Science

The Wild Wild East

It’s always been assumed that old-growth forests survived only in the West. But now the East Coast is experiencing the shock of the old as well.

Dust and Snow

High in the snowy San Juan Mountains, tiny particles have big implications.

What Only-Child Syndrome?

They’re smart, well adjusted and mature for their years. If there’s a problem with only children, researchers have yet to find it.

Not So Fast

The environmental optimists are wrong: there is no market-oriented, technological fix. Simply, and radically, people have to change their lives.

Friend or Foe? Crows Never Forget a Face, It Seems

Researchers have found that crows, renowned for their ability to flourish in human-dominated landscapes, can recognize individual human faces.

A Downside to Downing Dams?

Freeing up stopped rivers isn’t always the panacea one might expect.

We Aren’t the World

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

Feb 2013

Which Side Are You On?

To show our true colors on climate change, we’ve got to divest.

Nov 2012

Ms. Universe

Sep 2013

The Discover Interview: Francis Collins

The head of the Human Genome Project is a devout Christian and true believer in stem cell research.

Feb 2007

The Only Way to Have a Cow

A call for America to divest its heart and stomach from feedlot beef.

Mar 2010

Is There an “Obama Effect” on Crime?

A surprising new theory for the continuing crime decline among black Americans.

Oct 2011

Money Pollution

Sixteen nameless corporations are using the Chamber of Commerce to launch an assault against environmental regulation.

Feb 2011

One Small Step for Man. One Giant Leap for Middle-Aged Science Geeks and Chubby Real Estate Agents Everywhere

Three regular guys prepare to venture into orbit in a helium balloon. And thus is Amended the Grand Roll of Space Heroes: Shepard. Glenn. Armstrong—and Dave, John, and Bob.

Dec 1998

Who Holds the Clicker?

Neuroscientists hope that brain implants can treat intractable mental illness. But who would control those brave new minds?

Nov 2005

Double-Edged Genes

In a remote corner of Ecuador, doctors researching a rare form of dwarfism make a startling discovery: People who inherit the genetic defect may be immune to cancer and other diseases.

Apr 2013

What Makes You Fat: Too Many Calories, or the Wrong Carbohydrates?

Rigorously controlled studies may soon give us a definitive answer about what causes obesity.

Your Old Man

Men might have biological clocks, too. What happens when they hear them tick?

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War of Remembrance

How the problems of one Philadelphia family created the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and triggered the most controversial debate in modern mental health.

The Most Important Number on Earth

Now that we know how far we are past the carbon tipping point, it's time to freak out—and get to work.

Nov 2008

Chuck’s Bucket

Sometimes a man makes such a hash of his life that his only recourse is to bend the temporal fabric of reality itself!

Dec 2002
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Running Out of Time?

The fate of our planet will be determined in the next few decades, through our technological, lifestyle, and population choices.

May 1998

The Humanities and Human Nature

What does psycholinguistics have to do with poetics, or fiction with mental computation? Nothing, according to the academic humanities as currently practiced. So much the worse for them.

The Greenback Effect

Greed has helped destroy the planet—maybe now it can help save it.

May 2008