Malaria on the Rise as East African Climate Heats Up
In East Africa warming as a result of climate change is paving the way for the spread of malaria. Excerpt from Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It, by Paul R. Epstein, MD, and Dan Ferber.
A Practical Blueprint for a Low-Carbon Electrical World
Scientific experts, business and policy leaders, and young environmental leaders present a comprehensive path toward a low-carbon electricity system.
Fighting back against ‘alternative facts’
Experts share secrets on how to ground a debate in reality
Microbes Made to Order
A new breed of bioengineers aims to create microbes from off-the-shelf parts. The parts are coming, but will researchers be able to put them together?
Batteries: Beyond Lithium
The lithium-ion batteries that underpin so much modern technology are nearing their developmental limits, which is why battery scientists are looking beyond lithium.
The End of Slavery in New York
As slavery ended in New York, black abolitionists extended the underground railroad
Tomorrow’s health monitors will collect more up-to-the-minute brain and body data than currently imaginable—even from a distance
Off to the Races
Who Better to Teach Cars How to Drive Themselves than the Professionals Who Race for a Living?
Could ‘Clean Coal’ Finally Live up to Its Name?
An experimental new technology captures more than 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from burning coal
Understanding Prehistoric Violence
Archaeologists are studying broken bones, ancient weapons and other artifacts to learn what causes violence.
Vehicle-to-Grid: A New Spin on Car Payments
Buried in the high hopes for electric cars is the very real possibility that they can make money by powering and regulating the grid.
From Pigs to People
The discovery of a novel strain of MRSA able to jump from livestock to humans has sparked a multicountry effort to see how dangerous it might be
Downwind of the Big Dairy Farm
Eric and Lisa Stickdorn were loving life on their small Indiana farm—until the feedlot got going next door.
A wave of new advances shows how the mind affects health in ways we never imagined.
The Checkup that Can Save Your Life
The dentist may be the most important doctor you see this year
The Last Frontier
Biologist Jerry Lewis crawls deep into the darkness of America’s caves to shed light on some of the rarest animals on earth.
Will Artificial Muscle Make You Stronger?
An arm-wrestling match between a 17-year-old girl and a robot showcases new materials that could power machines—and someday even human limbs and organs