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The ability to study DNA revolutionized the field of biology. But to study it, scientists first have to extract DNA molecules from the rest of an organism.
Home DNA test kits are flying off the shelves allowing people to analyze their own genome and those of their relatives. But is that a good thing?
A project at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to restore the American chestnut tree is generating both promise and protest.
A paper published in the journal Nature on Wednesday describes Homo luzonensis, a new human species that lived in the Philippines.
The first ever image of a black hole marks a milestone not just in black hole astronomy, but for the study of gravity itself.
“Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein,” an exhibit at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, explores interconnections between art and science.
From the barnyard to the pooch motel, people are increasingly warming to the idea that animals have their own thoughts and feelings.
Clues buried in an ancient trash pile are shedding light on the role of climate change in the collapse of a Byzantine settlement.
With the successful return of SpaceX’s crew capsule, the United States appears poised once again to lead human spaceflight. For many Americans, space travel is part of their national identity.
Under different circumstances, humans can be the kindest, gentlest species or the most murderous. Evolution may hold clues to that Jekyll and Hyde nature.
In the search for life elsewhere in the universe, we tend to look for our own image. That may be limiting us in terms of seeing what's really there.
New research suggests that Homo sapiens' flexibility in finding food sources helped them to colonize seemingly impenetrable rainforests some 45,000 years ago.
NASA's Opportunity rover has provided scientists with 15 years worth of data. But more than that, “Oppy became a beloved and uniting symbol of human tenacity, curiosity, endeavour.”
As pet lovers know well, cats love nestling into boxes. No one know for sure why, but scientists think it has something to do with the way it feels.
Sometimes efforts to avoid bias can backfire in ways that actually deepen social divides. But that can be overcome, experts say, by focusing on the values and motivations behind the desire to appear fair.
New research suggests that honeybees are capable of performing simple addition and subtraction on the fly. But is that really math?
This year marks the 60th anniversary of an experiment at Russia’s Institute of Cytology and Genetics that is shedding light not just on the origins of dogs, but perhaps even on modern humans.
For Beijing, Thursday's historic lunar landing is as much about cementing global-power status on Earth as it is a foray into the cosmos.
This year marked two big anniversaries for American space exploration and changed how we see ourselves.
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