NatureNature, or the natural world, encompasses the behavior and physiology of animals, plants and minerals
Set deep within the Russian subcontinent, Baikal is the deepest, oldest and most voluminous of all lakes
August 07, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
A new technology combines thousands of individual images to create a zoom-able picture of living tissue, down to the cellular level
August 07, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Good news on the illegal wildlife trade front: a new forensic genetics tool allows scientists to pinpoint where seized illegal ivory originates.
August 07, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Lovell, of the Lovell telescope, made several advances in radio astronomy and physics.
August 07, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
One rogue shark. Five victims. A mysterious threat. And the era of the killer great white was born
August 07, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Walking on two legs distinguished the first hominids from other apes, but scientists still aren't sure why our ancestors became bipedal
August 06, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
Marine mammals expert Charles Potter has big plans for his newest acquisition
August 03, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
A number of studies indicate that several herb extracts could protect against sunburn and other damage from UV light
August 01, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
For the earth's sake, maybe it's time we take a good, hard look at our dietary habits
August 01, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
A 44,000-year-old collection of wood and bone tools from South Africa may be the earliest example of modern culture, a new study suggests
August 01, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
Why more writers should be as fearless, and as prickly as Vidal.
August 01, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
A new study indicates that the mere act of smiling can help us deal with stressful situations more easily
July 31, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
New research reveals that the flu virus has mutated into a novel strain of influenza, which gained the ability to transfer not just from bird to seal, but from seal to seal.
July 31, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The science is mixed on whether running shoes or bare feet are the way to go
July 30, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The things we do to animals for the LOLs might not be as innocuous as they seem.
July 30, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
This week at the Smithsonian, the evolution of fish through X-Ray, India's imperial arts and the divisive legacy of Native blood laws.
July 30, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
A few highlights of death on New York City's subways over the years.
July 29, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Sharks may have the healthiest teeth in the animal kingdom.
July 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
A continuation of last week's list of the author's favorite reads
July 27, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
A live webcam let's you watch Alaskan brown bears hunt salmon during the fishes' annual migration.
July 27, 2012 | By Colin Schultz