On Monday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will harvest lettuce that has been growing aboard since early July. NASA claims it's an important step towards future exploration of distant worlds.
The Environmental Protection Agency is evaluating the impact of wastewater that spilled from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. An estimated 3 million gallons of orange fluid has traveled from the Animas River in Colorado to the San Juan River in New Mexico.
An international team of astronomers has measured the energy produced within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before, and their work shows how the universe is slowly dying.
Crew members on the International Space Station sampled red romaine lettuce Monday, the first food to be grown and eaten in space.
The spill on Wednesday sent heavy metals, arsenic, and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest. Estimates of its size have risen sharply since then.
The physician and pharmacologist worked at the government agency in the early 1960s, when she uncovered a link between the drug and severe birth defects.
Sexting can be risky for teens, research suggests, but is it bad for consenting adults? Researchers are starting to think the behavior may have its perks — both in and out of bed.
Can a computer program craft passable prose — something readers can't distinguish from human-authored stuff? How about poetry, or dance mixes? New contests pose those challenges.
Tigers have round pupils, but domestic cats have vertical slits in the center of their eyes. What gives? A census of the shapes of animals' pupils suggests size and way of life each play a big role.
We're not talking steroids here, we're talking about the stuff you can buy at the supermarket. They're not dangerous in themselves. But overuse can signal emotional or physical problems.
Also this week, an in-depth look at Darren Wilson — the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
A psychologist says there could be a simple way to make calorie-packed foods like French fries or ice cream seem unappealing, even a bit disgusting. Others are less sure.
It has many names: Montezuma's Revenge. Delhi Belly. And there are about as many misconceptions about traveler's diarrhea as there are names for it. We're here to explain what actually will help.
Bagels are getting too big and puffy, throwing off proper ratios to cream cheese and lox. Something must be done.
Male humpback whales create 'songs' together, scientists say. Katy Payne was the first to hear the shifts in pitch and pattern in the collective calls as complex music — haunting, evolving tunes.
Seventy years ago today, an atomic bomb wiped a city off the map. The men who picked the target knew the destruction would be awful, but hoped it could end the war and stop future use of such bombs.
A former steel mill in New Jersey is getting a new lease on life as an indoor farm. AeroFarms is betting it can turn a profit growing greens with lights, using far less water than a traditional farm.
It's easy to spot what Alzheimer's patients have lost — memory, communication skills and more. But a study that sent medical students and dementia patients to art classes opened new vistas for all.
What the secret to long-lasting milk? A complex system of refrigeration called the cold chain. But in some parts of developing countries, the chain doesn't exist, leaving a lot of milk to spoil.
A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.