The Microscopic Majesty of Sugars, Salts, and Spices

How a sophisticated text-generation AI posed as a human on AskReddit for a week

On this day in 1871 one of the most horrific fires in history went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world

There’s a gene for detecting that fishy smell, olfactory GWAS shows

Video: Tour of Asteroid Bennu [4:53]

Gallery: The world’s most beautiful but dangerous creatures

Feds charge six men accused in plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Scientists Are Finding a Ton of New and Mysterious Craters on Mars

American-Made Spy Boat on Secret Mission Washes Up in Scotland

She Was Afraid of Her Lawyer. Then the Text Messages Started.

A man fell to his death while taking pictures on a cliff in Arizona. Authorities discovered other remains while recovering his body

Experiencing physical pain can cause you to overspend

When Royals Perfumed Themselves with the Excretions of Musk Deer and Civet Cats

How Do People Become Pro-Social Psychopaths?

Before plants or animals existed, this 250,000-ton rock fell in the mud. Here’s how we know

Why Doesn’t the Earth Have a Bunch of Mini Moons?

Astronomers find evidence planets start to form while infant stars are still growing

What Happened to South America’s Missing Mega-Mammals?

The Elusive Peril of Space Junk

Fungi, Folklore, and Fairyland

Behind China’s ‘pork miracle’: how technology is transforming rural hog farming

The fear of becoming a meal is a powerful evolutionary force that shapes brains, behaviour and entire ecosystems

How a balloon flying over Antarctica made parallel universes tabloid fodder

On this day in 1959 NASA began running tests on a secret flying saucer

The wreck of the WWII steamship Karlsruhe may hold lost Russian treasure

Why Do Mirrors Flip Things Horizontally But Not Vertically? Here’s The Physics

The discovery of a new taste cell deepens our understanding of this complex and adaptive sensory system

India’s warrior queen didn’t back down from the British

The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer

The Indian megacity digging a million wells

On this day in 1957 a fire quietly started in the Windscale Nuclear plant

How the ‘right stuff’ to be an astronaut has changed over the years

Photos: Deadly Flooding in Southeastern France

Work, Float, Eat, Dream: Life on the International Space Station

Remote learning isn’t new: Radio instruction in the 1937 polio epidemic

The Air Leak on the International Space Station is Worse Than Previously Believed

This Socialite Hated Washing Dishes So Much That She Invented the Automated Dishwasher

A Woman Accidentally Swallowed a Fish Bone and It Pierced Her Aorta

The ‘Star Trek’ Saga: How the Starship Enterprise Almost Landed in Las Vegas

The Quantum Internet Will Blow Your Mind. Here’s What It Will Look Like

Nature’s Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison

Asbestos could be a powerful weapon against climate change (you read that right)

Grapefruit Is One of the Weirdest Fruits on the Planet

The UK’s rumoured subterranean network

Scientists Have Created a Laser Scanner That Can See Through Fog

The economics of vending machines

What would the world do without GPS?

A Thousand Years Before Darwin, Islamic Scholars Were Writing About Natural Selection

Archaeologists unearth remains believed to be of Anglo-Saxon warlord

Neutrino Detectors Could Be Used to Spot Nuclear Rogues

Carina Nebula’s wild tendrils star in extraordinary image of stars being born

NASA is testing the first of its new moonwalking spacesuits

Venice holds back the water for first time in 1,200 years

The Catch: The rescue of two children from a burning apartment in Grenoble, southern France, captivated the world

The Beatles’ “Carnival of Light” Has Never Seen Daylight

Watch an Airplane Make This Battleship ‘Disappear’ in Nearly 100-Year-Old Video

California Has Its First ‘Gigafire’ in Modern History

Precariously balanced rocks offer clues about future earthquake risk

Gallery: Winners of Close-up Photographer of the Year award

The ecological impact of fences