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Do Your DNA Duty: Collect Wild Animal Poop and Dog Saliva for Science

Genome sequencing technology is advancing at a breathtaking pace. In the decades since the Human Genome Project, scientists have developed the tools to...

Can We Bring Back Mammoths From Extinction? Probably Not — Here’s Why

The last mammoths were in trouble. Isolated on Wrangel Island, a spit of land off the coast of Siberia, the last pack on...

Humans Domesticated Horses — New Tech Could Help Archaeologists Figure Out Where and When

In the increasingly urbanized world, few people still ride horses for reasons beyond sport or leisure. However, on horseback, people, goods and ideas...

These Skulls From Ancient Humans Might Provide Clues About Early Mating Practices

On an archeological dig, finding remains from ancient, early humans is always somewhat surprising. Yet that initial thrill gets a serious boost when...

The Dawn of American Plant Science Was Lost in a Botanist’s Prolific Notes. You Can Help Digitize Them

A New York Botanical Garden project called Transcribing Torrey is asking volunteers to decipher the notes and correspondence of one of the most...

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An Outgoing Teenager Shuts Down. Something’s Out of Whack

This story appeared in the May 2020 issue as "When a Teenager Shuts Down." Subscribe to Discover magazine for more stories like this.At...

New Special Collection: Fire in the Earth System

Over the past few years, major fire seasons in fire-prone regions such as Australia and the western United States and unprecedented fire activity...

Misadventures in Suburban Birding – Cool Green Science

I kept thinking, “how am I going to explain this to my husband?” And then, “maybe he won’t find out.” Followed by, “of...