Dogs understand praise the same way we do. Here's why that matters.

Dogs can't speak, but their brains respond to spoken words, suggesting human language has deep evolutionary roots.

Mysterious carvings and evidence of human sacrifice uncovered in ancient city

Discoveries at the sprawling site have archaeologists rethinking the roots of Chinese civilization.

Why antibodies may not be the key to beating coronavirus

Worries over waning antibodies may be overblown, as growing evidence shows a role for T cells in the coronavirus immune response.

Microplastics have moved into virtually every crevice on Earth

A collection of new research provides more clues about where and how microplastics are spreading.

How to take a European road trip without leaving America’s Midwest

A scenic drive in Wisconsin takes in Swiss yodelers, Norwegian trolls, and more.

Why the U.S. government is allowing bears, wolves to be hunted in their dens

The rollback of a rule banning controversial hunting methods in Alaska's national preserves has some worried the National Park Service is ceding control to states with less conservation-oriented goals.

For Black women, the 19th Amendment didn’t end their fight to vote

A noted historian examines two myths about what the 19th Amendment did—and didn’t—do for women in 1920.

Wildlife deaths from coronavirus disinfectant use alarm scientists

In Chongqing, China, at least 135 animals were poisoned—evidence that cities should regulate spraying in public areas, biologists argue.

Antarctica is the last continent without COVID-19. Scientists want to keep it that way.

Studying Antarctica is critical to combating climate change, but most scientists can’t travel to the continent this upcoming season.

2020 back-to-school edition: how to navigate the transition

The upcoming school year is still evolving. Experts weigh in on how to prepare.