What’s it like to have a song inside your head, itching to get out? A neuroscientist and a songwriter compare notes from the frontier of music and science.


A new technology that goes by the ungainly name of CRISPR-Cas9 could change the human genome for generations. Here’s why its inventor is trying to press pause.


For Sissel Tolaas, even the liveliest city may be a “blandscape.” Here, the chemist shares thoughts on why, for her, smell is the most important sense.


In June, biologist Tony Wyss-Coray described “an absolutely amazing development in aging research.” The implications are huge–and troubling.

Blood Pressure

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine think they might have come up with a novel way to manage blood pressure. Hint: Microbes.


Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical has been widely praised for supporting the science on climate change. But as Johan Rockström, who’s been involved in high level discussions between scientists and the Vatican explains, the story of how the Pope has integrated science and religion represents a profound shift in world view.


In 2014, Google’s Alan Eustace strapped himself to a weather balloon, soared to a height of 135,000 feet … and then jumped — all for science. Read more about his experiment … and about 9 others who merrily pushed the boundaries in the name of their work.