Human life span may have no limit, analysis of supercentenarians suggests

Statistical methods predict that old-age record could reach 130 by century’s end

Tom Siegfried • knowable
Dec. 18, 2021 ~9 min

Searching for a better treatment for eating disorders

Cognitive behavioral therapy is proving to work well, but only for some patients. Scientists are seeking new innovations to help people grappling with the pervasive and often-hidden problems of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Kendall Powell • knowable
Dec. 16, 2021 ~21 min

How racism in early life can affect long-term health

OPINION: Excessive adversity activates biological reactions that can lead to lifelong problems in physical and mental wellbeing

Jack P. Shonkoff • knowable
Dec. 13, 2021 ~8 min

Can science solve the poverty problem?

 An evidence-based policy movement is arming the fight with tools and programs that are more effective than ever before

M. Mitchell Waldrop • knowable
Dec. 10, 2021 ~19 min

To learn Klingon or Esperanto: What invented languages can teach us

NuqneH! Saluton! A linguistic anthropologist (and creator of the Kryptonian language, among others) studies the people who invent new tongues.

Bob Holmes • knowable
Dec. 8, 2021 ~14 min

Why do thieves keep stealing catalytic converters? It’s elemental

Rhodium is one of several precious metals that put the catalyst in catalytic. And right now it’s worth more than gold.

Greg Miller • knowable
Dec. 7, 2021 ~1 min

The ups and downs of a great vertical migration

Many water dwellers – from plankton to large fish – commute daily from the depths to the surface. Researchers are starting to shed light on this still poorly understood phenomenon.

Hannah Seo • knowable
Dec. 3, 2021 ~11 min

Why there’s no such thing as pristine nature

A growing body of research shows that people have been shaping the planet for millennia — muddying the very idea of wilderness and prompting calls for a revolution in ecology and conservation

Julia Rosen • knowable
Dec. 1, 2021 ~19 min

Question the ‘lab leak’ theory. But don’t call it a conspiracy.

OPINION: If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, labels get in the way of facts and make the truth that much harder to find.

Ivan Oransky • knowable
Nov. 23, 2021 ~8 min

The ancient origins of glass

Featuring ingots, shipwrecks, pharaohs and an international trade in colors, the material’s rich history is being traced using modern archaeology and materials science

Carolyn Wilke • knowable
Nov. 18, 2021 ~18 min