Antibiotics alone may be enough to cure appendicitis, upending a century-old standard of “slicing tiny, inflamed organs from people’s guts” to cure the condition, according to research published this week in JAMA.  

Youth: They’re the first to download, update, plug in, take risks and embrace new technologies. They’re sharing their dissatisfaction with the status quo, and their visions for a healthier future (think #MeToo and #NeverAgain), write Jessica Renzella and Lucy Richards of…

In the urgent search for multipronged, coordinated solutions to the opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S., blockchain might be just the powerful weapon we need.

Is it time to say goodbye to handsets and literally lodge your virtual assistant inside your ear? The future of smartphones may be “hearable.” Silicon Valley giants Amazon, Apple and Google are angling to make our mobile technology entirely voice-commandable. But there’s…

With the help of scientists, sustainability can be drawn into the blueprints of our cities, which now accommodate over half of the world’s population. From smart waste disposal to driverless cars to tree cover, this special report outlines the many ways science breeds…

A Ukrainian clinic is performing pronuclear transfers for women unable to have their own children. The procedure creates embryos using DNA from 3 people and is banned by the FDA, criticized as “irresponsible human experimentation.” Experts don’t yet know if DNA changes are…

The start-up Modern Fertility sees "a world where getting fertility tested is as routine as getting a pap smear," says founder Afton Vechery. It’s one of a clutch of tech companies looking to crack the fertility tech market in Silicon Valley. 

With today’s technology, we could end the death and suffering caused by neglected diseases. Yet only 4% of all new therapeutic products registered from 2000 to 2011 addressed neglected diseases—which cause about 11% of the global disease burden, according to a trio of…

Rising temperatures and worsening droughts are increasingly dehydrating the American West. Arizona’s Zero Mass Water is trying their hand at creating new sources of drinkable water, such as hydropanels strapped to buildings.Ryan Bradley pressed Zero Mass one further,…

In Panama, a vector technician named Orlando goes from house to house, street to street, gathering and tracking data about mosquito breeding sites and disease hot spots. It’s a difficult job. His success depends on his interpersonal skills, on earning the trust of…