After Shoemaker–Levy 9 wrecked havoc on the solar system’s largest planet in 1994, for a rare moment on Earth politics were not parochial, but astronomical. Its political and scientific legacy still shines today
Farmers may not be raising pigs with human organs anytime soon, but researchers are taking the first steps to making it possible
Long-running gap may, however, be getting narrower
A Chinese herbal remedy and a drug made from soil bacteria lead three researchers to a share in the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Sleep enhances the performance of a number of the body's biological processes—from the brain to the immune system
Planetarium software, among other things, shows how ancient Egyptians planned to navigate the sky after death
Scientists try to understand why some patients get better and others don't
The most hyped science story of the 21st century starts with a cocoa bean
Recently discovered structures in cells could one day lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, gout and other ailments
Like many Americans, I have struggled with weight much of my adult life. In my case, a desk job and a tendency to eat under stress have made it easier to add a few pounds than to maintain my weight in any given year.
Nearly half of all cancer patients undergoing next-generation genetic tests could receive misleading results that guide them and their physicians toward improper treatment
Findings could one day lead to more personalized treatment decisions
Innovative steps attempt to reduce the tragic 25-year climb in U.S. maternal death rates
Ambient light keeps genes in the brain, liver, pancreas and other tissues in sync with one another
Researchers try to prevent bacteria from gumming up the works in industry, medicine and agriculture
We asked "What's for breakfast?" You shared. This highly biased survey shows how the Scientific American community powers up for a day of reading abstracts, tweaking creationists or relaxing on holidays
The answers to eleven questions help individuals aged 65 years and older determine the risk of a severe to potentially fatal reaction to chemotherapy
Mathematical modeling isn't just for physicists any more. Using mathematical equations and computer programs to simulate reality is becoming vitally important to understanding biology as well
Whether it’s oatmeal or kimchee, snap the foods that get you going in the morning
President Obama yesterday asked for $263 million over the next three years to, among other things, equip and train police with body-worn cameras. Scientific American published an Agenda item on body worn cameras in the December issue (currently on news stands).