The psychology of intrinsic motivation and “hard fun” could improve education and, naturally, the next generation of video games
Researchers have figured out how to coax stem cells into becoming organized clusters of neurons
Expert advice on lighting, timing and hacking your dreams
With the end of Moore's law in sight, chip manufacturers are spending billions to develop novel computing technologies
Agreeable personalities produce more of the brain's natural painkillers
Whether or not machines can quickly answer yes-or-no questions could affect everything from national security to the limits of human knowledge
Ten thoughts, trends and technologies that have the power to transform our lives
When research is like a video game, computers finish second
Bringing joysticks and scoreboards into our daily routine may be the key to making us better people
It gobbles up wood chips, leaves and other “biomass” and generates electricity
Algorithms inspired by Mother Nature help us run our vast digital biosphere
Could modern civilization really come to an end? Experts take stock of eight doomsday scenarios
Our highly selective list includes Teflon, dropped calls and the space shuttle
Research on sharks, and knowledge about them, is still just gaining speed as marine biologists race to learn about the cartilaginous predators before they are fished out of existence
Trapped lightning could help zap trash and generate electricity
From solar power to powering our planet with garbage, Scientific American explores ideas that would improve our planet
A train that doesn't even stop in Willoughby; Extinction rock; and more...
Voters who know their place; Chilling evidence of rapid climate meltdown; Humans to galaxy: "We're here!" via golden plaques and snack food; and DNA self-sequencing kit marketers parse "lab test"
Like a summer blockbuster, this episode is full of thrills--magnets that turn off a reporter's ability to speak; indestructible unmanned aerial vehicles; and more...