Infrared spectroscopy and computer simulations reveal the hidden world of solvent-solute interactions
The November collapse released enough mercury and arsenic to cause irreversible health damage
Chemists learn to distill alcohol with light instead of heat. Light beer may have new meaning
Long-term study of children ties exposure to sleep disorders later in life
New measurements of Tamu Massif, the world's largest volcano, indicate that it had a very complicated genesis.
Fruits growing wild in urban areas were found to be healthful and to contain lower levels of lead than what's considered safe in drinking water
Air jets and sound waves can be used to levitate objects. But the strangest way of all taps the quantum effects of superconductors. Game developer, space traveler and friend of Scientific American Richard Garriott glides through the demonstration.
The pores are permanent, and might be great for uses like carbon capture
Molecule-thin materials, more immediately, could be artificial muscles and sensors
Some products impact sperm production and ovulation in mice
Beeswax residues found on shards of stone age pottery in the Mediterranean region indicate that humans were keeping honeybees as early as 9,000 years ago
Tu Youyou won for an antimalarial drug, but China shrouded her work in secrecy and provided few incentives
Cuts to emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides help restore natural balance
A compound called a sterol improves lens transparency in early tests
Anyone that's chopped into an onion is familiar with the noxious fumes and irritating pain induced by an otherwise delicious vegetable. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr explains how this bulbous member of the Allium genus can bring us to tears.
Video credits: edited by Kathryn Free, produced by Eric R. Olson
Testing for three brain chemicals reveals impairment faster than standard neuropsychological exams
Researchers report a spike in the number of methane plumes along the Northwest coast emanating from depths of about 500 meters, a possible indication that submerged frozen methane is becoming available
Challenging chemistry and challenging markets hold back a better battery
Plants, engineered to make extra substances that protect human cells, show GMO crops may improve health
Supermarket products have tiny plastic particles, probably from ocean pollution attached to sea salt