A gallery of images captured by light microscopy reveals the high art of the natural world
Trapped lightning could help zap trash and generate electricity
Tiny, ubiquitous sensors will allow us to index the physical world the way the Web maps cyberspace
A new wave of start-ups wants to install rooftop solar panels on your house. Upfront cost: nothing
Your PC can accomplish any computing task you ask of it. Why isn't the same true for robots?
Space-based data are helping to track and predict the spread of deadly diseases
The military, short on linguists, is building smart phone–based devices to do the job
Marine zoning is a bold remedy for sick seas
Complex diseases have complex causes. Luckily, they also leave a multitude of traces
Plug-in hybrid trucks are improving the long view of the short haul
Subwaylike bus lines mobilize the urban future
Arctic permafrost is already thawing, creating lakes that emit methane. The heat-trapping gas could dramatically accelerate global warming. How big is the threat? What can be done?
New explorations have revealed how the Antikythera mechanism modeled lunar motion and predicted eclipses, among other sophisticated tricks
By adapting a global network of telescopes, astronomers will soon get their first look ever at the dark silhouette of a black hole
From solar power to powering our planet with garbage, Scientific American explores ideas that would improve our planet
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