A buzzworthy science activity
LIGO researcher Nergis Mavalvala talks about measuring spacetime shifts from the gravitational superpowers at the center of galaxies
Scientists tackle the question of how to search for life on Saturn’s sixth-largest moon
Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking horses.
The egg-size platinum alloy standard kilo in Paris could be replaced by a calculation
Reducing fat from chocolate can gum up manufacturing equipment, making low-fat chocolate hard to produce—but an electric field can help. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The technique could allow quantum computers to address otherwise-intractable problems in particle physics
A cutting-edge project from Science Buddies
An electrifying science project
The second confirmation of ripples in spacetime is announced by astronomers at LIGO
Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever and MIT’s Rainer Weiss were the founders of the LIGO experiment that detected gravitational waves. They were just awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics and two of them spoke with Scientific American's Clara Moskowitz about LIGO and the public's reaction.
Soldiers 1,500 years ago used drilled projectiles to intimidate enemies with a shrill, buzzing sound
An energy-efficient alternative to LEDs has greater focusing power, for microscopes and spotlights. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Combining the best of analog and digital approaches could yield a full-scale multipurpose quantum computer
A movie about baseball's primary pitch is a hit
The successful technology demonstration paves the way for detecting mergers of supermassive black holes with future space-based observatories
“Dark radiation” is named as a possible factor, as a new study suggests expansion could be 9 percent faster
A ColorFULL activity from Science Buddies
Astrophysicist Mario Livio will discuss how famous thinkers’ blunders have played a vital role in research during a live Webcast tonight at 7 P.M.
The wealthy technologist claims some of the world’s top experts on Earth-threatening asteroids are guilty of bad science