Studying the Web will reveal better ways to exploit information, prevent identity theft, revolutionize industry, and manage our ever-growing online lives
A community of engineers, designers and innovators is collaborating online to make better prosthetic hands and arms for amputees. One of the lead engineers lost his own arm in Iraq
A clever combination of optics and genetics is allowing neuroscientists to identify and control brain circuits with unprecedented precision
Formation of an ocean is a rare event, one few scientists have ever witnessed. Yet this geophysical nativity is unfolding today in one of the hottest and most inhospitable corners of the globe. Visit the site in safety through this extraordinary photographic essay
Inspired by commercial bar codes, DNA tags could provide a quick, inexpensive way to identify species
Our universe may have started not with a big bang but with a big bounce—an implosion that triggered an explosion, all driven by exotic quantum-gravitational effects
IQ is easy to measure and reflects something real. But scientists hunting among our genes for the factors that shape intelligence are discovering they are more elusive than expected
Hydrogen Power on the Cheap—Or, at Least, Cheaper
Chemists have devised less expensive ways to tap the energy potential of this ubiquitous element.
Outsmarting Bombers and a Warless Future?
We discuss high-tech attempts to battle improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and journalist John Horgan talks about the possibility of eliminating war.
How the Seeds of the First Stars Formed
Simulations reveal that the cosmic dark ages ended when protostars coalesced from primordial clouds of hydrogen gas.
From dark matter to synthetic biology, SciAm editors show how to explain complicated concepts simply, using the everyday stuff on their desks.
Could a Pill Replace Exercise?
A drug improves physical endurance in mice, but don’t throw away your treadmill quite yet.
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Conventional washing machines cause excessive damage and wrinkling to clothes primarily during the water removal step. With the introduc
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The Dow Chemical Company is the leading producer of polyalkylene glycols (PAGs) used in synthetic fluids and lubricants where petroleum,
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