Bloodsucking worms called schistosomes are among the world's most worrisome human parasites. A new genome sequence and powerful genetic tools promise to help crack their secrets
Worn-out proteins, malfunctioning organelles, invading microorganisms: all are swept up by tiny internal "vacuum cleaners" that keep a living cell healthy. If the process, called autophagy, can be kept in good working order, aging itself might be delayed
New findings reveal that cigarette addiction can arise astonishingly fast. But the research could lead to therapies that make quitting easier
Is posting raw results online, for all to see, a great tool or a great risk?
Plans are afoot to reuse spent reactor fuel in the U.S. But the advantages of the scheme pale in comparison with its dangers
Switches within DNA that govern when and where genes are turned on enable genomes to generate the great diversity of animal forms from very similar sets of genes
Long viewed as a stately procession to a foregone conclusion, planetary formation turns out to be startlingly chaotic
This month our Web site features an eight-part series on scientists who used themselves as guinea pigs. Among them is Kevin Warwick, who wired his nervous system into the Internet—and his wife.
Strange but True
Survival in Space Unprotected Is Possible (Briefly)
But don’t linger in the interstellar vacuum or hold your breath.
Food Containers Leach a Potentially Harmful Chemical
Is bisphenol A, a major ingredient in many plastics, healthy for children and other living things?
A Star Is Flung
The star called HE 0437-5439 looks like it was tossed out of the Large Magellanic Cloud by a hypothesized black hole.
Scientific American Hears from Climate Skeptics
We dared to visit the Heartland Institute’s anti–climate change conference.
Arthur C. Clarke, R.I.P.
The accomplishments of the legendary writer extend far beyond 2001.
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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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