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The Surge of Zika Virus

The mosquito-borne disease is spreading across the globe and has been linked to alarming birth defects and an autoimmune disease that can cause paralysis. Scientific American has been tracking the dengue-like illness since fall 2015

January 26, 2016

Customized Human Genes: New Promises and Perils

This week, at an international summit in Washington D.C., scientists debated the use of easy new ways to alter human DNA, which could cure diseases but also literally change humanity. Scientific American reports from the front lines of the debate

December 1, 2015

Combating Terrorism with Science

From the psychology of violent extremism to cracking encrypted communications, counterterrorism efforts rely on the latest scientific research

November 17, 2015

Hurricane Katrina's Devastating Lessons

In the 10 years since this deadly storm, which also came in as one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history, the nation’s leaders and engineers still struggle to upgrade our preparedness 

August 24, 2015

How Assistive Technologies Enable People with Disabilities

The emergence of mobile “assistive” technologies, influenced heavily by the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25 years ago, marks a major step forward for people with disabilities, unlocking unprecedented new possibilities for communication, navigation and independence

August 5, 2015

A Guide to the Pluto Flyby Success

NASA’s New Horizons’ close approach to the last of the original set of nine planets in our solar system is yielding a bounty of surprising planetary science

July 16, 2015

A Guide to Earthquakes

What causes tremors? What makes them stop? Can they be predicted? Are our buildings as safe as they can be?

April 27, 2015

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