A new air traffic control system could ensure that you spend less time flying the crowded skies
Self-piloting quadcopters make more sense than an airplane–automobile hybrid—but safety and logistics problems remain
If anything's alive on the ice-covered ocean world of Europa, a future NASA mission hopes to find it.
This week powerful radio waves will disturb the ionosphere to probe satellite disruptions and create strange glows
A movement to privatize Earth-observing satellites is gaining ground
Scientific American executive editor Fred Guterl talks with Pres. Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, about climate science, space travel, the issue of reproducibility in science, the brain initiative and more.
Time flows slightly faster on the Global Positioning System satellites than it does on the ground, so Einstein's relativity theory comes into play when figuring out where on Earth you are.
Barbara Kiser, books and arts editor at Nature, talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three works about the little-known history of women mathematicians.
In a Christmas tradition, the defense organization NORAD helps us keep track of Santa as he zips around the world delivering toys.
NOAA storm scientists describe their harrowing trips into a swirling chaos of rain, dust, salt and bacteria
Gauntlet is now thrown down to maritime and land transportation
Perlan mission will surf stratospheric waves and conduct atmospheric research
Military aviators learn to second-guess their senses
It features a modular airplane cabin that will help engineers scientifically determine future layouts
Craft due to launch in August is first in a wave of planned quantum space experiments
Mission scientists are investigating what caused a suspension the Mars rover's activities on July 2
A next-generation space telescope is in the works—but if it is to see potentially habitable planets, it will need to block out their suns