Reflections on the convergence of art and science
They get lots wrong but a surprising amount right
Is weirdness only in the eye of the beholder or is it an objective quality of reality?
Fruit bats raised hearing different pitches of sounds vocalized in keeping with their aural environment as they matured.
New study shows that meteorites rather than terrestrial ore were the sources of Bronze-Age iron
Repeating something can render that thing melodious—even the sound of a shovel being dragged across the pavement. Karen Hopkin reports.
Encouraging the budding scientist in your life doesn't have to mean getting your hands on the latest gadgets
Stolen people—mostly women and children—were a driving force in the evolution of modern society
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For thousands of years, women in agricultural societies seem to have had arms stronger than members of modern rowing teams.
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On a 21-day, expert-led expedition across Africa, travelers will explore a continent’s worth of ecosystems and cultures in a single journey.
Sometimes it take a little bit of humor to see that clear ideas can get buried inside convoluted sentences
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Letters to the editor from the August 2017 issue of Scientific American
A social scientist studies how car stickers turn the roads into actual information highways.
On October 17, Scientific American hosted a special event on creativity at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., in collaboration with Springer Nature and The Story Collider. Watch scientists and others tell their favorite stories about the nature of imagination, intuition, inventiveness and other sparks of brilliance...
Looking into the source of your holiday meal may lead to more questions than answers—and that can be a good thing
Pulling up to a parking spot and finding a shopping cart there can be pretty frustrating. Why do people ignore the receptacle?
New World societies long ago likely had less income inequality than those in the Old World, and the difference might have been an oxen gap. Christopher Intagliata reports.