We can explain the meaning of lyrics by looking at their component words and grammatical structure. But how do we explain the meaning of music?
Amid the museum’s 2 million works of art lie numerous mathematical curiosities
A campaign calls for the creation of a statue to recognize Félicette, the first cat to be sent into space.
Still looking for ways to take chances, make mistakes and get messy 20 years later
The Martian author Andy Weir’s much-anticipated new novel Artemis takes place in and around an Earth colony overlooking the moon’s Sea of Tranquility
The Bryde's whale has come up with a passive but more efficient feeding strategy in the hypoxic waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Caleb Scharf, director of Columbia University’s Astrobiology Center talks about his latest book, The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Almost Nothing, and the OSIRIS-REx space mission...
Book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American
Does it come from talent, hard work—or luck?
SETI pioneer Jill Tarter and Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer talk about how the discovery of nearby exoplanets is inspiring new efforts to gain info about these galactic neighbors. ...
Letters to the editor from the July 2017 issue of Scientific American
On National Bison Day, a look at the role the Bronx played in reestablishing herds of bison on the American plains.
Building outrageous yearly decorations for Halloween provided important lessons not just about design and engineering, but also embracing things that make you happy even when others might be inclined to judge...
For some, the non-living were just another age group
Homer's Odyssey is essentially a monster-making manual.
Orange, yellow, brown, red and black make sense. Where did purple come from?
Come on a virtual visit to one of the most fun science museums in the Northwest!
In this installment of On My Shelf, discussions about race in Britain draw parallels to race in the US and in the Caribbean.
Nikon recently announced winners for the Small World photomicrography competition