A look at the origins of the famous Chinese-American dish.
Interactive data visualization charts the changing popularity of 195 different foods over time
Photographer Michael Santiago documents the declining number of black farmers in California
This is our job now, artists: ask riddles, question authority, ridicule power and underscore weirdness using a big fat licorice-scented marker
A look at how the free communal meal is made at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
Julien d’Huy, of the Pantheon–Sorbonne University in Paris, talks about the use of evolutionary theory and computer modeling in the comparative analysis of myths and folktales, the subject of his article in the December 2016 Scientific American ...
Letters to the editor from the July 2016 issue of Scientific American
Naples yellow. Antwerp blue. Some paint pigments are named for a sense of place. Perhaps we need an Ontario ochre?
Can a psychedelic theology explain Trump’s ascendance?
And more new books for November 2016
A noted psychologist argues that it is necessary to dig a lot deeper than the gift of gab to find out what makes us special
The American history of the political yard sign may date back to 1824 when John Quincy Adams had signs printed for his presidential run. Our current wireframe version seems to have originated in the 1960s...
In America's past, efforts by disadvantaged citizens to secure greater political influence have been met with violent repression
Organizations need a mechanism to evaluate potential options for change. Is there anything salvageable from the postmortem?
There's so much #SciArt out there to see, sometimes you just have to share a link list! This edition featuring sciart by Moiety Mouse
You know the physicist—now meet the emoji
The skull paintings of Christine Mercer-Vernon transcend our modern seasonal macabre and reveal the beauty of death as part of life.
Sparking imaginations and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers
The Assassin's Creed video game series embed players in a secret history. Glendon Mellow relates his own experience meeting Charles Darwin and Leonardo da Vinci and wonders if he can't help loving these games...