H. G. Wells is one of the most influential science fiction writers in history. In this Nature Video, we present five surprising facts about the man behind War of the Worlds . This is part of a science fiction special report on Nature.com ...
Fabric dyed with indigo just found in Peru is some 1,600 years older than indigo-dyed fabrics that have been found in the Middle East.
Three scientists reveal the works of fiction that influenced their life in the lab
What if we could see history as one continuous tableau? One artist endeavors to find out
An interview with Ada Palmer, author of the new science fiction novel Too Like the Lightning
Our recommendations for five scientifically satisfying stories of what is to come
Many films at the festival push the technological boundaries of story-telling
Fifty years after the original series premiere, it's still the gold standard of scientific accuracy, even with the occasional blunder
A Q&A with the writers of a new two-volume set that boldly goes to explore the “childish antics,” ego clashes, missed opportunities and prescient brilliance behind the scenes of one of TV’s most successful franchises...
The writings of H. G. Wells—born in 1866—launched a genre and inspired the iconic Star Trek series, 50 years old today. Dig in to all things sci-fi in this collection of articles...
What to expect from future posts by Glendon Mellow on Symbiartic, the SciArt blog on Scientific American. A bit of blogging housekeeping
Trompe l'oeil illusions challenge your perception
An anthropological look at the growing number of artisanal cheese makers in the U.S.
Language experts describe how cultures with nothing in common can learn to communicate
Artists find mind-bending ways to bring impossible figures into three-dimensional reality
There's a reason it's said to the camera—artisanal cheese maker Lisa Gottreich shares how she creates the stuff that is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face
Books and recommendations from Scientific American
Ancient Romans used the word, but pop culture has the concept all wrong
The designs, created between 2000 B.C. and A.D. 500, would have served to mark territory
Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: August 26, 1916.