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Film and book reviews from Scientific American’s May 2016 issue
Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science fiction thriller, The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet...
Depictions of objects on a 3,000-year-old woman’s body may have had religious significance
On happy little squares, thought experiments and visualizing social systems
Migrants have played influential role shaping American taste, but not all contributions have been valued equally
The most interesting science art exhibits on display this spring and beyond
Sinking land and rising water are destroying seaside sites that hold the key to understanding vanished cultures
Despite the rush to virtual reality, the medium faces major challenges when it comes to filmmaking
Win more people over by dialing down the aggression
Researchers found that neighborhoods with a higher proportion of Flickr photos tagged "art" saw a higher spike in property prices. Christopher Intagliata reports.
From Aristotle to Watson, views on the mind, brain and soul have evolved. A brilliant new book adds perspective
If you haven't stood in front of Mount Saint Helens, it's hard to get a feel for how truly enormous the crater left by the May 1980 eruption is. But thanks to a handy sightseeing helicopter, perhaps I can give you a taste...
Forensic archaeologists are finally exploring what lies beneath the dirt—but not without resistance
Primatologist Frans de Waal discusses his latest book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016).
Innovation and discovery as chronicled in Scientific American
Letters to the editor from the January 2016 issue of Scientific American
To fully appreciate perspective art, mathematician Annalisa Crannell says both the artist and the art viewer need to do some math
Pre-order your copy of this illustrated book about “50 fearless pioneers who changed the world"
The legendary physicist visits a friend and shares a message about Passover and voyaging to the stars