A few brief reports about international science and technology from Brazil to Hong Kong, including one about male elephants in India exhibiting unusual social behaviors.
The pumpkin’s ancestor was an incredibly bitter, tennis-ball-sized squash—but it was apparently a common snack for mastodons. Christopher Intagliata reports.
What could have been an excellent documentary is marred by several glaring problems
Painter and mathematician Edward Belbruno inhabits both worlds with equal comfort
A recent excursion to Italy made it clear to students and professors alike that these things are interrelated
Bloom’s book The Anxiety of Influence helped a science writer understand the plight of modern scientists trying to surpass their predecessors
50 things to see in the night sky, untold stories of mathematical Americans, and more
People pair mathematical proofs with paintings and pieces of music similarly
DNA from the teeth of medieval plague victims indicates the pathogen likely first arrived in eastern Europe before spreading across the continent.
A young philosopher finds philosophy consoling because it is impossible...
Combining two types of machine intelligence could open new frontiers of art...
Scientists harness “structural color” to create images in plastic
Western ears consider a pitch at double the frequency of a lower pitch to be the same note, an octave higher. The Tsimane’, an indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon basin, do not...
Physics historian Graham Farmelo talks about his latest book, The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.
Some big questions, such as how matter makes mind and what quantum mechanics means, may not have a single, definitive answer
Book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American
A program at the University of Illinois trains indigenous scientists in genomics—in hopes that future work will be aimed at benefiting those communities. Christine Herman reports. ...
U.S. Military Academy cadets wear the colors black, gray and gold for reasons found in gunpowder’s chemistry.
Journalist and author David Epstein talks about his new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.
Honest, involuntary laughter cued people to laugh more at some really bad jokes than they did when hearing forced laughter.