New DNA-based research suggests dogs were domesticated in a single event, in contrast with a previous hypothesis
How much should an artist reveal about letting technology make some choices?
Letters to the editor from the February and March 2017 issues of Scientific American
Whether lightning rods should have rounded or pointy ends became a point of contention between rebellious Americans and King George III.
A film director, a rocket scientist and two physicists discuss how the television series influenced culture and inspired a generation of scientists
A thousand years of Venetian records, maps and images could digitally reconstruct this city's deep history, giving researchers insight into urban life, from disease patterns to trade trends. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on June 14, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.
June book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American
They ruled the icy outpost for hundreds of years before their colonies collapsed. New findings are elucidating their puzzling decline
The Hōkūleʻa vessel is set to finish its first circumnavigation later this week in Honolulu
Researchers think television may promote “authoritarian values” that paved the way for Donald Trump
The Great Stalacpipe Organ operates by rhythmically striking 37 different stalactites scattered across the 3.5-acre cave
With 700 new greenhouses, Alaska is growing its own produce as deep into winter as the sun keeps rising.
Letters to the editor from the February 2017 issue of Scientific American
New French president, Emmanual Macron, reacted to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement by inviting disaffected U.S. researchers to make France "a second homeland."
A printmaker takes on the greatest scientific questions of the 21st century
Journalist Bonnie Rochman talks about her new Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux book, The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have.
Thousands of people each year visit wild spaces across Africa with guns in hand. They’re playing a dangerous game
Tom Frieden, head of the CDC from 2009 to 2017, told graduating medical students that we face challenges from pathogens, and from politicians.
Five experts share recent studies, classical research and professional experiences that shed light on defusing the threat of extremism