A new show looks back over a half century of this surprisingly robust genre
We still know very little, but a new project called the Plant Humanities Initiative aims to change that
And if it can, what are the implications for the future of creativity?
Anthropologist Jennifer Raff argues that race is culturally created, but has biological consequences.
Political attitudes reflect cognitive styles that are rooted in differing cultures
Why the singular of “data” is not “anecdote”
A tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., focuses on the geology of the landscape and the mausoleums.
Book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American
Fans of this violent music report feelings of transcendence and positive emotions; psychologists want to learn why
It's Halloween season, and I've been saving up all sorts of treats for you!
Truth can be ugly, and beauty can lead us astray
Where does the illustrator end and the infographer begin? How does data visualization fit in? And what does science have to say about the design decisions we make?
James Gunn, the last surviving author of the genre’s Golden Age, believes it can help, anyway
A few very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe, including one from Mongolia on horse dentistry.
The Breakthrough awards, each worth U.S. $3 million, honor advances in the life sciences, physics and mathematics
Increasing droughts and heat waves could have a devastating effect on barley stocks—and beer prices
Linguist Sheri Wells-Jensen explains the pitfalls in our assumptions about extraterrestrials
Letters to the editor from the June 2018 issue of Scientific American
James P. Allison and and Tasuku Honjo shared the Nobel Prize for their discovery of inhibition of negative immune regulation, the basis of new drugs against cancer.
Astrophysicist and sports data scientist Meredith Wills talks about why a subtle change in Major League baseballs may be behind the jump in home runs after 2014.