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.
Orra White Hitchcock’s elegant 19th-century geologic drawings shine at the American Folk Art Museum
On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's an eye-patch-witness account of how science helps in all peg-leg walks of life, even piracy
A few very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe.
To combat the ill effects of “fast fashion,” designers look for more sustainable methods
Brazil’s tragic fire sends a wake-up call to neglected national museums worldwide
Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American , devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses human chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us...
Design and architecture critic Alexandra Lange examines the material world we’ve created for children
A very entertaining read on how we figured out how volcanoes actually work
An effort to develop new products to conserve a collection of lithographs has revealed two new species of fungi
Essential Seaweed, the History of Cardiology, Neil deGrasse Tyson on Astrophysics and War and Other New Science Books
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Letters to the editor from the May 2018 issue of Scientific American