Brown University biologist and author Ken Miller talks about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness and Free Will.
Science is messy, full of plot twists and competing interpretations—and the way we talk about it should reflect that truth
In a study of children interacting with toy animals Native American kids and non-Native kids imagined the animals very differently.
Seven scientists did it well enough to become finalists in an international competition
Deeply weird but beautifully illustrated new children’s book channels Hieronymous Bosch
The latest book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American
What if kids pictured STEM careers like getting to spend every day talking to people who are just as excited about space, dinosaurs or butterflies as they are?
Math can be experienced as play much as music is—just what’s needed to enlarge the tribe of creative problem solvers in mathematics and other human disciplines
The rise of the atheists
Native American kids and non-Native kids conceptualize wild animals differently
With thousands of exhibits and dozens of live shows, it would be a challenge for anyone to walk away uninspired
Several feet below a beach in British Columbia, archaeologists discovered soil trampled by human feet—the oldest footprints found so far in North America. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Let's consider a different view of the Easter bunny
Letters to the editor from the December 2017 issue of Scientific American
Michael Lemonick, opinion editor at Scientific American , talks about his most recent book, The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory and Love , about Lonni Sue Johnson, who suffered a specific kind of brain damage that robbed her of much of her memory and her ability to form new memories, and what she has revealed to neuroscientists about memory and the brain...
Malofiej 2018 and the role of infographics in the evolution of storytelling
Children’s literature has so much to offer when it assumes young readers are up for a challenge
It’s important, it’s fun, and more and more young researchers are diving in
There is a revolution in palaeoart, and a revolution in the science of pterosaurs. Here, we look at an artist and scientist deeply involved in both of these events...
A pop culture icon and ground-breaking physicist, Stephen Hawking is one of the most prominent figures in modern science. Nature Video explores three of the publications that shaped his career and his legacy...