Do Phelps's body shape and flexibility give the eight-gold-medal winner a physical edge in swimming?
Revenge is sweet when the target is perceived to be part of a group with the original perpetrator
Ballistic capture, a low-energy method that has coasted spacecraft into lunar orbit, could help humanity visit the Red Planet much more often
Converting the energetic hail of cosmic radiation into audible tracks has produced better understanding of the solar wind and other astrophysical events—along with musical enjoyment...
Our avian friends are capable of far more than singing or dressing a table
This guide, in observance of Earth Day 2012, helps consumers move well beyond the throw-it-out mentality
Humans might use a nuanced concoction of chemicals even more complex than formal pheromones to attract potential mates
Subdued seasonality might be linked to the emergence of complex life on Earth around 600 million years ago
The movie Apollo 18 claims to reveal decades-old footage of astronauts on a secret mission two years after Apollo 17 --the last real expedition to the moon. In actuality, NASA did prepare for Apollos 18, 19 and 20...
Fossilized corals, lasers beamed at a receding moon, Chinese artifacts, and other evidence have revealed that over the ages the length of time it takes Earth to spin once on its axis has increased significantly...
Body art may be evidence of high-quality genes in men
The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat
With another holiday shopping season upon us, here is a look back at some of the consumer items of the early 20th century that had some gift givers and receivers radiating more than just smiles...
A wide range of organisms generate their own light to seek mates, sustenance and survival--inspiring researchers and moviemakers alike
Two pilot projects are testing the potential of "salt power," a renewable energy that relies on the differing salinities at river mouths to make watts
A start-up proposes forests of fake trees with "leaves" that soak up sunshine and flutter in the breeze to generate clean solar and wind power. Could it just be crazy enough to work?
How satellite imagery combines with ground-based detectors to graphically render air quality--and how the U.S. government and the university-based Smog Blog get the news out
As the new movie warps into theaters this week, we ask physicist Lawrence Krauss, author of The Physics of Star Trek, how the sci-fi franchise keeps it real, and also how it bends--or breaks--a few laws of nature...
The 2004 Scientific American 50 researcher of the year continues to tweak matter at the edge of known physics to reveal strange and potentially useful properties