3-D digital preservation not only helps save the memories of historical sites, it also guides restoration projects after natural disasters, such as the earthquakes that damaged the temples of Bagan. Editor's Note: Viewers sensitive to flashing light may want to avoid this video.
Many houseplants can scrub irritants like acetone from the air, but which ones do it best?
Whistles let shepherds communicate between distant hillsides because a whistled sound wave travels farther than spoken words.
Jonathan Edwards plays a song from his latest album, Tomorrow’s Child, exploring the psychology of parental separation.
The central bearded dragon can rapidly shift its body color to soak up extra sun or cool off, while using its neck color to communicate with other lizards.
Eavesdropping on the creaks and groans of an athlete’s knee could help doctors track healing after injury or surgery.
Ian Agol is a University of California mathematician who was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize for his work on 3-D topology. He shares a special joke about how topologists view breakfast. Editor's Note (6/3/16): In honor of National Doughnut Day, Scientific American has updated and republished the following video, originally published in November 2015.
Loudness and stamina are ways a woodpecker trumpets his dominant place in the pecking order.
Canid species all over the world vocalize the same 21 ideas but have different regional ways of expressing them.
Human-caused ocean noises cause clams to clam up and lobsters to scurry for cover, which could wreak havoc with nutrient cycling.
Scientists found that counting bat sounds could be an accurate way to count them.
Certain species of lizards know what color they are and act accordingly.
If seeing the one you love makes your heart skip a beat, should you see a cardiologist?
NASA has reached a major landmark in the construction of the powerful 6.5-meter James Webb Space Telescope
Solar storms that may cause blackouts arrive with only about a 60-minute warning, but a new tracking model could add hours to the amount of time available to prepare.
Scientific American was founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845 as a weekly American newspaper. It is now a global brand, with 18 foreign language editions. Colleagues from around the globe joined in to say congratulations.
Padding in sports helmets and other places prevent injuries, including concussions. The lattice may be one new safety-enhancing shape to come for sports, transportation, and the military.
Famed animator Drew Berry combines data from electron microscopes and other instruments to show us what we cannot see with any other single technique
Manh(a)ttan re-creates the race to Trinity. Working near the original test site revealed personal stories from the dawn of the nuclear age to the show’s cast and crew. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy
Neurons in the brain fire in sync to music. Musical training may enhance this ability, and perhaps some other skills.