The Quantum Shorts film festival wants to know, and the deadline for submissions is coming up on December 1
They want you to be excited, too, so they produce their own music videos—the latest inspired by Flo Rida’s "My House"
Three 14-year-olds from Columbus, Ohio won this year's Scientific American Innovators award at the 2016 Google Science Fair in California on September 27, 2016
What Jupiter’s spot is not, is tranquil. New infrared images taken by Boston University scientists on a NASA telescope in Hawaii show that whereas Jupiter’s north and south poles are heated by strong magnetic fields, its large, stormy red spot generates its own heat by a different mechanism. Shock waves from turbulent winds in the spot and other storms help explain how the planet's upper atmosphere stays warm so far from the sun. Produced with support from Explore Scientific
For the first time since 1939, the New York Botanical Garden has coaxed a corpse flower to open its massive bloom and flood the greenhouse with the stench of sewers and rotting meat.
Juno team member William Kurth offers an exclusive tour of the instruments the spacecraft will use to study Jupiter's intense magnetic waves. Produced with support from Explore Scientific
In this exclusive interview the project manager of one of Juno's instruments explains how the spacecraft will slow down prior to its insertion into Jupiter's orbit.
If you're a moth, better check twice to be sure that's really the sky you're looking at
Juno, NASA’s new mission to Jupiter, reaches the giant planet on July 4, 2016. Among its many firsts, Juno will peer deeper than ever before beneath the Jovian clouds and will deliver the first interplanetary LEGO kit. Produced with support from Explore Scientific
A new atlas of light pollution shows that most people never see a truly dark sky at night. You can read more about it here.
You'll never think about those warm summer evenings the same way again
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.
In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?
An old fishing boat, only 20 meters long but packed with as many as 950 would-be migrants from Libya, sank off the coast of Italy on April 18, 2015. A year later the Italian government is trying to recover and identify the bodies now trapped under 400 meters of water.
NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft orbited Mercury for four years before its planned plunge and crash into the planet’s surface on April 30, 2015. On May 6, 2016, NASA, the USGS and their university partners showed what they had accomplished during the mission. They presented the first topographic map ever produced of Mercury, along with a color-enhanced view of its northern polar region. On May 9, 2016, Mercury's transit across the solar disk was visible from Earth—an astronomically rare event.
The Golden State's native winter ants have stopped the seemingly inexorable march of their tiny foreign rivals
Jonathan Edwards remakes his folk rock classic, "Sunshine," to call for action on climate change. He plays this new version with Scientific American publisher Jeremy Abbate.
Not a high bar, admittedly, but they're still pretty amazing creatures...or...whatever
The bombardier beetle's built-in chemistry lab makes for a formidable weapon
For a mission that had a near-death experience in 2013, the Kepler spacecraft continues to do some pretty amazing science