The U.S.’s 1954 Castle Bravo thermonuclear disaster offers a cautionary tale about what could go wrong
This year’s season has been particularly wild, with several category 4 and 5 storms. We explain the kind of damage to expect at each level
A photo taken on September 17, 2017 shows a roofless building at the Alizea residence in Mont Vernon, on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm. (Photo credit: HELENE VALENZUELA/AFP/Getty Images)
The White House lifted Obama’s ban on gear like tracked vehicles and grenade launchers, imposed after harsh police response to Ferguson protests
The former mayor speaks with Scientific American about the new Cornell Tech campus in New York City: “Culture attracts capital a lot quicker than capital will attract culture.”
Internet hosting company DreamHost is battling the U.S. Justice Department over requests for information about people visiting a Web site for organizing protests. Larry Greenemeier reports.
Drone pilots say they can save lives, but emergency responders want them grounded
The reclusive country’s latest provocation could pose a strategic threat not only to North Korea's neighbors, but also the U.S.
Sanctions won’t end ‘cold war’ with North Korea, but diplomacy is still on the table, one expert says
Former Congressman Rick Boucher talks about how Congress and electric power lines could break the federal government’s net neutrality deadlock
Why you should think twice before you give an app access to your phone’s address book.
A new device promises to tell police when a driver has been sending messages while behind the wheel, but is it legal? Larry Greenemeier reports.
The Robocar, a fully autonomous electric racecar, recently debuted in Times Square, New York City. Watch how the Roborace team behind it imagine a new motorsport and how the Robocar might accelerate the development of the consumer autonomous car.
Roborace is creating a new motorsport to accelerate the arrival of self-driving cars
Robopocalypse creator Daniel Wilson sets aside his dystopian tendencies to help the XPRIZE’s Sci-fi collection and writing contest find a silver lining in our obsession with intelligent assistants
The debate over so-called "net neutrality" has raged for more than a decade between tech entrepreneurs and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who deliver digital content to our computers and mobile devices. Scientific American takes a look at the FCC's proposed plans and clarifies what’s at stake for internet users.
Online video serves the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations as a powerful tool for recruiting new members and inciting violence. A potential fix remains curiously in limbo
IBM AI expert Murray Campbell reflects on the machine’s long, bumpy road to victory over chess champ Garry Kasparov
Verizon’s director of network planning, Sanyogita Shamsunder, talks with Scientific American's Larry Greenemeier about the coming 5G and EM-spectrum-based communications in general.
“The Machine” research prototype is designed to tackle complex problems, but it’s a work in progress