Thousands congregated in the nation's capital and other cities in the U.S. and around the world to support scientific research and protest Trump administration–proposed budget cuts. Scientific American spoke with researchers, students and fact-loving activists at the New York City and D.C. marches.
These plastic objects are designed to shape-shift when they warm up.
This badger built itself a “refrigerator” in the desert to stash its food windfall.
Flitting among the flowers can be messy, sticky work.
Pierogi moons, rubber duckie comets and spewing ice balls: We have some very strange neighbors among the myriad planets, moons and objects that circle our sun.
Researchers use eye-tracking software to peek inside a child's mind when words fail, reading eye patterns to understand language production and combat conditions such as specific language impairment.
Kea parrots have a special call that makes nearby parrots burst into play.
For thousands of years people have struggled to pin down pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.
Adapted lenses allow the tiny robber fly to see like a much larger predator, helping it carry out sophisticated aerial attacks.
Many social animals start to feel itchy after watching one of their fellows scratch, and scientists now have a better understanding of why an itch can spread through a group.
Could the drummer robot lead its cyber brethren to march in sync—or maybe someday even start a band?
It's embedded with tiny, spiky structures that let the animal both comb its fur and lap up water
A baker’s half-dozen of Earth-size worlds is orbiting a (relatively) nearby star—and some could be habitable
New studies suggest lonely planets flying through intergalactic space were formed by star-destroying supermassive black holes.
Human suitors may woo with red wine and roses, but these jumping spiders come courting with fancy dress and choreography. Now scientists know more about how spiders perceive their admirers' flamboyant displays.
The Big Bang Theory writer and executive producer has a hypothesis why physics makes the funniest TV.
Nobel laureate Robert Wilson discusses how a network of telescopes might illumine a black hole, after the 92nd Street Y’s Bang! Bang! event.
Ig Nobel Prize creator Marc Abrahams shows off this unusual disaster-preparedness device before a night discussing humor and science at the 92nd Street Y.
Scientists discovered a frog’s ability to nab an insect in a fraction of a second depends on the fluid mechanics of its spit.
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