The image you see here is a computer-generated model of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, which we call Sagittarius A*. More precisely, it is a model of the "shadow" that Sagittarius A*, with its mass of four million suns, should cast...
We’ve come a long way since Oregon Trail
Scientific American technology editor Seth Fletcher talks about the recent Consumer Electronics Show and astronomy editor Clara Moskowitz discusses last month's American Astronomical Society conference
A couple days ago I found myself sitting in a digital cave with an enormous fire-eating hell-demon. Naturally, I was at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
Geneticist and transparency advocate Richard Jefferson explains how technology could transform the process of problem solving
How scientists are using computing power to design new materials from scratch
The virtual reality pioneer talks Facebook, the NSA, the limits of big data and the future of our digital selves
The 1973 oil embargo triggered a mad rush of electric-vehicle research. Forty years later, we’re seeing the results
M.I.T. computer scientist Alex Pentland explains
It seems like biometric-enabled gadgets should be a hard sell in the post-Snowden marketplace. When Apple announced the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, Twitter lit up with a blaze of NSA jokes...
Ten questions for hedge-fund-analyst-turned-education-reformer Salman Khan
Schools and universities are embracing technology that tailors content to students' abilities and takes teachers out of the lecturing business. But is it an improvement?
It's entirely possible that the future of wearable computing looks more like Saran Wrap than Google Glass. Already, scientists have developed circuits you can wear like temporary tattoo and thin, flexible silicon-based devices that dissolve in water...
On April 24, executives from the grievously wounded plug-in-hybrid firm Fisker Automotive will face a House of Representatives oversight committee. The question of the day: Why did the Department of Energy loan nearly $200 million to a company that is now facing bankruptcy?...
M.I.T. researchers develop an organic solar cell that breaks 100 percent quantum efficiency
Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Erik Brynjolfsson explains how technology has affected economic growth and productivity--and how human workers can adapt