Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum
Experiment hints we sense light’s tiniest specks “at the threshold of imagination”
A model of the dolphin vocal apparatus shows that they need a coating of mucus to produce their distinctive sounds.
A fun robotics activity—powered by vibration
Before it died barely a month after launch, the Hitomi spacecraft spied interesting effects of black holes on the Perseus cluster of galaxies
The enhanced ultrafast camera is three billion times faster than the one on an iPhone, the researchers say
After a do-or-die engine burn the second spacecraft ever to orbit Jupiter is preparing to revolutionize our view of the giant planet
Poised to enter Jovian orbit on July 4, the NASA spacecraft is set to probe the gas giant’s deepest mysteries
A buzzworthy science activity
LIGO researcher Nergis Mavalvala talks about measuring spacetime shifts from the gravitational superpowers at the center of galaxies
Scientists tackle the question of how to search for life on Saturn’s sixth-largest moon
Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking horses.
The egg-size platinum alloy standard kilo in Paris could be replaced by a calculation
Reducing fat from chocolate can gum up manufacturing equipment, making low-fat chocolate hard to produce—but an electric field can help. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The technique could allow quantum computers to address otherwise-intractable problems in particle physics
A cutting-edge project from Science Buddies
An electrifying science project
The second confirmation of ripples in spacetime is announced by astronomers at LIGO
Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever and MIT’s Rainer Weiss were the founders of the LIGO experiment that detected gravitational waves. They were just awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics and two of them spoke with Scientific American's Clara Moskowitz about LIGO and the public's reaction.
Soldiers 1,500 years ago used drilled projectiles to intimidate enemies with a shrill, buzzing sound