A way to design new molecules and materials that the periodic table does not allow
David Biello's new book is The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age.
The field, now called low-energy nuclear reactions, may have legit results—or be stubborn junk science
U.S. trade agency requires products say there is no scientific evidence for effectiveness
Fresh water shortages are likely to plague two-thirds of the world's population in the next decade and processes like desalination are still very costly. Luckily, a new material called graphene may be able to help
A modified bacterial enzyme is taught to make bonds that evolution avoids
Don’t settle for limp, soggy turkey skin—use science when you roast your bird to get that perfect, crackling bite.
A berry exciting science project
Tiny molecular machines will chase around a gold track in a 38-hour sprint
Beetles, eaten in several parts of the world, amply supply this essential nutrient to a meat-poor diet
One substance in ocean debris smells like food, and the mistake leads to poisoning and malnutrition
A catalyzing science project
Blocking an immune system protein, interleukin-33, squelches itch signaling in mice
Plants soak up explosive chemical traces from soil, then special sensors in leaves light up
The University of Michigan's Paul Mohai, a leading researcher of issues related to environmental justice, talked about the Flint water crisis at a workshop sponsored by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, attended by Scientific American contributing editor Robin Lloyd.
The parachute flower smells like alarm pheromones of a honeybee, to attract tiny flies that feed on bees under attack.
An oxidizing science project
A technique called “biosparging” relies on pumping oxygen underground to help naturally occurring microorganisms multiply and consume oil spills.