Chemist Joanna Aizenberg mines the deep sea and the forest wetlands for nature's design secrets and uses them to fashion new materials that may change the world
A nanostructure inspired by the natural world repels water droplets and could prevent icing on airplane wings and other structures
Despite studying science, technology, engineering or math, many students avoid STEM careers. Higher salaries, improved status and apprenticeships would change that. A special online-only addition to February 2012's Graphic Science...
Books and recommendations from Scientific American
A chemical analysis found evidence of nicotine in a Mayan flask dating back to A.D. 700. Sophie Bushwick reports
Anastas is leaving the EPA to return to academia but still maintains that green chemistry "can meet environmental and economic goals simultaneously"
By altering how plants turn sunlight into chemical energy, scientists hope to produce biofuels that make economic sense
Penn State climate modeler Michael Mann talks about what computer models can tell us--and what they don't need to. David Biello reports
Evidence suggests citrus sodas can eat away teeth and bones in months, an issue arising after a claim of a dead mouse in a soda
A creative chemical challenge from Science Buddies
True sufferers are often troubled—and yet time and treatment can often improve their lives
A theoretical physicist searched for years to find the only known natural occurrence of an exotic type of structure, the discovery of which netted the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
When Ralph M. Steinman developed pancreatic cancer, he put his own theories about cancer and the immune system to the test. They kept him alive longer than expected—but three days short of learning he had won the Nobel Prize...
What's with the excitement over these single-atom carbon sheets? Find out in this short primer
Efforts to remove CO2 directly from the air are likely to prove too expensive to be practical
An article in Physics World discusses how scientific instruments are being used to make state-of-the-art alcoholic beverages. Cynthia Graber reports
Ocean and climate scientist Eelco Rohling talks with Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti about updated calculations of sea-level rise as a function of climate change
Despite decades of warnings, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, warming the world. Can such pollution peak this decade? David Biello asks
A sophisticated air purification system protects The Last Supper from Milan's dirty air. Cynthia Graber reports
As the world negotiates in Durban, climate change continues unabated--and greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise