Digital photos and videos are great, but don't expect your grandkids to see them
Quantum information science is a bit like classroom management—the larger the group, the harder it is to keep everything together.
But to build a practical quantum computer physicists will need many particles working in synchrony as quantum bits, or quibits...
A device that sends electric current through the brain improves numerical skills
An advanced brain-machine interface enables patients to control individual nerve cells deep inside their own brains
If printers have the power to manufacture organs, why not brains? Or people? In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don't think could be investigated...
Seeing a digital doppelgänger can change your mind--for better or worse
The Yahoo! Labs scientist and author explains why the "law of the few" is bunk, why history is full of failed hedgehogs, and why we can't make good predictions about just those things we most want to predict...
There may be no scientist more obscure relative to his immense accomplishments than Claude Elwood Shannon, who died just over a decade ago, on February 24, 2001, at the age of 84.
Scientific American was back at the FIRST New York City regional robotics competition this year. We've covered the event more generally in the past but this year decided to focus on one team in particular—not an easy decision to make when you consider there were dozens of talented, hard-working squads competing for a chance to go to the championship round next month in St...
Generally, bots have proved effective operating in high-radiation environments, but Japan's nuclear crisis poses new challenges
When devastation extends as far as the human eye can see, digital eyes in the sky can provide essential information for emergency response efforts.
Earthquake detection systems can sound the alarm in the moments before a big tremor strikes—time enough to save lives
Letters to the editor about the November/December 2010 issue of Scientific American MIND Readers Respond to "Mind Over Magic?"—and More...
A camera with a unique, spherical lens may bring single-shot gigapixel cameras closer to reality
Scientists are developing iPhone apps that aid in research and that appeal to "citizen scientists" as well
Last week, I spent a pleasant hour over lunch talking to my 60-year-old aunt and her 80-something husband about "this Twitter thing" and how one defines a blog.
Teaching a machine to speak has been a dream for decades. First, we have to figure out how we know what we know about language
2011 Lemelson-M.I.T. Student Inventor Prizes Offer a Glimpse of the Future in Medical and Security Screening Tech [Slide Show]
Automatic gear shifting for safer and more efficient wheelchairs; a technique for harnessing terahertz spectroscopy; "humanized" lab mice; and cheaper, more accurate malaria testing--meet this year's crop of Lemelson-M.I.T...