New computer architecture in 1971; multistage rocket theory in 1921
Researchers decode spiders’ web-building behavior for application in future robots
After patenting the telephone, the famous inventor turned his attention to giant tetrahedral kites capable of lifting people into the air
Controlled avalanches are a major safety effort during a year of outdoor activities
A century-old concept, Flettner rotors, gets a fresh look as shippers cut back fuel
The project aims to use a balloon to release particles into the atmosphere to tamp down warming
Scientific American and the World Economic Forum sifted through more than 75 nominations for the most innovative and potentially game-changing technologies in 2020. The final top 10 span the fields of medicine, engineering, environmental sciences and chemistry. And to win the nod, the technologies must have the potential to spur progress in societies and economies by outperforming established ways of doing things...
Deep-learning robot Shimon writes and rhymes in real time
Materials scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez talks about her latest book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another.
Bacterial breathing helps to build a futuristic “2-D” semiconductor
Don’t crack under pressure! Explore the scientific—and sometimes sleazy—secrets to win a wish at this year’s Thanksgiving wishbone pull.
Einstein wrote for this publication, as did some non-Einsteins
Sensors will monitor solar emissions that threaten GPS and radio signals
Microbes will help decarbonize the construction industry
Enabling air travel to decarbonize
Visible light can drive industrial processes
Algorithms that can recognize people are too often biased or inaccurate—and they can easily invade our privacy