Pharmaceutical industry anxiously struggles to retool as Lipitor patent expires.
Heavy rains and floods in Australia may have helped the deadly disease cross from bats to humans. And that has doctors concerned about climate change
As climate negotiations get under way in South Africa, African heads of state put the onus on major emitters
The U.K., France and Norway are considering legislation to require digitally altered images to be labeled as such
Elderly married people still having sex were happier in life and marriage than their celibate compatriots. Cynthia Graber reports
This Way to Mars: How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space
By adapting ideas from robotic planetary exploration, the human space program could get astronauts to asteroids and Mars cheaply and quickly
A conversation with David Weinberger about facts, fiction and forecasts
Countries have been at loggerheads for years and hopes are slim of any major progress, despite increasingly dire warnings from climate scientists
Women who drink water contaminated with low levels of the weed killer atrazine may be more likely to have irregular menstruation and low estrogen levels, according to a new study
Half a century after Northwest Airlines Flight 4422 slammed into the side of 4,950-meter Mount Sanford in eastern Alaska's Wrangell Mountains, killing all 30 men on board, commercial pilots Kevin McGregor and Marc Millican found the wreckage embedded in a glacier...
Certain character traits influence people's willingness to apologize
Alberta's carbon offsets are supposed to be real, measurable and provable, but they may not be, a report says
The world wastes more food than all of sub-Saharan Africa produces. Can that be stopped? David Biello reports
Scientists find rice microRNA inside human cells
Letters to the Editor about the July/August 2011 issue of Scientific American Mind
New fingerprint- and DNA-identification techniques solve a mystery from a 60-year-old plane crash
Each year we poll scientists and educators on ideas for books, puzzles and toys that foster inquiry. This season's picks range from a top that never stops spinning to a build-it-yourself skull...
Electrical stimulation of the brain is found to accelerate learning in military and civilian subjects, although researchers are wary of drawing larger conclusions about the mechanism
Why? Because a scientifically testable claim can be shown to be either most probably true or false, whether the claim is made by a king or a president, a pope, a congressperson, or a common citizen [Book Excerpt]...
As the country struggles to refashion its government, archaeologists are looking warily towards the future.