NASA's planet-hunting observatory claims its smallest two finds yet, but neither looks hospitable to life
Programme will examine effect of Arctic warming on frozen soils.
A materials scientist discusses Colletes bees, which line their homes with plastic
When sucking down hot blood, a mosquito exudes a small bead of the meal for evaporative cooling. Karen Hopkin reports
What's with the excitement over these single-atom carbon sheets? Find out in this short primer
A fun physics challenge from Science Buddies
When rocky planets form that have more carbon than does Earth, vast quantities of diamond may be a natural result. Karen Hopkin reports
The supermassive black hole at our galaxy's center may be about to shred and consume a cloud of gas and dust the size of a planet
Soon after the ill-fated Phobos-Grunt spacecraft stalled in Earth orbit, a former Russian official implicated "powerful American radars" in Alaska. Is there a basis to the claim, or is it just scapegoating?...
The long-sought Higgs boson is tied to the leading theory of how quarks, electrons and other particles get their mass
This video is a replay of a live-stream event that took place on December 13 at the Perimeter Institute
If you're 14 to 18 years old, you still have until December 14th to prepare a two-minute video of a suggestion for an experiment to be performed at the International Space Station and upload it to youtube.com/spacelab...
Thomas LeCompte of Argonne National Lab was the physics coordinator for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He talks about the instrument and its future, as we await the December 13th announcement as to whether the LHC has found the Higgs particle...
An article in Physics World discusses how scientific instruments are being used to make state-of-the-art alcoholic beverages. Cynthia Graber reports
Scientists develop way to forecast worst-case tremor scenario.
Could the cosmos have a point?
Rumors are flying about a December 13 update on the search for the long-sought Higgs boson at Europe's Large Hadron Collider
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
A liquid crystal starting phase is key to drawing macro-scale threads from these nano-scale flakes.
Slow-motion video and high-resolution imaging show that horseshoe bats can deform the shape of their outer ears for superior echolocation. Cynthia Graber reports