Scientists enlist physics, math and evolutionary biology to tackle the seemingly impossible challenge of finding patterns in the chaos of modern war
Planes lifting off through a specific kind of cloud cover can inadvertently increase snowfall below
Problems with emergency equipment and disaster procedures are far more pervasive than publicly described
What the future holds for Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant
A gargantuan black hole has been spotted voraciously devouring material just 770 million years after the big bang
At the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, 1996 laureate Harold Kroto told the assembled students that science as a way of evaluating what is true is, for him, its most important quality. Steve Mirsky reports
A new book documents the overlooked contributions of a loose-knit, unconventional bunch of 1970s physicists called the Fundamental Fysiks Group
Three months after its meltdown, the stricken nuclear power plant continues to struggle to cool its nuclear fuel--and cope with growing amounts of radioactive cooling water
The galaxy cluster Abell 2744 contains so many unusual phenomena that astronomers have dubbed it "Pandora's Cluster," after the mythological box said to contain all the world's ills.
The so-called "wave reactor" needs a pilot project to evaluate whether its components could stand radioactive bombardment
The Cassini spacecraft plunged through watery plumes shooting out of Enceladus and got a taste of what is inside the icy moon
Leonard Susskind rebelled as a teen and never stopped. Today he insists that reality may forever be beyond reach of our understanding
Physical Distance May Improve a Negotiating Climate
By one billion years after the big bang, galaxies and their resident black holes were already growing in tandem
Letters to the editor from the March 2011 issue of Scientific American
A black hole 3.8 billion light-years from Earth is shown in this artist's representation tearing apart a star that drifted within its gravitational pull.
Dark matter escapes its dragnet once again—or does it?
Spacecraft finds unexpected calm at the boundary of Sun's bubble.