Skull deformation of children was a common practice in Central America, but scientists are still struggling to solve the mystery of why these otherwise healthy youth died prematurely
Besides its potential to cause endocrine system and reproductive problems, perchlorate is considered a “likely human carcinogen” by the EPA
Preliminary research hints that ocean acidification may promote some types of algal blooms that make people and animals sick
The high-tech mecca will have to focus its short attention span on long-term planning for sea-level rise and other global warming impacts
The practice is considered a huge success, saving natural resources and keeping about a third of the solid waste out of quickly filling landfills
Previous expansion projects force the natural history center to address shortfalls with $3 million in cuts to its annual budget for science operations. Zoology, botany, geology and anthropology departments will be dissolved...
A devastating storm, a new phase of Mars exploration, a recipe for a pandemic flu--these and other events highlight the year in science and technology
Papers from Benoit Mandelbrot's office offer a peek into the mathematician's thinking process. His work and that of his contemporaries show how images can inform theory and discovery.
The so-called Mayan apocalypse is just the latest in a long line of doomsday predictions
Besides choosing the cleanest detergents, switching out energy-hungry washers and driers saves energy, which also makes financial sense
New data show an increasing contribution of mental and behavioral disorders to deterioration in the health-related quality of life among teens in the U.S. and Canada over the past two decades, and increases elsewhere around the globe...
Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina introduces the January 2013 issue of Scientific American
Although large-scale food production carries some risks that can be minimized via hygiene and heat treatment, manufacturers have to take additional steps to assure consumer safety
70 puppies were released after activists alerted the Indian government that the animals had been falsely described as "pets" by a contract organization seeking to import them
The International Energy Agency predicts that coal burning will continue to climb and may even surpass oil within a decade
Will the bill giving everyday Americans the opportunity to invest in clean energy pass in Congress?
What brain scans of rap artists reveal about creativity—and what they do not
Huge flows of vapor in the atmosphere, dubbed "atmospheric rivers," have unleashed massive floods every 200 years, and climate change could bring more of them
A new study shows no decline in childhood pneumonia from at least some cleaner-burning cookstoves
New toilets allow villagers to collect urine to use as fertilizer