Humans aren't the only animals who engage in elaborate courtship rituals—view the gallery
MP3: Reporter Nikhil Swaminathan holds his own on KSYY 107.1, whose station name happens to be "Sassy."Around here we call that "taking one for the team."
New ideas and fresh takes on old favorites--Click here to launch the gallery
>> Life Beneath Antarctic Ice | Time(from the book Under Antarctic Ice by Norbert Wu and Jim Mastro)
Scientific American launches a new regular video feature
via The Onion, natchThe Onion's decades-long critique of science journalism and the public's understanding of science is nothing short of remarkable.W
Social psychologists from the University of Granada found that bosses who feel insecure or unqualified to hold their position often choose to hire and surround themselves with less competent people.Continue reading "Think your boss is an idiot?" at our new site, 60SecondScience.com >
This past Sunday, SciAm's Steve Mirsky was part of a group led by ethnobotanist Nat Bletter (holding the apple-picking stick) that searched for edible plants in New York City's Central Park.After dining on wild vegetation, Steve and Nat chatted about ethnobotany.You can hear the conversation on the September 19 episode of Science Talk, the weekly podcast of Scientific American.
These maps correspond with a one meter rise in sea level -- the amount of sea level rise scientists predict will occur whether or not we cease emitting carbon today, on account of all the warming the earth has yet to do in order to reach equilibrium with the amount of C02 we've already put into the atmosphere.via
Slide Show: From the LP to the Internet, 17 Inventions Rad Enough to Get Their Creators Inducted into the Valhalla of Innovators
Vaccines, air bags, contact lenses and the technology that made the personal computer revolution possible are just a few of the items whose inventors are being honored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame [click here to view the slideshow]
A SciAm editor explains this core concept of evolution
From wind and wave to sun and trash, a look at how existing power plants are providing electricity generated from renewable sources on a massive scale
Honda was in New York City this week demonstrating its Stride Management Assist and Body Weight Support Assist exoskeleton devices
We already knew that corn ethanol is, at best, only a little better, emissions-wise, than plain old gasoline.Now a study in Science indicates that biofuels are even worse, in terms of the net CO2 they're going to pump into the atmosphere, than the gasoline we're already putting into our cars.
In the October 2007 issue of Scientific American, we cover a controversial lawsuit that challenges the FDA's system of controlling access to drugs that are still in clinical trials.
As Steve Mirsky reports in today's 60 Second Science podcast (which you can listen to here -- it will literally only take a minute), preschoolers -- that's 3 to 5 year olds -- consistently reported that food tasted better when it was presented to them in a McDonald's rather than a plain paper bag.
...as dinner winds down, George Csordas, a distinguished-looking functions theorist from the University of Hawaii, confesses that he never balances his checkbook.
When I was a kid (OK, a geeky, awkward, childlike 16 year old) a friend of mine and I tried to invented our own pictographic language. Now Zlango, an Israeli software company, has completed the opus that I left behind in 4th period English.Here's my first ever sentence in this new language: Zlango's pictographs are paired with their English word equivalents in the above example, but they could be paired with anything -- and when displayed on, say, cellular phones, are stripped of any translation at all.As you can see, Zlango is not yet as rich as, say, Esperanto.
"We are currently investigating methods to use DTNs, energy management, and programming languages to improve the state of the art in tracking small, mobile wildlife." --TurtleNetMark D.
In the September issue of Scientific American, which should be arriving on newsstands and in subscribers in-boxes right about now, there is a totally awesome and, sadly, totally paywalled article entitled Sowing a Gene Revolution: A new green revolution based on genetically modified crops can help reduce poverty and hunger--but only if formidable institutional challenges are met.In the table of contents of that issue, we invited you, the reader, to share your thoughts on transgenic crops here in the comments of this post.For those of you who aren't subscribers, there's a summary of the article after the jump.Here's the "Key Concepts" box from the article: * Genetically modified crops can increase the profits of farmers in developing nations and reduce food prices for poor consumers, but they are not a panacea.* Unlike the green revolution of the 20th century, in which public research institutes developed technologies and freely disseminated them around the world, today's "gene revolution" is led by multinational corporations.* Reaping the full potential of biotechnology in the developing world will depend as much on institutional factors (such as intellectual-property rights and environmental and food safety regulations) as on the development of transgenic crops suited to the local conditions in each country.