How medicine, sports and society are trying to heal and protect the brains of millions amidst the growing awareness of the long-lasting effects of traumatic head injury
The growth of solar and wind power has brought these renewable resources into conflict with fossil fuels
The imprint of gravitational waves created shortly after the big bang may offer direct evidence for inflation theory, according to a discovery by the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole
Today is the official birthday, but the Web was not actually born on this date
How ski jumpers manage fear, why bronze medalists are happier than silver winners, and of course—the physics of curling!
Thomas Edison's incandescent lightbulb for commercial use received major upgrades in the past few years, enabling new regulations for energy efficiency and forcing consumers to grapple with new options...
Ten ways science may jazz up our gadgets, help to solve our most intractable problems and save lives
Evidence for a new particle that was detected at the Large Hadron Collider was confirmed in 2012 to be the fabled Higgs. The particle's namesake and another theorist have now received the 2013 Nobel in physics...
Accumulating orbital debris--often small shards of defunct satellites and past space missions, already concerns the U.S. government. Now,with movies like Gravity , public awareness is growing too...
The growing connectedness of the world and the rising contribution of scientists and engineers from all continents have broadened the possibilities for human creativity
It started as fuel, became a passion, ignited a global crisis—and made us human
On August 14, 2003, nearly 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada lost electricity. Ten years later, are we any better prepared?
Technology is remaking every aspect of education, bringing top-notch courses to the world's poorest citizens and reshaping the way all students learn
There's nothing more American than frankfurters and burgers on the barbecue grill to celebrate Independence Day. But what exactly are you eating, and what are some alternatives?
Thirty-five Nobel laureates and 625 young researchers from 78 countries will meet at Germany's Lindau Island on Lake Constance from June 30-July 5 to share the latest ideas on the cutting edge of chemistry...
What measures can be taken to better protect against dangerous weather?
Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached this level for the first time in millions of years. What does this portend?
Austerity measures resulting from partisan politics could have lasting and damaging effects on research and innovation, even if funding is later restored
When we are unable to find what we need in nature, we make it. This in-depth report examines new technologies, materials and methods shaping the future of fabrication
The deadly April 15 explosions unnerved a city and a sport. How can science and technology stop terrorist attacks and save lives? New stories will be added daily
The so-called Mayan apocalypse is just the latest in a long line of doomsday predictions
The pursuit of knowledge is now a global enterprise. Scientific American and Nature have teamed up on this special report on how this trend is changing the way science is done, and how it informs the world...
In December 1972, astronauts left the lunar surface for the last time
Meteorologists and scientists have long warned that an extreme storm could leave the Northeast reeling. Sandy's October 29 impact unfortunately proved them right
How parasites turn animals into "zombies"--and why we are so fascinated with these creatures