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Cosmic Inflation and Big Bang Ripples

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

March 17, 2014

Lightbulb Frenzy in the 21st Century

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...

January 2, 2014

World Changing Ideas 2013

Ten ways science may jazz up our gadgets, help to solve our most intractable problems and save lives

November 20, 2013

The Higgs Boson at Last?

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...

October 8, 2013

The Growing Threat of Space Junk

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...

October 2, 2013

Learning in the Digital Age

Technology is remaking every aspect of education, bringing top-notch courses to the world's poorest citizens and reshaping the way all students learn

July 18, 2013

Hot Dog! The Science of July 4th Food

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?

July 3, 2013

Future of Manufacturing

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

April 22, 2013

State of the World's Science 2012

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...

December 7, 2012

Zombie Science

How parasites turn animals into "zombies"--and why we are so fascinated with these creatures

October 29, 2012
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