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The Mother-Baby Bond

After spending nine months intricately joined together, mother and infant share more than just common features. Now, in a special partnership with theVisualMD.com, we present a look at this remarkable bond, complete with scientifically accurate and stunning images...

April 30, 2010

Hubble at 20: An Astronomical Success

After myriad delays and budget overruns, the Hubble Space Telescope finally roared toward orbit on space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Despite a rocky start, Hubble has in its two decades of operation revolutionized astrophysics and cosmology...

April 23, 2010

Science at the Winter Olympics

There's more to figure skating than spandex and sequins, specifically physics. Learn more about the science behind curling, speed skating and other Olympic events

February 24, 2010

The Internet at 40

Although the Internet did not get its name until the mid-1980s, December 5, 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the day when the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) connected four computer nodes to create a "network of networks"--a fateful link-up that would evolve into the Internet...

December 4, 2009

The Future of Trains

As the United States gears up for Thanksgiving and its busiest travel week of the year, might high-speed trains get people where they're going faster in the near future?

November 23, 2009

Adapting to the Freshwater Crisis

Forward-thinking experts are getting a better handle on the growing global water shortage and coming up with innovative approaches to ensuring the security, safety and sustainability of this resource...

November 11, 2009

The 2009 Nobel Prizes

Explore the advances that earned this year's crop of Nobelists one of the world's most famous prizes--and in some cases, read about the prizewinning discoveries as chronicled by the researchers themselves in Scientific American ...

October 13, 2009

Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Five decades after the U.S.S.R.'s Luna 2 moon probe became the first spacecraft to land on another celestial body, we look at the past accomplishments and tantalizing future of unmanned space exploration...

September 1, 2009

The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Four decades after mankind's giant leap, a look at the harrowing first lunar landing, the Apollo missions that never flew, and how the historic event looked from the Soviet Union

July 17, 2009

The Science of Beauty

Just in time for Mother's Day: From Mother Nature's timeless skin remedies to the latest findings in anti-aging research, science helps to explain how treatments work and whether they're safe...

May 8, 2009

A Guide to Swine Flu

As swine influenza reaches the U.S., a guide to what you need to know and what happens next. Plus, a look at pandemics past

April 27, 2009

A Guide to Malaria

Take stock on April 25, World Malaria Day: The international community has just two years to meet the United Nations's 2010 goal of providing protection and treatment to every person threatened by malaria...

April 24, 2009

The Science of Our Food

From the genetics of tomatoes to building meat and stomachs in the lab, a look at the stuff we stuff ourselves with. How is science trying to improve our food, and how it tastes?

April 7, 2009
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis