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2008 Gadget Guide

ScientificAmerican.com presents some of this year's most exciting high-tech toys as well as gadgets to make the planet greener and inventions designed to deliver the most basic needs to developing countries...

November 18, 2008

The Future of the Poles

Both the North and South poles are undergoing unprecedented changes as a result of man-made climate change. What does this mean for the region's wildlife and natural resources as countries make claims for territory?...

November 10, 2008

A Guide to Volcanoes

From Pompeii to Mount Pinatubo, volcanoes might have shaped Earth's surface, but also killed thousands. What makes magma burst from the ground as lava? Can scientists predict dangerous eruptions?...

November 6, 2008

Science and the U.S. Election

Where candidates Barack Obama and John McCain stand on science; key races involving science, energy and the environment; and what neuroscience says about how you'll vote

October 13, 2008

Celebrating The Nobel Prizes

More than 130 Nobelists have written more than 200 articles for Scientific American. Here's a sampling, along with a look at the prizes themselves

October 6, 2008

A Guide to Hurricanes

Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike: What's next for the U.S.? What causes nature's destructive storms? How do scientists study and predict them? How are they linked to global warming?

September 5, 2008

The Science of Football

As the new NFL season kicks off, science greatly impacts life on the gridiron--from rehabilitating roughed-up players to making the right play calls

September 2, 2008

The Science of Star Wars

Droids, lightsabers and the Force return to theaters August 15th in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Get the lowdown on the science behind it all.

August 15, 2008
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