With its LightSail project, the Planetary Society aims to take the next step in its decades-long quest to transform spaceflight
It’s a mystery why Gordon Moore’s “law,” which forecasts processor power will double every two years, still holds true a half century later
Three strains of the virus are decimating poultry farms across the country, but how they’re being transmitted remains unclear
Robots responding to Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster initially played a marginal role due to limited capabilities. DARPA wants future robots to take the lead
A Scientific American investigation explores the growing threat from multidrug-resistant shigella in the U.S.
A new book details the success of trolls in turning the media against itself
Besides the questionable labor practices that surround the shops, glues, lacquers and dust in the workplace create their own risks for nail technicians
The solutions are simple but not easy to adopt, as the Nepal example shows
Bright spots in the latest pictures from NASA’s mission to the dwarf planet may be water ice, researchers say
Simulations and laboratory tests are compiling signs of familiar and unearthly life that could be visible in future telescopes
In his final essay the late physicist Victor Stenger argues for the validity of philosophy in the context of modern theoretical physics
A new book shows how humans' rebellion against status hierarchies (a trait shared with other species) led to an embrace of Elvis, Harley–Davidsons and hippie VW buses
One school is trying out a lightweight sack meant to keep devices from being a classroom distraction without forcing students to give up their digital lifelines
Physicist Amanda Peet will discuss how cosmic strings might explain nature’s densest objects
Stuxnet was just the beginning, as malware becomes the new nuclear option
A lifelike, if stilted, robot makes her debut at a Japanese department store, while a smaller bot is ready to answer questions at a local bank
Controversy swirls around a bold proposal for a bigger, better—and expensive—replacement for NASA’s premier space telescope
There is a superhighway between the brain and GI system that holds great sway over humans
A report predicts fighter jocks may not need speedy, agile jet fighters because they could rely on long-range sensors, smart missiles and swarms of smart robotic machines to attack from afar...
Two prominent scientists update our view of the history of life on Earth, featuring the prominent roles of oxygen and carbon dioxide, and question claims that it is fairly easy to initiate life—even on a planet such as ours...