As political polarization grows, the arguments we have with one another may be shifting our understanding of truth itself
A shift to renewable energy powered by a carbon tax would create millions of new jobs, but the amount of money it would return to U.S. residents in rebates could vary considerably
A slide show of eruptions and their impacts around the world
For decades, the agency has used numbers that often underestimate industry emissions of dangerous substances—and isn’t going to change soon
Physicist Christiane Heinicke spent 365 days sequestered with five others in a geodesic dome on the side of a Hawaiian volcano to test what isolation might do to the psyches of the crew on a Mars mission...
Watch as Scientific American readers and reporters all over the country show off their eclipse-viewing adventures
By pushing forensics to its limits, a courageous scientist is attempting to identify the badly decomposed remains of 700 people who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea
The tale of a giant Amazon fish reveals the promise and peril of “invasivorism”
We are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society is organized. We must make the right decisions now
Although voice recognition is often presented as evidence in legal cases, its scientific basis can be shaky
The Puzzle of Pancreatic Cancer: How Steve Jobs Did Not Beat the Oddsbut Nobel Winner Ralph Steinman Did
Despite having the same name, the diseases that killed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and 2011 Nobel laureate Ralph Steinman are different kinds of cancer. Researchers are looking for new ways to diagnose and treat both...
The gene-editing technology known as CRISPR has spawned an increasingly unseemly brawl over who will reap the rewards
An atmospheric mechanism is lofting Indian and Chinese pollution into the stratosphere
Hundreds of researchers in a collaborative project called “It from Qubit” say space and time may spring up from the quantum entanglement of tiny bits of information
Species may have evolved their wide array of sounds to fill unused parts of the frequency spectrum. This could also reveal the degree of biodiversity in an ecosystem