Engineering students in the mechatronics class at The Cooper Union in Manhattan have a unique final exam—they build sumo robots that fight one another for supremacy.
The central bearded dragon can rapidly shift its body color to soak up extra sun or cool off, while using its neck color to communicate with other lizards.
Globe skimmer dragonflies migrate more than 15,000 kilometers, breeding with the locals as they travel and creating an interrelated global population. A dragonfly from Japan may have more in common with Guyanese dragonflies, genetically speaking, than its own Japanese cousins.
The same technological advances that shrank telephones miniaturized heart monitors, with far-reaching implications for heart health.
Human-caused ocean noises cause clams to clam up and lobsters to scurry for cover, which could wreak havoc with nutrient cycling.
After Alaska’s 1964 earthquake stranded salt water stickleback fish in freshwater ponds, it took just 50 years for them to evolve into happy pond dwellers.
Why would a biochemist make three-dimensional prints of budding yeast cells?
One way to take the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, out of the air is to concentrate and store it underground. Scientific American explains how one company plans to do it.
A junkyard full of old airplanes turns out to be an artist’s playground. Several companies exist to turn historic old aircraft parts into seating, tables, picture frames, book shelves and any other piece of furniture you might imagine.
Using a magnetic field, researchers could trick migratory birds to turn in the wrong direction before takeoff.
The universe is a noisy place, but we didn’t always have the right ears to hear the sounds—until now.
Researchers were surprised to find that cyclists rode faster while taking on easy mental tasks.—Karen Hopkin, Eliene Augenbraun
Shoe-related dangers lurk underfoot. The rate of high heel–related injuries doubled over a 10-year period, and most of those injuries happened in a place you might not expect.
Voice-activated intelligent agents use pattern recognition to understand your words - but they do not always understand what you mean.
A hammock turns out to be the perfect place to contemplate spacetime, especially if you happen to have some coconuts
The elephant in the room—actually, Times Square: a ton of poached ivory that was mashed in some sort of souped-up wood chipper.
In his new book, the founding executive director of the Planetary Society contends that humans will make it to Mars, but robots will go much farther.
A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research blames 40 percent of the rise in obesity on the ubiquity of supercenters, warehouse clubs, and restaurantsBy Eliene Augenbraun and Gretchen Cuda Kroen
A new film presents the science behind when and why people lie.
The Keeling Curve, which records atmospheric carbon dioxide changes since 1958, was just awarded National Historic Chemical Landmark status.— Jen Christiansen, Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers