You may wonder how Google knows what you’re typing, where you are or even what you’re thinking—they use your data to do it all.
Prairies become dance floors each spring as male birds vie for female attention."Like No One is Watching” was first published on bioGraphic © 2018 California Academy of Sciences.
Earthquake-warning systems save lives by detecting the first signs of shaking.
For a robot to help scientists truly understand marine life it must engage underwater environments without disturbing them. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers report in Science Robotics this week their agile, undulating soft robotic fish does just that, having observed and recorded aquatic life along coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean at depths of up to 18 meters. A product of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the robot exchanges information with human divers via an acoustic communication modem and propels itself using a motor-powered water pump rather than more disruptive and less agile water jets or propellers that chase away the fish researchers want to study.
These stretchy skins help robots move across rough surfaces, and potentially promote exploration and environmental monitoring.
Teenagers are often thought of as reckless risk-takers. Nature Video asks a neuroscientist and a group of adolescents what's really behind risky behaviour.This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on February 21, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.
If you suffer a heart attack in a crowd, you would be less likely to get help than if there were only one or two people around you.
Curling at the highest level requires careful calculations and a little finesse with physics.
In the race for survival, predators can achieve impressive strengths and speeds—but research reveals that when it comes to strategy, their prey may have the upper hand.This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on January 24, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.
Researchers used autonomous and remotely operated underwater vehicles to survey the Havre volcano in the Pacific Ocean, leading to a new discovery about submarine volcano deposits.
Our editors recap some of the most notable science stories of 2017. Check out https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-top-10-science-stories-of-2017/
Become a dreidel “spinologist” and compete for the longest time of spin.
Don’t crack under pressure! Explore the scientific—and sometimes sleazy—secrets to win a wish at this year’s Thanksgiving wishbone pull.
Using the CRISPR–Cas9 system, scientists can do much more than gene editing—they can boost gene transcription or use fluorescent proteins to paint and track a chromosome. In this Nature Video animation, several innovative uses for CRISPR are outlined and explained. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on October 31, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.
An isolated group of orangutans in Sumatra is the first new great ape species described since the 1920s, and could be the most critically endangered.
Squashing the competition at a giant pumpkin weigh-off requires patience, persistence—and a little bit of luck.
Astrophysicists searching for gravitational waves have finally learned what happens when you crash two neutron stars together--and it's very, very shiny.
Researchers train high-speed video on schooling fish to track the motion of each individual, revealing how information and decisions travel through the group."Lens of Time: Secrets of Schooling" was first published on bioGraphic ©2016 California Academy of Sciences
The tools we build to explore our deep oceans might one day explore ocean world across the solar system. A new observatory called ABISS that can transmit video and long-term chemical measurements at broadband speeds from the seafloor using a system of flashing lights instead of a traditional tether.