Researchers in the U.K. trained computers to rate photos of parks and cities for what humans consider to be their scenic beauty. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Revised tallies confirm that the rate of sea level rise is accelerating as Earth warms and ice sheets thaw
“Being a scientist doesn’t absolve me of my humanity”
Models similar to those used to track disease show what happens when too much information hits social media networks
Two technologies may be on the verge of surpassing even the most powerful digital computers in a year or so, but key challenges remain unsolved
It’s not easy, but a newly proposed test might be able to detect consciousness in a machine
U.S. firms have both the incentive and the opportunity to use information about us in undesirable ways
Security has to start with sound itself
Net Neutrality and the Open Internet
The debate over so-called "net neutrality" has raged for more than a decade between tech entrepreneurs and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who deliver digital content to our computers and mobile devices. Scientific American takes a look at the FCC's proposed plans and clarifies what’s at stake for internet users.
When the Oroville Dam spillway cracked and failed after a wet California winter, a team of scientists created a one fiftieth–scale model of the damaged concrete and eroded hillside to help guide the reconstruction.