Solving Our Plastic Problem

At Scientific American 's third Science on the Hill event, experts from academia and the private sector met at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to talk with Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina about solutions to our plethora of plastics probl … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

Flood Insurance Program Increasingly Underwater as Payouts Shatter Records

Louisiana and Texas accounted for half the money paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program since 1973 | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

China Reveals Scientific Experiments for Next Space Station

Projects will probe topics including DNA mutation, fire behaviour and the birth of stars | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Breakthrough demonstrations using defective diamonds, high-flying drones, laser-bathed crystals and other exotica suggest practical, unhackable quantum networks are within reach | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Flexible Sandstone [video]

Water plus rocks equal weird things – sometimes. Itacolumite is a rare sandstone riddled with tiny holes, leaving interlocking bits of mineral. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

"Flesh-Eating" Bacteria May Be Spreading to Beaches Once Thought Off-Limits

The bacteria, which normally live in warmer waters, have caused infections in waters near Delaware and New Jersey | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Pace of Heat Records Will Pick up With Warming

If greenhouse gases are not curbed, 60 percent of the world will set monthly records by century’s end | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Mapping the Mission

Modern satellite imagery and 3-D modeling give us a new view of how Apollo 11 played out | Continue reading | 1 day ago

One Small Step Back in Time

Half a century after Apollo 11 , we remember how we achieved the impossible and why we need to do it again | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Adulting Tips: 5 Psychological Secrets

Whether your graduation is coming up or twenty years behind you, we all have moments when we wonder whether we’re cut out for this adulthood thing | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Why Some Amazonian Societies Survived and Others Perished amid Pre-Columbian Droughts

Confronting climate change, cultures with intensive, specialized land use were vulnerable. Those that endured cultivated multiple crops and helped edible rainforest species prosper | Continue reading | 1 day ago

New Sensor Could Detect Electrical Failures in Ships or Buildings

A monitoring device could measure overall power consumption and identify critical malfunctions  | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Monkey Cousins Use Similar Calls

Two monkey species who last shared a common ancestor 3 million years ago have "eerily similar" alarm calls. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

How Does Insulin Work in Our Bodies?

What is insulin and how do our bodies use it? | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Domestication Made Dogs' Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans

Wolves lack the muscles that allow dogs to raise their eyebrows and make puppy dog eyes | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Proposed Energy Efficiency Rules Could Slow Emissions Reductions

More efficient appliances and stricter building codes have driven significant declines in U.S. emissions to date | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction

First gene associated with cannabis abuse likely affects how people respond to the drug | Continue reading | 2 days ago

New Space Telescope Will Map the Universe in High-energy X-rays

A German–Russian mission called SRG will detect millions of supermassive black holes, many new to science, and hundreds of thousands of stars | Continue reading | 2 days ago

In the Wiggle of an Ear, a Surprising Insight into Bat Sonar

It could lead to drones that fly like bats | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Big Changes Needed to Fight Harassment, Group Tells US Biomedical Agency

Advisory panel says US National Institutes of Health should treat sexual harassment more seriously and do more to help affected researchers | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Storm Scents: It's True, You Can Smell Oncoming Summer Rain

Researchers have teased out the aromas associated with a rainstorm and deciphered the olfactory messages they convey | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples

A study in mice shows improved cognitive performance when these bursting signals move around memory circuits | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Not All Military Bases Plan for Warming, Watchdog Finds

The Defense Department recognizes the risks posed by climate change, but needs to do more to protect its facilities | Continue reading | 5 days ago

A Head Full of Fluid and Burning Eyes: NASA Astronaut Talks about His Year Living in Space

Scientific American spoke with Scott Kelly about the hardships of life in zero gravity and what it was like coming back to Earth  | Continue reading | 5 days ago

You Contain Multitudes of Microplastics

People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that's probably a gross underestimate. | Continue reading | 6 days ago

The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome

Cracking the nut’s “cyanide problem” could make it easier to cultivate sweeter varieties of this ancient snack | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Hopes for Cutting Carbon Do Not Yet Match Reality

Prices on carbon are not strict enough to make significant dents in emissions | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia

Ancient site points to weed’s role in burial rites | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Ecological Detectives Hunt for San Francisco's Vanished Waterways

Recovering “ghost creeks” from past landscapes can help protect the city’s future amid climate chaos | Continue reading | 6 days ago

A Biodegradable Label Doesn't Make It So

At the third Scientific American “Science Meets Congress” event, “Solving the Plastic Waste Problem”, experts examined the question of biodegradability.    | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Using Ganja to Get High Dates Back Millennia

Ancient site points to weed’s role in burial rites | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Water on Europa--with a Pinch of Salt

Much like Earth’s seas, the subsurface ocean of this icy moon of Jupiter contains sodium chloride, the main ingredient of table salt | Continue reading | 7 days ago

EPA's Science Advisory Board to Scrutinize Clean Car Rollback

Critics of the Trump administration move point to errors in the agency’s analysis | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Venus, Earth's Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies

Once a water-rich Eden, the hellish planet could reveal how to find habitable worlds around distant stars | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Watch a Raging Forest Fire Surround You in 360 Degrees

Nightmarish spherical videos, shot from the center of an inferno, demonstrate how they spread | Continue reading | 7 days ago

The 2019 Worldwide Fitness Trends

The annual survey of worldwide fitness trends is now in its 13th year | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Russian Biologist Plans More CRISPR-Edited Babies

The proposal follows a Chinese scientist who claimed to have created twins from edited embryos last year | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Storms, Salty Water Caused Mystery Hole in Antarctic Sea Ice

Robotic floats and elephant seals helped solve the mystery of the formation of features called polynyas | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Two-for-One: Chickenpox Vaccine Lowers Shingles Risk in Children

Immunization reduces the likelihood of a painful reemergence of the virus in kids | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Are People with ADHD More Creative?

A look at whether people whose minds drift away easily, such as those with the disorder, are more likely to come up with original ideas | Continue reading | 8 days ago

EPA Head Targets "Worst-Case" Climate Scenarios

Administrator Wheeler has called such projections unrealistic, but experts say they are most in line with current emissions trends | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Interview: The Once and Future Moon

Oliver Morton discusses his new book about how art, science and politics have shaped past, present and planned voyages to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Fed Up with Washington, ALS Advocates Consider ACT UP's Take-no-Prisoners Approach

Patients want drugs fast-tracked through FDA approval process | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Climate Change Sends Great Lakes Water Levels Seesawing

Six years ago, lake levels were low, now lakeside communities face widespread flooding | Continue reading | 11 days ago

FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?

Changes could endanger promising medical research | Continue reading | 12 days ago

White House Climate Review Could Damage Careers, Scientists Warn

Concerns mount over reports that federal researchers could be compelled to participate in the controversial exercise | Continue reading | 12 days ago

As Predicted, Some of Australia's Turtles Are Going Extinct

Turtles’ famed longevity can mask their decline—until it is too late | Continue reading | 12 days ago

High School Cheaters Nabbed By Neural Network

Researchers trained a neural network to scrutinize high school essays and sniff out ghostwritten papers. Christopher Intagliata reports. | Continue reading | 13 days ago