A global, crowd-sourced competition seeks to create a new TV series with an iconic female engineer heroine at its center
Being a scientific illustrator isn’t an easy career path. Being a fine artist engaging with science is even more difficult, at least financially.
When I told Kit Parker of Harvard University to think about explaining what he does to teenagers who would be watching our Google Science Fair Hangout On Air earlier today, he had a great answer for me: “My job is to work on cool.” Among Parker’s many “cool” research passions are understanding cardiac cell biology [...]
When British neuroscientist Susan Greenfield became the first woman to give the UK's prestigious Royal Institution Christmas lectures in 1994, journalists at the time focused on her path-breaking achievement.
Pieces of information, disputed and not, can be woven very quickly into competing explanatory narratives. Press the right buttons, then it can be lightning fast to order them into a line leading to this or that logical conclusion.
Spongelab has taken their popular Build-a-Body educational anatomy app and given it a Halloween makeov- umm, makeover is the wrong word. Halloween skin?
Africa has the lowest scientific output of any continent, despite being the second most populous. Combined, its 54 nations generate approximately the same amount of scientific research as the Netherlands.
One of the most commonly used metaphors for describing the solution for growing and diversifying America's scientific talent pool is the "STEM pipeline." Major policy reports have called on the U.S.
Triloarte 1 © Samantha Fermo Triloarte 6 © Samantha Fermo Triloarte 8 © Samantha Fermo Trilobites, in all their wild and crazy biodiverse forms, look delightful in this series by Italian painter Samantha Fermo.
At a hearing on the future of federal research investment, a science magazine editor and three noted scientists asked the U.S. Senate to support basic research
Kids searching for fossils using SharkFinder kits at Scientific American’s booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Credit: Jason Osborne Jason Osborne was trying to grab a quick lunch away from the crowds when his wife called his cellphone.
Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the more amorphous cloud-based computing, kids are presenting more with Prezi than on poster boards, and work can be turned in online instead of in-hand.
When I was eight years old I couldn't speak English. I'd been born in another country and came to the U.S. because my father's postdoctoral medical research brought us here.
Find out why Oxford University astrophysicist and founder of The Zooniverse Chris Lintott believes that humanity’s ability to be “deliciously distractable” is a creative engine powering the benefits of citizen science for discovery–and how, if you are a researcher, you might like to “play with your phyiscs.” With Google Student Ambassador Hanne Paine, we had [...]
I have always assumed that having a strong sense of self-worth was important. I figured it made a person happier, healthier, more successful, and easier to be around.
Visual notes from the Science of Learning panel at South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu)
Focusing on irrational fears will not help chemistry’s public image
An alarming report on the current state of excellence in the United States has been released today. The conclusion of the report "Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence Gaps and the Persistence of America's Permanent Talent Underclass" is that the United States is relying on less than half of its talent, with large percentages of our brightest students [...]
When I visited the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod in early 2013 for an open house for prospective students, in many senses I was feeling under the weather.
ASPEN. When I arrived at the Aspen Meadows Resort for the Second Annual Aspen Brain Forum last Thursday evening, Goldie Hawn was getting out of a vehicle near the entrance.