A new analysis finds extinct wombat cousins were heftier and stranger than previously thought
Language and the U.S.’s relationship with the outdoors
His essay on alien life was uncovered in 2016; now we have a second example of his previously unpublished thoughts about science
Recent PostsSelect Topic
Timelapse of the night sky with DSLR photography is the rage these days. Set this to music with an interesting landscape and we have some of the most impressive videos out there on the internet.Gavin Heffernan with Sunchaser Pictures specializes in this type of night sky work...
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, looking at people reading silently. When you read silently...how do you do it? Are you "hearing" the words in your head?
Last year a group of researchers at Brown and Harvard universities reported on a study called Braingate, in which a paralyzed woman picked up a container of coffee with a robotic arm and drank from it through a straw, an action directed by electrical signals from her motor cortex.Brain-controlled interfaces have advanced dramatically during the past decade...
#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - Climate Change, alpha males, fake Mars mission, Roe vs. Wade, Asteroid Hunter, and more
- Caren Cooper - The Citizen Science of Climate Change: We are not bystanders - Christina Agapakis - Alpha males and “adventurous human females”: gender and synthetic genomics - Ashutosh Jogalekar - Study indicates that scientific fraud may have a male bias and An eternity of infinities: the power and beauty of mathematics - Kelly Oakes - What a fake Mars mission says about our own sleep habits - John R...
On 4 November 2011, six men emerged from a windowless capsule based on the site of the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, Russia. They had been inside their spaceship for 520 days, enough time to (optimistically) go to Mars and back...
The biggest intellectual shock I ever received was in high school. Someone gifted me a copy of the physicist George Gamow’s classic book “One two three...infinity” .
Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated with ways to alter consciousness, and have gone to great lengths to reach a "higher" ground. From naturally occurring substances such as opium and betel nuts, to synthetic drugs like LSD, people have long experimented with mind-altering substances...
#SciAmBlogs Monday - poisoned Keas, dragonfly eyes, laundromat anthropology, Calvin Cycle, ScienceOnlineTEEN, and more.
It's Monday, thus time for the new Image of the Week.- Cristy Gelling - Brainiac parrots threatened by widespread lead poisoning - Scicurious - Dragonflies keeping their eyes on the prize - Krystal D'Costa - Spin Cycle: The Social Realm of the Laundromat - S.E...
It’s a painfully familiar scene. A Louisiana state senator (Mike Walsworth) is asking a high-school science teacher about the teaching of evolution in class.
In my last post, I defended mega-pundit Jared Diamond against his critics, especially social scientists who imply that a book may be scholarly or a bestseller but not both.
STAFFBehind the scenes at Scientific AmericanRead
Anecdotes from the Archive
Anthropology in Practice
Exploring the human condition.Read
Insights into intelligence, creativity, personality, and well-beingRead
Everything you always wanted to know about raising science-literate kidsRead
Critical views of science in the newsRead
Dark Star Diaries
Explore the science behind the dog in your bedRead
News and research about endangered species from around the worldRead
Frontiers for Young Minds
Science by and for kids ages 8-15Read
Commentary invited by editors of Scientific AmericanRead
Climate science in a changing worldRead
Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday DeceptionsRead
Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiologyRead
Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific AmericanRead
Roots of Unity
Mathematics: learning it, doing it, celebrating it.Read
Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.Read
STAFFIllustrating science since 1845Read
STAFFA science blog, sans blagueRead
The Artful Amoeba
A Blog About the Weird Wonderfulness of Life on EarthRead
Exploring and celebrating diversity in science.Read