When it comes to developing an illustrated information graphic, sometimes you don’t really know what sorts of details you’re going to need until you dive in and start drawing.
The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted.
Tis the season for science fiction fun, but could we even tell if the universe around us was filled with galactic empires and rebel forces?
Here are some things that will give whatever might be on your mind at the moment a little perspective. You’ve probably seen these images plastered all over the Internet already.
Cosmic rays are subatomic particles from deep space that are constantly bombarding the Earth's atmosphere. Scientific American editor Phil Yam explains how they might play a role in seeding bolts of lightning.
Two maps show Greenland's sudden, rapid meltdown
The magnitude 7.9 temblor triggered a tsunami warning that was later downgraded to an advisory. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage
Since at least the 1960s, astronauts and satellites have been snapping photos of planet Earth from on high. While many of these photos possess an intrinsic beauty, some hold important clues about the goings-on of the inhabitants below.
Remote sensing can produce spectacular, and wholly alien, views of our homeworld.
A starship comes tearing through the solar system, its sensors capturing a brief glimpse of the inner planets. A small blue-green world spins while its tiny dark moon gyrates around it.
In an idle moment, while staring at a set of solar system data, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to display a set of planetary surfaces on an equal footing, where the overall texture of these worlds was visible (although topography is probably a more [...]
Ice volume bounced back thanks to a cool 2013 summer but don't call it a comeback
Live streaming video by Ustream It doesn’t get much better than this (well, of course being in space might be better, albeit colder).
Ahhh, fall. Time to look for more indoor activities. And aren’t you lucky? Here’s a list of sciart exhibits that will warm your heart while you warm your toes.
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, or in this case 1,400 pictures are worth a few words. Here is the collage of images uploaded by people across the planet for NASA’s Cassini ‘Wave at Saturn’ event on July 19th 2013, while Cassini snapped Earth in turn, as a teeny, tiny dot of [...]
A new estimate of Earth's total tree population shows previous estimates were seven times too low, and there are implications for efforts to understand the nature of life here and elsewhere in the universe
A new analysis of outer solar system orbits suggests that there really could be a hitherto unseen giant planet orbiting far from the sun—but what are the implications?
A cleverly stitched together set of imagery from Japanese weather satellite Himawari 8 creates a jaw-dropping HD time-lapse of a day-in-the-life of Earth—this is Glittering Blue
Its so easy to slip into debt, but so hard to dig oneself out. Just ask the typical wage earnereven business and national leaders. People who know better still wait for that next paycheck, assumed pay raise or small miracle to help them catch up.
A new satellite image beautifully highlights the Earth forming a perfect crescent as the midnight sun beams down on the far northern reaches of the globe