So many controversies about stem cells have flared and died away over the past decade that it can be hard to keep track of them all. The most recent contretemps, as evidenced by reports in the scientific press here, here and here, is about an exceedingly rare (and perhaps non-existent) group of diminutive cells called [...]..
For more than nine years, NASA’s Cassini probe has orbited Saturn, examining its rings and moons in unprecedented detail and sending back images of things and places humans had never seen...
It's entirely possible that the future of wearable computing looks more like Saran Wrap than Google Glass. Already, scientists have developed circuits you can wear like temporary tattoo and thin, flexible silicon-based devices that dissolve in water...
Join our G+ Hangout On Air at noon today (Friday, July 26) with the three winning authors, here:G+ Hangout on Air with Virginia Morell, Rebecca Crew and Scott Barry Kaufman, hosted by SA blogger Joanne Manaster The votes are in for Scientific American’s poll in which we asked readers to choose their favorite authors from our list of the best summer science books of 2013.We are excited to announce our three winners! Becky Crew, author of Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and other Weird CreaturesScott Barry Kaufman, author of Ungifted: Intelligence RedefinedVirginia Morell, author of Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow CreaturesAll three authors are set to join us live for a Google Plus Hangout on Air at noon Eastern on Friday, July 26...
For a quarter-hour today, some of us on Earth can look up and know that almost a billion miles away, above the sky, a set of robotic eyes is looking right back .
Photo credit: Flickr/blgrssby For better or worse, humans do not have a distinct “mating season.” Healthy females ovulate every month, which means that mating too can take place any time of year...
In an effort to rally support for healthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama spoke today about how one requirement of his flagship law is already putting money back in Americans’ wallets...
Wildfires are rampant this year. They broke out earlier than ever in California. In June, nineteen firefighters lost their lives in a hellish Arizona blaze.
This past Monday, the planet Neptune officially got a new moon, a relatively tiny chunk of rock and ice about as wide as Manhattan is long. The object is currently dubbed S/2004 N 1, and it’s the fourteenth now known to circle that distant icy world...
A newly unearthed dinosaur has been called the "Texas longhorn" of its family tree, and it's not hard to see why: Nasutoceratops titusi , a relative of the famous Triceratops, sported 3.5-foot-long horns, measured 15 feet long from nose to tail, and weighed 2.5 tons...
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