A collection of delicate stone tools discovered on California's Channel Islands indicates that early humans in the Americas were hunting local waterfowl some 11,200 to 12,200 years ago.
If you had $1 billion to spend on just one project, what would it be? Here's how an astrobiologist, a broadcaster, a skeptic and a Nobel laureate, amongst others, would spend the money.Filmed at the 2010 Science Foo Camp in California, this is the last of four videos in this series...
Wandering the neighborhood randomly is not usually the best strategy to find a great dinner—especially if you live in a place where such meals are few and far between.
Speculation abounds that Apple will introduce its much-anticipated iPad 2.0 at a Wednesday meeting at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Which technology will have the greatest impact in the next 10 years: the Internet, genomics or geoengineering? Are you optimistic about the future, or pessimistic?
As a little boy, I was always drawn to books about wilderness, exotic places, explorers and wild animals. I hungrily read accounts of real events, from Joy Adamson to Gerald Durrell, and works of fiction, from The Jungle Book to The White Fang, from Henryk Sienkiewicz's In Desert and Wilderness to the entire Doctor Dolittle series.And I never outgrew the genre, excitedly checking out new titles, but now with a somewhat raised bar - adventure is not enough, I also want good science in the story...
"We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated,” said President Obama in his recent State of the Union address, “but the winner of the science fair.”The first Google Science Fair, for which Scientific American is a partner, will do just that...
I got the news today that one of the great figures in astronomy journalism and amateur astronomy, Leif Robinson, former editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, died yesterday at 71.Leif served as editor in chief of S&T from 1980 to 2000 and was a regular fixture at gatherings of professional and amateur astronomers alike...
Asteroids and comets have long been suspected of helping nudge Earth toward life. The interplanetary interlopers have struck Earth since the beginning, delivering carbon, water, and sometimes organic compounds such as amino acids...
How many wars, deaths, recessions and environmental disasters will it take before Americans, and their Congress, finally make a decisive move to reduce the country's dependence on oil?
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