An embryonic stem cell treatment for a rare inherited form of blindness was approved Monday for clinical trials. This is only the second human embryonic stem cell-based trial to be approved by the U.S...
Too often, we don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. That could happen with the World Wide Web—unless we protect the basic principles on which the Web is built.
Brian G. Marsden, who as director of the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center (MPC) was the official record keeper for most of the astronomical discoveries in the solar system in recent decades, died November 18, according to an obituary bulletin from the MPC...
Federal law enforcement and prosecutors have received a mandate from the U.S. Department of Justice to use DNA identification whenever possible in investigating and prosecuting federal crimes...
Readers of the Wall Street Journal may have been surprised by an editorial that appeared Tuesday. We editors at Scientific American certainly were. In his opinion piece, techno-utopian intellectual George Gilder takes California's Silicon Valley to task for its green initiatives to create jobs...
Archaeologists have begun trading verbal blows over a set of animal bones said to exhibit the earliest evidence of stone tool-assisted butchery on record.
In the December 2010 issue of Scientific American University of California, Berkeley, scientists Michel Maharbiz and Hirotaka Sato describe how they combined off-the-shelf computer electronics with nanosurgical skill to create cyborg beetles that are part machine and part insect...
A spacecraft that traveled to a near-Earth asteroid and attempted the unprecedented feat of sampling its surface directly for examination back on Earth looks to have succeeded in its task...
For the past year or so, I've been working on a documentary project with Detroit Public Television called "Beyond the Light Switch." It's taken me from the ARPA-e conference in Washington, D.C., to the frack fields of North Texas...
SAN DIEGO—Tens upon tens of thousands of people in the U.S. use cochlear implants, a bionic ear-like device that can restore hearing to the profoundly hearing impaired.
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