More Science from Scientific American

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Lightning at Venice Beach Shows California Faces Weird Weather

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:20:00 GMT

Could drought be destabilizing California weather?

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Rats Experience Feelings of Regret

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT

New study reveals rat’s remorse — another way other animals are like humans

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Rare Tornado Slams Boston Area

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:10:32 GMT

Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces early on Tuesday after it was raked by a rare tornado that knocked out power and damaged homes and buildings. The...

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Heavy Rains Soak North American Grain Belt [Video]

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:50:00 GMT

While some of the West suffers in drought, other parts of the U.S. breadbasket suffer from too many storm clouds

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Extreme Weather Hits Poorest Hardest

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:55:00 GMT

Poor communities have the fewest resources to cope with climate change

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


July 29, 1972: An Important Date in Bioethics, Science and Black History

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:22:05 GMT

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was an infamous clinical study that began in 1932, conducted by the Public Health Service at the Tuskegee Institute.

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Six Minor Meteor Showers Could Beat the Perseids This Summer

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:48:00 GMT

While a bright nearly-full moon will interfere with Perseid meteor observing, six other six lesser celestial displays will reach their peak in dark skies

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


DDT Still Killing Birds in Michigan

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:20:00 GMT

A chemical plant-turned-Superfund site may be to blame

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Rising Heat Wilts Wheat Crop

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:45:00 GMT

Satellite imaging reveals the need to change farming in South Asia as higher average temperatures hit

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Strong, Clear Bioplastic Containers Could Be Made from Rice

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Using rice starch, researchers have made sustainable, biodegradable polymers that could be used in food packaging

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Scientists Bring New Rigor to Education Research

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Researchers are using tools borrowed from medicine and economics to figure out what works best in the classroom. But the results aren't making it into schools

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Passengers Screenwriter Talks about Time Dilation and a Story's Inner Truth

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:35:00 GMT

Hollywood's go-to hard science fiction and space epics writer Jon Spaihts says drama takes precedence but he also tries to write scripts that teach no harmful fallacies

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World's Population

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:50:00 GMT

Scientists are eager to find out whether the new virus that infects gut bacteria could promote health or influence susceptibility to certain conditions

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Try This at Home: Let Your Ears Move Your Eyes

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

A simple exercise reveals how the ear’s vestibular system affects your vision.

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Pests

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:27:25 GMT

Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Brain State Bread Crumbs Lead Way Back to Consciousness

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT

Researchers studying anesthetized rats discovered a handful of activity patterns that may mark the path to consciousness after anesthesia. Karen Hopkin reports  

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


NASA May Put a Greenhouse on the Red Planet

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:55:00 GMT

Mustardlike plants could be the first Earthlings to call Mars home if NASA decides to let them hitch a ride on the next rover

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Proposal to Ban Import of Boa Constrictors Draws Backlash

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:42:36 GMT

A U.S. proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators who fear...

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Roach Reactions to Venom Point to Targeted Pesticides

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Small changes in the protein sequence of sodium channels of American compared with German cockroaches leave the latter susceptible to a venom that has little effect on the former. Cynthia Graber...

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


All 8 Pangolin Species Being Eaten into Extinction

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:01:43 GMT

A few days ago customs officials in Vietnam raided a cargo ship from Sierra Leone and seized an astonishing 1.4 tons of dried pangolin scales.

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


White House Warns Delaying Climate Action Costs Billions More

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

A new report shows that failing to combat global warming would dramatically increase the cost of such climate insurance

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Dinosaurs Reveal Clues about Adaptation to Climate Change

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Yesterday's big reptiles can help us figure out how the human era is shaping up By Mary H. Schweitzer

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Ocean Plastic Particles Could Get in Gills

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00:00 GMT

Sea creatures eat plastic dumped in the ocean, but they also might be accumulating plastic by sucking up tiny particles with their siphons and gills. Christopher Intagliata reports.    

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Roadside Shrubs Could Sink Carbon Pollution

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:35:00 GMT

With better management, the grass and shrubbery by the side of the road could soak up a lot of CO2, helping combat climate change

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


Mystery Diagnosis: Chest Pain

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Calvin is a 48-year-old CEO of a water filtering company who has been experiencing chest pain for 2 weeks.  Find out what the most common causes of chest pain are and how his doctor determined...

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com