Archives: Scientific American

The chemical these bacteria produce appears to enhance athleticism

Layers of ice-like gas hydrates may insulate frigid ocean worlds across the cosmos

An asteroid impact and volcanoes acting together could have done in the beasts, new rock dates indicate

Eradicating harmful species may have unintended consequences

A surge in occultation science is allowing astronomers to study the sun’s asteroids, planets and moons like never before

New studies of the oldest light and sound in the cosmos suggest novel physics—rather than systematic errors—could explain an unsolved scientific mystery

Our first encounter with E.T. technology could be as baffling to us as a smartphone would have been to a Neandertal

A newly identified circuit connecting the cerebellum to the brain’s reward centers in mice could help scientists understand autism and addiction

Warmer temperatures and rising CO2 can also ramp up some fungal toxins and allergens

A clever experiment shows it’s surprisingly easy to change someone’s political views, revealing how flexible we are