Archives: Scientific American

The freaky physics phenomenon of quantum tunneling may mutate genes

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The James Webb Space Telescope’s first images of the distant universe shocked astronomers. Is the discovery of unimaginably distant galaxies a mirage, or a revolution?


New insights from black hole research may elucidate the cosmological event horizon

The same physics that makes quantum computers powerful also makes them finicky. New techniques aim to correct errors faster than they can build up


A speck-sized beetle overturns assumptions about flight mechanics

New research hints at the biophysical underpinnings of their ability to use Earth’s magnetic field lines to find their way to their breeding and wintering grounds


Humans evolved to be interdependent, not self-sufficient

Scientists say that the new material is even more durable than real dental enamel

Independent concepts from each nation envision launching high-speed spacecraft on aspirational multigenerational voyages into the great unknown of interstellar space


New evidence suggests an origin to an exceptionally hot period in Earth’s history