Archivo: Scientific American

The city is the first to undertake such a scheme, in an effort to better warn residents of the health threats from heat

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China’s Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope has detected more than 1,600 fast radio bursts from a single enigmatic system

A new detector could keep tabs on life on Earth—and maybe beyond

A mid-20th-century computer experiment created a new field of science—and programmer Mary Tsingou Menzel is finally being given credit for her role in making it happen

Fear of mortality might underlie physicists’ fondness for the anthropic principle, multiverses, superdeterminism and other shaky ideas

Mathematicians have expanded category theory into infinite dimensions, revealing new connections among mathematical concepts

Although our sun is considered a quiet star, it is now thought to have repeatedly pelted our planet with enormous eruptions in the not too distant past. Could another occur in the near future?

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Members of the profession study such tragic events to try and ensure that something similar won’t happen again

The NASA mission used seismic waves from marsquakes to perform a core-to-crust survey of the planet’s subsurface


In mathematics, as in many fields, who you know matters. An analysis of mathematicians’ “ancestors” (their graduate school advisers) as well as their descendants (the students they advised) shows that elite researchers tend to produce elites. Mathematicians Feng Fu of Dartmouth College and Ho-Chun Herbert Chang of the University of Southern California analyzed connections among 240,000 mathematicians and found that winners of math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal, were concentrated among just a few mathematical families. “If you want to win a Fields Medal, you want to study with a Fields Medalist,” Fu says.