Maybe the Aliens Really Are Here

But if so, it’s probably in the form of robotic probes; something both UFO enthusiasts and SETI scientists should be able to agree on

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Mockingbirds Are Better Musicians Than We Thought

Their complex songs have striking similarities to Beethoven; Tuvan throat-singing; a Disney musical; and Kendrick Lamar

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A Modest Proposal: Let’s Change Earth’s Orbit

What’s the worst that could happen?

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China Launches Astronauts to New Space Station

The nation’s first crewed liftoff in nearly five years is the third of 11 planned launches to complete the station’s construction

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Why the Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Went Mysteriously Dim Last Year

High-resolution images suggest the star spewed out so much dust that its brightness dropped by two-thirds in 2020

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Can Science Survive the Death of the Universe?

Three physicists envision ways in which the quest for knowledge can last forever

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Animal Kids Listen to Their Parents Even before Birth

Human children: please take note of the behavior of prebirth zebra finches

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The Reason Some Republicans Mistrust Science: Their Leaders Tell Them To

GOP officials have been denigrating the government, including government scientists, for decades

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Human Evolution Led to an Extreme Thirst for Water

We are more dependent on water than many other mammals and have developed a host of clever strategies for obtaining it

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Why Humans Are So Thirsty

Artificial proteins, carbon-sucking rocks, particle accelerators, and more

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SpaceX Starlink Mega Constellation Faces Fresh Legal Challenge

The company’s ongoing launches of thousands of satellites for global high-speed Internet service may clash with preexisting environmental regulations

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Marching to the Beat of the 17-Year Cicada Clock

A visit to my hometown to see the legendary Brood X cicadas with my wife and one-year-old daughter changed my conception of time

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Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Come in Two Distinct Flavors

A trove of new detections suggests that the bursts could be the result of at least two separate astrophysical phenomena

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How Human Space Launches Have Diversified

A plethora of new countries and private companies are getting in on the quest to send people to orbit

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Why Scientists Tweak Lab Viruses to Make Them More Contagious

Some “gain of function” studies explore how a dangerous pathogen might cross species barriers to start an outbreak

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Searching for City Lights on Other Planets

There’s a detectable difference between a planet shining with reflected light and a planet glowing with its own artificial illumination

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Poem: ‘Turing and the Apple’

Science in meter and verse

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Venus Wins Stunning Third New Mission, This Time from Europe

EnVision will follow NASA’s DAVINCI+ and VERITAS

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A Random Walk through the English Language

How a dispute between a religious believer and a confirmed atheist led to a major mathematical breakthrough

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For African Elephants, Pee Could Be a Potent Trail Marker

Scientists found that elephants often sniff pathways—and seem especially attuned to urine.

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New Radioactivity Measurement Could Boost Precision of Dark Matter Experiments

The process finds minuscule amounts of radioactive material in metals

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Ganymede Looks Glorious in New Images from NASA’s Juno Mission

The spacecraft captured the first close-up views of the solar system’s largest moon in more than twenty years

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Jeff Bezos Will Go to Space on Blue Origin’s First Crewed Flight

The multibillionaire—along with his brother and at least one other passenger—could reach suborbital heights as soon as July 20

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See Iridescent Jellyfish and Glowing Wonders of the Sea in World Oceans Day Photos

Mysterious creatures of the deep shine in images by marine biologist Alexander Semenov

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Experts Weigh In on Pentagon UFO Report

The vast majority of examined incidents were not caused by U.S. advanced technology programs, the forthcoming report concludes. So what’s going on?

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NASA’s Juno Set for Close Encounter with Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

The flyby will be the closest a spacecraft has come to the gas giant’s largest moon in 20 years

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Biden’s New Science Adviser Talks COVID, Spying and More

A conversation with Eric Lander during his first day as the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Stars Made of Antimatter Might Be Lurking in the Universe

Circumstantial evidence could point to a mind-blowing solution to an antimatter mystery—or to the need for better space-based particle physics experiments

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‘Antistars’ Made of Antimatter Get a Particle’s Worth of Evidence

Circumstantial evidence could point to a mind-blowing solution to an antimatter mystery—or to the need for better space-based particle physics experiments

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Death by Primordial Black Hole

If such an object a mere thousand times bigger than an atom passed through your body, the result would not be pretty

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Transcendence Happens All the Time

We’ve long fantasized about transformations from one mode of life to another, but nature has already beaten us to it

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50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: June 2021

Social strata of turkeys; moon bombs

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Science Shouidn’t Come at the Expense of Black Lives

We must say no to science that exploits people

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Science Shouldn’t Come at the Expense of Black Lives

We must say no to science that exploits people

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NASA Picks Two Missions to Explore Venus, the First in Decades

The space agency’s DAVINCI+ and VERITAS missions could spark a sea change in planetary science when they launch later this decade

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Puppies Understand You Even at a Young Age, Most Adorable Study of the Year Confirms

Researchers in the happiest lab in the world tested 375 pups and found they connected with people by eight weeks

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Creative Thinking in both Science and the Arts Is Not for the Faint of Heart

Or, to put it another way, be yourself; everyone else is already taken

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Century-Old Textiles Woven from Fascinating Fungus

Researchers pinpoint the mycelial source of museum artifacts

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Is Delayed–Again

A Halloween launch for the space agency’s long-awaited flagship observatory is all but certain to slip into mid-November or later

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Is NASA about to Lift the ‘Venus Curse?’

Despite the best efforts of scientists eager to study Earth’s sister world, U.S. efforts to send a dedicated spacecraft to Venus have languished. An imminent announcement could decide whether…

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NASA Just Broke The Venus Curse. Here’s What It Took

Despite the best efforts of scientists eager to study Earth’s sister world, U.S. efforts to send a dedicated spacecraft to Venus have languished. An imminent announcement could decide whether…

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At the Bottom of Lake Huron, an Ancient Mystery Materializes

The air was likely frigid as the hunter lit a small fire. The caribou would come in the morning—forced through the narrow strip of marshland where he camped. There was nowhere else to go. The…

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Sexuality, Gender and Justice

This Pride Month discover the science supporting equality and anti-discrimination

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How Slime Molds Remember Where They Ate

These simple organisms physically encode food locations to solve complex tasks

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Maybe Dark Matter Is More Than One Thing

If so, it could explain some inconsistencies in our observations

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Readers Respond to the February 2021 Issue

Letters to the editor from the February 2021 issue of Scientific American

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Stunning Images from Chemistry, the Inscrutable Quantum Reality, and Other New Science Books

Recommendations from the editors of Scientific American

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Can a Cell Remember?

Surprisingly, there’s some evidence that it can

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The World’s Northernmost Town Is Changing Dramatically

Climate change is bringing tourism and tension to Longyearbyen on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard

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Bats on Helium Reveal an Innate Sense of the Speed of Sound

A new experiment shows that bats are born with a fixed reference for the speed of sound—and living in lighter air can throw it off.

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