Stunning Astronomy Photos Look Like They’re Shot from Space

Astrophotographer Miguel Claro’s portraits capture wonders of the universe

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Biden Must Take Immediate Action to Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War

The continuing proliferation of atomic weapons threatens the safety of billions

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-science-agenda, #the-sciences

0

Major Physics Society Will Not Meet in Cities with Racist Policing Records

The American Physical Society’s new criteria for conference venues seem to be unique among scientific societies

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#physics, #policyethics, #the-sciences

0

Golden Age of Black Holes

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#from-the-editor, #space, #the-sciences

0

An Ancient Proto-City Reveals the Origin of Home

The 9,000-year-old settlement of Çatalhöyük in Turkey shows how humans began putting down roots

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#evolution, #features, #the-sciences

0

To Qualify as ‘Scientific,’ Evidence Has to Be Reproducible

We can never be sure if the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua, for example, was artificial—but we could be ready to answer that question for a future such visitor

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

NASA Needs to Rename the James Webb Space Telescope

The successor to the Hubble honors a man who took part in the effort to purge LGBT people from the federal workforce

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

Expert Opinion Can’t Be Trusted If You Consult the Wrong Sort of Expert

The failure of the U.S. to respond appropriately to the pandemic could have been predicted if anyone had bothered to ask social scientists

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#observatory, #policyethics, #the-sciences

0

Microscopic Wrinkles in Leaves Ward Off Insects

Researchers identify a new insect-defense mechanism

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#advances, #biology, #the-sciences

0

Black Inventor Garrett Morgan Saved Countless Lives with Gas Mask and Improved Traffic Lights

In 1916, he strapped on his “safety hood” and dragged rescuers to safety, but racism prevented him from being hailed a hero 

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

Astronomers Just Upsized an Iconic Black Hole

Cygnus X-1, the first black hole ever discovered, is significantly bigger than previously believed

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Mystery of Spinning Atomic Fragments Solved at Last

New experiments have answered the decades-old question of how pieces of splitting nuclei get their spins

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#physics, #the-sciences

0

Finding Yourself, and Your Community, When You Are Black in STEM

Antonio Baines is trying to build a more diverse science, one student at a time

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#artsculture, #the-sciences

0

Mars Video Reveals Perseverance Rover’s Daring Touchdown

The NASA spacecraft has also snapped more shots of its surroundings and listened to a Martian wind gust

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

E-Eggs Track Turtle Traffickers

Decoy sea turtle eggs containing tracking tech are new weapons against beach poachers and traffickers.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#conservation, #environment, #sustainability, #tech, #the-sciences

0

Experience Seven Minutes of Terror in New Perseverance Mars Rover Landing Video

Last week’s pinpoint touchdown of NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover in Jezero Crater was historic for many reasons, chief among them the epochal nature of the mission’s task of seeking…

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

New Supernova Alert System Promises Early Access to Spectacles in Space

Upgrades to the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS) detection system offer advance notice of impending blasts

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#physics, #space, #the-sciences

0

Until Recently, People Accepted the ‘Fact’ of Aliens in the Solar System

For centuries, right up until the 1960s, the notion life on Mars—and elsewhere—wasn’t considered especially remarkable

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Are Dolphins Right-Handed or Left-Handed?

Trick question, since dolphins obviously don’t have hands—but studying whether they have “handedness” led to identifying a quirk of human perception

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#cognition, #the-sciences

0

Physicists Need to Be More Careful with How They Name Things

The popular term “quantum supremacy,” which refers to quantum computers outperforming classical ones, has inescapable racist overtones

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

The U.S. Needs a Federal Department of Science and Technology

Currently, STEM-related policy is administered by a bewildering array of entities, which dilutes its effectiveness

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

Even Tiny Phytoplankton Have Microbiomes

These algae exchange vital chemicals with bacteria that live around their surface

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #chemistry, #the-sciences

0

Perseverance Has Landed! Mars Rover Begins a New Era of Exploration

NASA’s latest mission to the Red Planet will seek out signs of ancient life, gather samples for return to Earth, and even fly a first-of-its-kind interplanetary helicopter

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Biden Channels FDR on STEM Policy

The president’s letter to his new science advisor emphasizes the crucial role science plays in our society—much as Roosevelt did in a similar missive in 1944

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

Virtual Conferences Aren’t as Accessible as You Might Think

They have some advantages for people with disabilities—but plenty of problems as well

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

The First 100 Days on Mars: How NASA’s Perseverance Rover Will Begin Its Mission

With the space agency’s latest rover set to touch down on February 18, here is the agenda for its initial months

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Stop Domestic Terrorism

Our national leaders must take on racist-driven violence in the U.S.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

The Most Accurate Flat Map of Earth Yet

A cosmologist and his colleagues tackle a centuries-old cartographic conundrum

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#artsculture, #the-sciences

0

What Scientists Have Learned from 100 Years of Bird Banding

A rich archive of data has illuminated the secret lives of birds

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #features, #the-sciences

0

Mammoth Genomes Shatter Record for Oldest DNA Sequences

Researchers extracted DNA from fossils that are more than a million years old, illuminating the origins of the woolly mammoth and the Columbian mammoth

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #evolution, #the-sciences

0

Dinosaur Discoveries Are Booming

Fossils are being found worldwide, and there are plenty more to come

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#evolution, #graphic-science, #the-sciences

0

How NASA Aims to Achieve Perseverance’s High-Stakes Mars Landing

The robotic rover’s touchdown is meant to be the most accurate ever attempted on the Red Planet, opening the way for future pinpoint landfalls throughout the solar system

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Snakes’ Flexible, Heat-Sensing Organs Explained

Scientists decode how some snakes “see” in the dark

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#advances, #biology, #the-sciences

0

The Dark Side of CRISPR

Its potential ability to “fix” people at the genetic level is a threat to those who are judged by society to be biologically inferior

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policyethics, #the-sciences

0

The Epic, Absurdly Complex Battle between a Zombie Maker and Its Victim

The emerald jewel wasp is a cockroach’s worst nightmare

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #features, #the-sciences

0

The Shrapnel That Killed the Dinosaurs

Science provides knowledge of objects that threaten the Earth, and the means to deflect them

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Social Justice Movements, Exomoons and a Century of Bird Banding

What we’re learning about how solar systems and civilizations developed

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#from-the-editor, #policyethics, #the-sciences

0

As Perseverance Approaches Mars, Scientists Debate Its Sampling Strategy

The car-sized rover is the first step in an ambitious effort to bring pieces of the Red Planet back to Earth, but some crucial details remain undecided

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Quantum Mechanics, Free Will and the Game of Life

Some thoughts triggered by the death of the mathematician John Conway

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#math, #the-sciences

0

Readers Respond to the October 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the October 2020 issue of Scientific American

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#letters, #policyethics, #the-sciences

0

Fractal Shapes, STI Treatment and Prevention, and Other New Science Books

Recommendations from the editors of Scientific American

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#artsculture, #recommended, #the-sciences

0

Science Songs: A Spotify Playlist

Aerodynamics, androids and fly larvae feature in our curated collection of top indie tunes inspired by science

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#artsculture, #the-sciences

0

The Human Genome and the Making of a Skeptical Biologist

Thoughts on scientific ambition and progress, 20 years after the first draft of the genome was completed

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #the-sciences

0

Climate Change Could Shred Guitars Known for Shredding

It is the wood that the rock greats have sworn by—swamp ash, in the form of their Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars—for over 70 years. If you’ve ever listened to rock, you’ve…

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#artsculture, #the-sciences

0

Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the First Publication of the Human Genome

A new wave of research is needed to make ample use of humanity’s “most wondrous map”

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #the-sciences

0

Neandertalized ‘Mini Brains’ Yield Clues to Modern Human Uniqueness

Experiments on clusters of cultured cells hint that a gene variant found only in Homo sapiens profoundly changed brain development in our species compared to our extinct relatives

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#evolution, #the-sciences

0

Whales’ Long, Loud Calls Reveal Structure beneath Ocean Floor

Sound waves from fin whales can help scientists probe Earth’s crust

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #earth, #the-sciences

0

Snowflake Structure Still Mystifies Physicists

Their final shape depends on an array of temperature, humidity, and wind speed variables

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#physics, #the-sciences

0

China’s First Mars Mission, Tianwen-1, Reaches the Red Planet

Now in orbit, the spacecraft will attempt a landing later this year

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#space, #the-sciences

0

Bromances Could Lead to More Romances for Male Hyenas

Spotted hyena males do not fight for mates, so how are certain males shut out of the mating game?

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #the-sciences

0