Scientifc America

Subscribe to Scientifc America feed Scientifc America
Updated: 54 min 59 sec ago

Why Did Flu Season Start So Early This Year?

Thu, 2022-11-17 06:45

Reduced population immunity resulting from COVID precautions, and a phenomenon called viral interference, may have influenced this flu season’s early start

Who Is Dying from COVID Now, and Why

Wed, 2022-11-16 06:45

Nearly three years into the pandemic, COVID’s mortality burden is growing in certain groups of people

Artemis I Launches U.S.'s Long-Awaited Return to the Moon

Wed, 2022-11-16 01:57

The first flight test of the world’s most powerful rocket will send an uncrewed spacecraft to lunar orbit and back

Do Chimps Share Cool Stuff Just for Fun? Uganda Forest Study Provides a Hint That They Might

Mon, 2022-11-14 15:00

Could a sighting by researchers in Uganda’s Kibale National Park be a clue that chimps share just for the sake of sharing?

Is Space-Based Solar Power Ready for Its Moment in the Sun?

Mon, 2022-11-14 06:45

Around the world, researchers are betting that beamed power from space could be the next big thing for clean energy on Earth

Weird Weather: How to Tell a Williwaw from a Haboob

Fri, 2022-11-11 06:45

You may have endured a frost quake, pogonip or Saskatchewan screamer without knowing it. Take our tour of weird weather terms to find out

Geometry Reveals the Tricks Behind Gerrymandering

Thu, 2022-11-10 10:00

  Some voting districts are tilted intentionally toward one party or another—a factor in the midterms. Geometry plays a critical role in gerrymandering

Abortion Rights Won Big at the Ballot Box

Wed, 2022-11-09 15:30

Voters chose to protect abortion rights in all five states with abortion-related measures on their ballots 

How Rare Are November Hurricanes?

Wed, 2022-11-09 15:00

November hurricanes and tropical storms such as Nicole are relatively rare, but they can—and do—form

Brazil's New President Vows to Save Amazon Forests

Wed, 2022-11-09 06:45

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says he’ll stop illegal destruction of rainforests allowed under former president Jair Bolsonaro. Will Brazilians support him?

World Edges Closer to Meeting Climate Targets but Not Fast Enough

Tue, 2022-11-08 10:30

As the COP27 climate summit begins, emissions reduction pledges are still far behind where they need to be to meet the goals to limit global warming

Ramsey Theory Extracts Order from Chaos when Sorting through Confusing Arrangements of Numbers

Tue, 2022-11-08 06:45

Mathematician Frank Ramsey showed how to discover coherent patterns among a multitude of number groupings

Satellite Constellations Are an Existential Threat for Astronomy

Mon, 2022-11-07 06:45

Growing swarms of spacecraft in orbit are outshining the stars, and scientists fear no one will do anything to stop it

RSV Is Surging: What We Know about This Common and Surprisingly Dangerous Virus

Fri, 2022-11-04 11:15

Your questions answered about what RSV is, how it spreads, what vaccines are on the way and who is most at risk

King Tut Mysteries Endure 100 Years After Discovery

Fri, 2022-11-04 11:00

A century after archaeologist Howard Carter’s momentous discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, questions and controversy still swirl around Egypt’s most famous king

NASA Asteroid Threat Practice Drill Shows We're Not Ready

Fri, 2022-11-04 06:45

A trial of how government, NASA and local officials would deal with a space rock headed toward Earth revealed gaps in the plans

What to Do if You're Trapped in a Surging Crowd

Thu, 2022-11-03 12:00

Crowd management experts explain the factors that enabled Seoul’s deadly crowd crush

NASA Is Studying a Private Mission to Boost Hubble's Orbit. Is It Worth the Risk?

Thu, 2022-11-03 06:45

SpaceX and the entrepreneur Jared Isaacman are pursuing a plan to rescue the iconic Hubble Space Telescope from a fiery plunge into Earth’s atmosphere

Crows Perform Yet Another Skill Once Thought Distinctively Human

Wed, 2022-11-02 16:00

Scientists demonstrate that crows are capable of recursion—a key feature in grammar. Not everyone is convinced

The New COVID Booster Shot Could Save Your Life; Get One Now, FDA Expert Says

Wed, 2022-11-02 07:30

FDA Chief Medical Officer Hilary Marston explains the importance of getting a booster shot, considers why so few people have gotten them and answers other questions