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Understanding Autism

by Scientific American Editors

Understanding Autism: The Search for Answers by the Editors of Scientific American The term “autism” first appeared in the early 1900s and comes from the Greek word “autos,” meaning self, used to describe...


Cyber Hacking

by Scientific American Editors

Cyber Hacking: Wars in Virtual Space by the editors of Scientific American

Cyberspace has certainly transformed the world. From media and communications to banking, an increasing number of daily activities is...


The Science of Sports: Winning in the Olympics

by Scientific American & Scientific American Editors

The Science of Sports: Winning in the Olympics by the editors of Scientific American The Olympics are the world's most prestigious stage for athletic competition. Fans both casual and hardcore tune in religiously...


Dinosaurs!

by Scientific American Editors

Terrible lizards. That’s what the word “dinosaurs” means. Yet dinosaurs are not true lizards, and they are not necessarily terrible either. In fact, paleontologists have overturned one misconception after...


Martin Gardner

by Scientific American Editors

How many people achieve a cult following because of their writing in mathematics? Only a handful, and Martin Gardner is among the most well known and well loved. Not only did he present a notoriously difficult...


Ask the Experts: Astronomy

by Scientific American Editors

For going on two decades, Scientific American’s “Ask the Experts” column has been answering reader questions on all fields of science. We’ve taken your questions from the basic to the esoteric and reached...


Ask the Experts: Physics and Math

by Scientific American Editors

For going on two decades, Scientific American’s “Ask the Experts” column has been answering reader questions on all fields of science. We’ve taken your questions from the basic to the esoteric and reached...


Allergies, Asthma and the Common Cold

by Scientific American Editors

During allergy season, sufferers know the drill: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing up a storm. For the unlucky with asthma, symptoms might also include coughing and wheezing. However, asthma is not always caused...


Allergies, Asthma and the Common Cold

by Scientific American Editors

During allergy season, sufferers know the drill: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing up a storm. For the unlucky with asthma, symptoms might also include coughing and wheezing. However, asthma is not always caused...


Tomorrow's Medicine

by Scientific American Editors

One hundred years ago, most of the medical treatments and technologies that we take for granted hadn’t even been imagined or were found in the pages of science fiction novels rather than medical journals....


Designing the Urban Future

by Scientific American Editors

We expect a lot from our technology. More and more products are created not only to perform multiple complex functions, but also to react to stimuli, patterns and information in a way that solves problems. Cars...


Designing the Urban Future

by Scientific American Editors

We expect a lot from our technology. More and more products are created not only to perform multiple complex functions, but also to react to stimuli, patterns and information in a way that solves problems. Cars...


Doing the Right Thing

by Scientific American Editors

Doing the Right Thing: Ethics in Science by the Editors of Scientific American

Most of us have probably had those discussions, either in a classroom setting or otherwise, where a hypothetical situation is given...


Doing the Right Thing

by Scientific American Editors

Most of us have probably had those discussions, either in a classroom setting or otherwise, where a hypothetical situation is given and you’re asked to choose between two or more unsatisfying options. If you...


The Secrets of Consciousness

by Scientific American Editors

The Secrets of Consciousness by the Editors of Scientific American

Consciousness is an enigmatic beast. It’s more than mere awareness – it’s how we experience the world, how our subjective experience relates...


From Abuse to Recovery

by Scientific American Editors

From Abuse to Recovery: Understanding Addiction by the Editors of Scientific American Addiction is costly on many levels to the individuals affected, their families and society as a whole, but science may soon...


Fact or Fiction

by Scientific American Editors

Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths by the Editors of Scientific American Did NASA really spend millions creating a pen that would write in space? Is chocolate poisonous to dogs? Does stress cause...


The Changing Face of War

by Scientific American Editors

The Changing Face of War by the Editors of Scientific American Advances in technology often concur with times of war—the nuclear bomb is perhaps the most iconic example. The then-new knowledge of nuclear...


Becoming Human

by Scientific American Editors

Becoming Human: Our Past, Present and Future by the Editors of Scientific American We humans are a strange bunch. We have self-awareness and yet often act on impulses that remain hidden. We were forged in adversity...


Can We Feed the World?

by Scientific American Editors

Can We Feed the World?: The Future of Food by the Editors of Scientific American With global population numbers projected to increase by 2 billion by 2050, a veritable food crisis is on the horizon. In this...