Wildlife Crime? There's an App for That
2014-12-30 10:37:56 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A new tool may help officials crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. David Biello reports...
Sun's Magnetic Field Boosts Earth Lightning
2014-12-30 10:36:23 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
When the Sun's magnetic field is pointed away from Earth, lightning strikes in the U.K. go up 50 percent. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Movies Can Boost Solar Power
2014-12-30 10:35:13 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. David Biello reports...
Plummeting Petroleum Price Gases Up Global Warming
2014-12-30 10:34:03 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Good news for gas and oil consumers can be bad news for the environment. David Biello reports...
Oil Spill Sullies World Heritage Site
2014-12-30 10:32:47 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The Sundarbans, part of the world's largest mangrove forest and stretching across India and Bangladesh, have been tarnished by a 350,000-liter oil spill. David Biello reports....
Apple Pay Perturbs Prying Personal Prospectors
2014-12-30 10:30:20 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Law enforcement agencies and retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy balk at Apple's operating system and payment app privacy efforts. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Smartphone Case Furthers Unplug Movement
2014-12-30 10:29:00 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Yondr’s locking gadget-case aims to keep digital distractions down during live performances. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Solar Roadways Take Baby Steps
2014-12-30 10:27:45 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Dutch cyclists can now pedal a path paved with solar panels. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Cats Teach Robots to Land on Feet
2014-12-30 10:26:16 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Training rescue robots to land safely from falls like cats could give them nine lives in the field. Larry Greenemeier reports...
NYC School Computers Are MIA
2014-12-30 10:15:10 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
New York City public schools are missing hundreds and possibly thousands of computers, due to poor record keeping, theft, corruption or some combo. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Recycled Laptop Batteries Bring Light to Power Poor
2014-12-30 10:13:19 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
IBM scientists in India developed an experimental power supply from reusable lithium ion cells salvaged from three-year-old laptop battery packs. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Future Smartphone Could Fall Smartly, Too
2014-12-30 10:11:14 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Apple got a patent for a system to adjust your falling device in flight to minimize the damage on landing. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Teen Inventors Connect DVR to Your Zzzs
2014-12-30 10:09:02 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
British students made a wrist monitor that senses if you nod off and sends a signal to your DVR to record whatever you were watching. Future such devices could control additional household functions. Larry Greenemeier reports....
Bottling the Sun's Power on Earth
2014-10-24 16:53:55 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A breakthrough in fusion could solve the world's energy problems, but remains improbable. David Biello reports...
Coyote Size Forces Smartness
2014-10-24 16:47:50 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Topping out at about 20 kilograms, a coyote has to be able to hunt both smaller and bigger prey, and avoid being prey itself, a combination that selects for intelligence. Steve Mirsky reports...
Fecal Transplanters Fish Out Key Ingredient
2014-10-24 16:45:06 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The bacterium Clostridium scindens, a member of the gut’s microbiome, appears to ward off the hospital-acquired infection C. difficile. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Reindeer Spit Smacks Down Plant Toxins
2014-10-17 15:46:31 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Compounds in reindeer and moose saliva interfere with the production of toxins in plants that ordinarily stop animals from dining on the vegetation. Karen Hopkin reports...
Track Cosmic Rays With Smartphone App
2014-10-17 15:44:19 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Take part in a citizen-science project by helping researchers track high-energy cosmic rays via a network of smartphone users. Clara Moskowitz reports....
Lemur Latrine Trees Serve As Community Bulletin Boards
2014-10-17 15:34:13 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Primatologists spent almost 1,100 hours watching lemurs do their business on their designated tree and concluded that urine and glandular secretions serve as posted messages. Steve Mirsky reports....
Star-Forming Clouds May Spit Out Life’s Building Blocks
2014-10-15 09:31:26 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Astronomers have discovered one of the largest and most complex organic molecules yet in a gaseous star-forming region of interstellar space. Clara Moskowitz reports...
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