What Is This “Atmospheric River” That Is Flooding California?
What Is This “Atmospheric River” That Is Flooding California? [Illustration by Don Foley, for Scientific American]
The Mind-Boggling Math of Migratory Beekeeping
31 billion honeybees plus 810,000 acres of almond trees equals 700 billion almonds—and one looming agricultural crisis
Researchers Win Nobel for Cell Transport System
Transport Vesicles (colored spheres) abound in cells [Illustration by Tomo Narashima; From "Budding Vesicles in Living Cells" by James E. Rothman and Lelio Orci, Scientific American, March 1996]
Cultured Beef: Do We Really Need a $380,000 Burger Grown in Petri Dishes?
For the first time, the public has been treated to the spectacle of lab-grown meat cooked and eaten via live Webcast. Backed by Google billionaire Sergey Brin, Dutch tissue engineer Mark Post unveiled his “cultured beef” at a press event on August 5, answering the question posed by a 2011 Scientific American feature: “When Will [...]
Refloating the Wrecked Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Could Ruin Marine Sanctuary
Costa Concordia Salvage Plan: Flip the Ship and Float It Away [Illustration by Don Foley; for "Raising the Wreck" by Barbie Latza Nadeau; Scientific American, August 2013]
Different Research Papers Score Big with Scientists and the Public
Different Research Papers Score Big with Scientists and the Public [Graphic by Jan Willem Tulp, for Scientific American; SOURCE: Altmetric]
Astronomers Search for Signs of Life in the Skies of Distant Exoplanets
A Planetary Double Take [Illustration by Mark A. Garlick; SOURCE: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Stevenson University of Central Florida (secondary eclipse brightness data); for "The Dawn of Distant Skies" by Michael D. Lemonick, Scientific American, July 2013]
The Truth about China’s Patent Boom
Why China's surge in international patents marks the emergence of a new, international form of research and development
Volume 509 Issue 7499, 8 May 2014
In little more than a decade synthetic biology — building on the foundations of genetic engineering — has developed into a multifaceted field with exciting and sometimes controversial potential. Tools now being developed enable the redesign of existing, natural biological systems to perform specific tasks, and the design and construction of new biological systems with capabilities beyond those achieved in the natural world. Cover: Thomas Porostocky.
Altitude May Influence Language Sounds
The lower air pressure at high altitudes may be a factor in why ejective consonants are more popular in languages spoken higher up. Sophie Bushwick reports