Applied SciencesApplied sciences such as engineering and mathematics use scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
Directors take note: scientist and author David Kirby commends the accuracy in these popular films
September 21, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Creative minds are increasingly turning to nature—banyan tree leaves, butterfly wings, a bird's beak— for fresh design solutions
September 2012 | By Tom Vanderbilt
Three lone inventors took the gadget that had changed little since it was invented more than 80 years ago and transformed it into a gnarly, big air machine
September 2012 | By Ariel Sabar
Science shows that Pistorius uses less energy than his competitors, raising questions about whether or not he should allowed to compete in London
July 23, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
From the dead-ball era to the steroids era, the balance between pitchers and hitters has always been in flux
April 05, 2012 | By Craig Robinson
America's longtime counterterrorism czar warns that the cyberwars have already begun—and that we might be losing
April 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
Created by amateur hackers, underground crime syndicates and government agencies, these powerful viruses have done serious damage to computer networks worldwide
March 20, 2012 | By Sharon Weinberger
Sixty years ago, with nothing but numbers, logic and some basic know-how, the inventor of the Turing Test explained how to make a stripe
February 21, 2012 | By Virginia Hughes
Browse through the winning images that turn scientific exploration into art
February 15, 2012 | By Laura Helmuth and Sarah Zielinski
Studies show that coaches often make poor choices in crucial situations. But one coach may have a secret advantage
February 03, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Students in England concluded that the Star Wars space station could easily have destroyed an Earth-like planet
January 11, 2012 | By Sarah Zielinski
Albert Einstein called Emmy Noether a "creative mathematical genius"
October 07, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Today is March 14, or 3.14, the day we celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π). Pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, is an irrational number, meaning that it can't be expressed as a simple fraction of two integers. It is also a transcendental number, which means it is not a...
March 14, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Last week, a neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston won $1 million from Prize4Life for his discovery of a reliable way to monitor progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Prize4Life, which also has an ongoing competition for deve...
February 07, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
You're familiar with partition numbers, even if you don't recognize the term; even kindergartners know them. The partition of a number is all the ways that you can use integers to add up to that number. Start with 2. There is only one way to get there: 1 + 1. The number 3 has 2 partitions: 2 + 1 an...
January 24, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
One of the things I love about visiting the U.K. is British television. Specifically what my friend calls "quiz shows." That's not quite the right name for them, though, because they usually consist of a panel (or two) of comedians discussing anything from current events to music to natural history...
October 25, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
A roundup of how scientists explain America's most popular sport
September 09, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Today, if you go to buy a new car, you'll find a sticker like the one on the right giving you a bunch of data on fuel economy: the miles per gallon you'll get on the highway and in the city and the estimated annual fuel cost (based on 15,000 miles driven over a year and gas costing $2.80 per gallon...
September 01, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Though I was a very good at math in school, I usually found the subject incredibly boring, so much so that I often slept through class (teachers didn't mind as long as I aced the exams). The one exception was a college math course for biologists that gave us real-world problems like figuring out th...
August 31, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
An entrepreneur hits the road with a new approach for an all-electric car that overcomes its biggest shortcoming
August 2010 | By Joshua Hammer