Editors’ Picks: Our Favorite Opinions of 2022

A year of incredible science news was complemented with wide-ranging commentary at Scientific American. Our opinion section featured some of the best and brightest minds, taking us to the front lines of COVID, teaching us about the many fraught...

Software lets researchers create tiny rounded objects out of DNA

No bigger than a virus, each of these...

Penalties, corruption and legislation are failing to deter harmful gas

Legislation is failing to end gas flaring in Nigeria which is harming and environment and people's health, a new study warns. ...

Mistletoe’s Ridiculously Clingy Seeds Could Make a Biological Glue

Many people today associate mistletoe with holiday kisses. But for centuries the plant was known more for its remarkable stickiness; ancient Greeks and Romans used gooey mistletoe berries for applications ranging from bird traps to skin ulcer ointment. Now...

The best science fiction books of 2022: Uncertainty, dystopia and

Uncertainty and crisis are key to this year's best sci-fi offerings, from Janelle Monáe's The Memory Librarian to Ray Nayler's The Mountain in the Sea ...

Dangerous strep infection surging in the UK may be spreading

As U.K. health officials grapple with an ongoing surge of "invasive" strep infections in children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating whether U.S. children are experiencing a similar uptick in infections. According to the agency's website...

American black bears are evolving to have cinnamon-colored coats, study

Some American black bears in the western United States have evolved to have cinnamon-colored fur. The new hue is likely due to a genetic variant similar to one that causes albinism in humans, a new study finds.Researchers from the...

Grapefruit-size fireball from mysterious Oort Cloud could rewrite the history

A dazzling fireball that ended its cosmic journey over central Alberta, Canada could change astronomers' understanding of how the solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago.Caught on camera on Feb. 22, 2021, the grapefruit-size rocky meteoroid is thought to...

‘Epic’ winter storm wallops US, leaving 1 mn without power

The weather outside is frightful: temperatures are plunging...

Masks Are a Proven Way to Defend Yourself from Respiratory

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. The cold and flu season of 2022 has begun with a vengeance. Viruses that have been unusually scarce over...

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