Aug 25, 2016
The term lacks a coherent meaning and leads to unnecessary polarization, mistrust, disrespectfulness, and confusion around science issues.
Read MoreAug 12, 2016
As more trained scientists leave traditional career paths, the distinction between scientist and nonscientist blurs.
Read MoreApr 13, 2016
In the microgravity environment of outer space, flames burn very differently than they do on Earth. Understanding those differences not only helps researchers grasp the properties of combustion and burning, but is also crucial for outer-space missions.
Read MoreMar 22, 2016
At a regional meeting in the southeastern United States, bug experts revealed new research in taxonomy, invasion biology, disease ecology, and microbiomics.
Read MoreDec 31, 2015
Who knows what you may discover from the comfort of your armchair?
Read MoreNov 9, 2015
Updated research shows how long, thin strands of ice, called hair ice, forms from decomposing wood.
Read MoreNov 5, 2015
[VIDEO] In this Google Hangout, associate editor Katie L. Burke discusses with sociologist Sandra Hanson what the barriers to diversity in science are, what solutions she has seen work to promote diversity, and what barriers remain to be addressed.
Read MoreOct 30, 2015
Ten costume ideas that look smart and start conversations about our favorite subject: science.
Read MoreOct 29, 2015
The World Lemur Festival starts today, and is a great occasion to celebrate these charismatic primates—and their poop.
Read MoreOct 10, 2015
[VIDEO] Determining whether your food is safe to eat could soon be as simple as activating an app and
pointing your mobile phone at the meal on your plate. In the latest in our series of Google Hangouts with Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers, Omowunmi Sadik discusses biosensors—what they are, how they work, and how they can help us determine whether our food contains unsafe levels of pathogens. Along the way, Dr. Sadik also talks about electrochemical "fingerprints," nanotechnology ethics, regulatory processes, and the patenting process, as well as her early years of studying science in Lagos, Nigeria.
Read MoreAug 18, 2015
A new space suit design uses advanced materials to combat muscle and bone loss for astronauts in outer space.
Read MoreAug 16, 2015
Researchers in the regenerative medicine field are now amplifying their efforts with 3D-printing technology, which can now use organic materials to create scaffolds that cells need to grow into their final forms.
Read MoreAug 6, 2015
Finding a dead body within a suspected area is challenging, and new tools can help forensics teams cast a wider net.
Read MoreJul 31, 2015
Learning the principles of journalistic nonfiction often requires scientist authors to step away from an academic writing style that has come to feel intuitive. Nevertheless, using these principles can make the scientist’s work more relatable, memorable, and trusted.
Read MoreJul 20, 2015
When the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon, we knew what it meant for science. We also knew what it meant for Cold War–era politics. But what did it mean for the arts? Would poets ever look at the Moon in the same way again?
Read MoreJul 16, 2015
On the 70th anniversary of the first successful nuclear weapon test, we've collected a selection of articles and book reviews from American Scientist that cover this controversial topic from multiple angles.
Read MoreJul 14, 2015
Inventor Dean Kamen is resolved to engineer clean water for the entire world, and he might just do it. Included is a clip from the documentary SlingShot about Kamen's latest invention.
Read MoreJul 7, 2015
The variety of math-focused jobs in business, industry, and government is increasing, a trend recently highlighted in the popular press. The new challenge is to connect students trained in the mathematical sciences to these jobs.
Read MoreJul 1, 2015
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society moved from Connecticut to North Carolina in 1990 to be in the heart of the Research Triangle. We’re celebrating our 25-year anniversary of calling North Carolina home! Since then, we’ve experienced the state’s vibrant scientific research and diverse landscapes, from the mountains to the sea.
Read MoreJun 27, 2015
In honor of the first week of summer, we’re revisiting the book Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Salvatore Basile, with a collection of images as well as some additional discussion of the book. We like to think of it as the summertime-release, extended dance version of our original review.