Scientific American


Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 170 years.

Readers from around the world turn to Scientific American for a deep understanding of how science and technology shape our future. Every month the magazine features cutting edge articles by scientists, inventors and engineers, many of who are Nobel Prize winners and top journalists. In addition to the likes of Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, Jonas Salk and Linus Pauling, Scientific American continues to attract esteemed authors from many fields.

With an expertise for pinpointing emerging trends, Scientific American covers important ideas early, and charts the path for students, researchers, individuals and policy makers that are searching for answers to today’s most challenging and complex questions and for information about areas outside their expertise. 

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Scientific American Mind


Published bi-monthly, Scientific American Mind focuses on the science of what makes humans, “human”. Expert authors cover a variety of topics, including articles on behavior and pain management, how genetics affects our everyday lives, whether multitasking saves time, and the latest findings on ADHD, depression and stress.

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