Melanie Hart

Melanie writes about technology, health, and what's going on in the world today. She's a strong believer that modern approaches to solving problems will change the world but that people often must first let go of past conventions. When she's not writing, you can find her drawing, reading, or sipping a Latte at her neighborhood cafe.

Mesmerizing Fractals

Introduction Do you ever wonder what mathematicians study—and why? Most of what they do is complex and difficult to understand, but fractal art might give us a glimpse. Mathematicians study fractals, which are naturally occurring figures used in many branches of science …

Teen Wins Big for a Homemade Polymer

Nirghin set about brainstorming on how to ensure that crops have access to water—even during the most severe stretches of dry weather. Her simple solution earned her the grand prize at the Google Science Fair in September. (Scientific American co-sponsors the awards.)For …