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 …

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 …