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Latest news and features on science issues that matter including earth, environment, and space. Get your science news from the most trusted source! Monthly magazine of science. Website includes articles from past issues.



Analysis of a Million-Plus Genomes Points to Blurring Lines among Brain Disorders  

Schizophrenia shares some genetic variants with several psychiatric conditions—and similar overlaps are seen for personality traits and migraines in a massive study -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-22 12:49:26



Einstein's Greatest Theory Validated on a Galactic Scale  

Astronomers have used a pair of galaxies far beyond the Milky Way to test general relativity with unprecedented precision -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-22 11:58:30



Why Our Brains See the World as "Us" Versus "Them"  

Is there something in our neural circuits that leads us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who may differ? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-22 11:42:58



How to Fix Recommendation Bias and Evaluation Inflation  

It’s rampant in academia, but the U.S. Marine Corps can help -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-22 08:23:13



Alaskan Beluga Whales Ace Hearing Exam  

Researchers tested the hearing of beluga whales in an Alaskan bay, and found that they seem to have suffered little hearing loss due to ocean noise. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-22 01:28:09



Scientists Pinpoint Brain Region That May Be Center of Alcohol Addiction  

Researchers map out a cellular mechanism that offers a biological explanation for alcoholism, and could lead to treatments -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 20:42:43



Biases Make People Vulnerable to Misinformation Spread by Social Media  

Researchers have developed tools to study the cognitive, societal and algorithmic biases that help fake news spread -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 10:19:18



The Healthy Addiction? Coffee Study Finds More Health Benefits  

New research in mice details the mechanism of how caffeine seems to help the heart -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 10:11:31



Adapting to Climate Change Will Take More Than Just Seawalls and Levees  

Our government’s unconscionable policies are a scary precedent -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 09:48:01



What's in the House Bills to Address the Opioid Crisis--and What's Not  

Lawmakers are considering 57 separate pieces of legislation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 09:04:16



Introducing the National Science Policy Network  

A new wave of scientists and engineers are recognizing the importance of their seat at the policy table -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 09:01:10



How Facebook Programmed Our Relatives  

A simple experiment reveals how social media has come to encode a range of social behaviors -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 08:53:47



NASA Offers New Plan to Detect and Destroy Dangerous Asteroids  

The federal government's five-point strategy is a roadmap for dealing with threatening near-Earth objects -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 07:52:23



Harder Evidence Builds That Viruses Play a Role in Alzheimer's  

A study seeking new drug targets for the disease unexpectedly implicates two types of herpes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 06:45:23



Here's Why Expanding Protected Areas Isn't Saving Nature  

A new study proposes tools to gauge when an ecosystem is “intact”—and what might happen if that changes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 04:49:24



CO2 Can Directly Impact Extreme Weather, Research Suggests  

Some experts are calling for a cap on CO2 emissions in addition to warming limits -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 03:09:11



Massive Dust Storm Engulfs Mars  

The sunlight-sapping global storm has taken NASA’s Opportunity rover offline, perhaps forever -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-21 01:31:35



Dogs Have a Lot More Neurons Than Cats  

Dogs beat their domesticated rivals, cats, in a new attempt to measure cognitive power -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 13:51:24



Adapting to Climate Change Will Take More than Just Sea Walls and Levees  

Our government’s unconscionable policies are a scary precedent -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 11:59:34



Facebook Redirects Users Searching for Opioids to Federal Crisis Help Line  

Tech giants are grappling with questions about illicit sales on their platforms -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 11:24:32



Colorectal Cancer Is on the Rise in Young Adults  

They're reluctant to have invasive colonoscopies, but a simple blood test could improve compliance  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 10:54:29



Babysitting Mammals Keep It in the Family  

Blood relations may be the key factor for mole rats, meerkats and others. But how do humans fit in? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 09:57:43



Why We Procrastinate and 5 Ways to Stop  

We all procrastinate, even at times we know better -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 06:57:31



Electric Car Advocates Want to Expand Access to Low-Income Communities  

Those most impacted by air pollution should be able to more easily use cleaner vehicles, environmentalists argue -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 06:40:59



Fat-Carb Combo Is A Potent One-Two Punch  

Foods high in both carbs and fats tickle the brain’s reward circuits more so than snacks that showcase just one or the other. Karen Hopkin reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 05:52:30



Separating Families May Cause Lifelong Health Damage  

A noted pediatrician and advocate for immigrant children says the effects will last well beyond the separation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-20 01:11:52



Trump Orders "Space Force," Signs Space-Traffic Policy  

The President’s proposal could create a new branch of the armed services meant to assure “American dominance” in space -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 11:55:04



How Identity, Not Issues, Explains the Partisan Divide  

New research has disturbing implications -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 11:44:12



Barriers between Realities: Irrational Thinking and the Quantum-Classical Divide  

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2018-06-19 10:25:48



To Prevent Alzheimer's, We Must Study Differences between the Sexes  

The disease can present, progress, and respond to treatments differently in men and women -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 10:13:48



World Has Only 20 Years to Meet Ambitious 1.5C Warming Threshold  

But a new calculation suggests that timeframe provides more room than thought to rein in carbon emissions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 08:31:01



Gravitational "Echoes" Could Reveal Colliding Wormholes  

A unique signature in gravitational wave observations could show that hypothetical tunnels through space-time actually exist -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 06:59:46



Jaguars Thrive in Lightly Logged Forests  

Responsibly harvested areas may serve as habitat corridors for the big cats -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 06:35:42



7 Questions to Watch in the Theranos Saga  

Since criminal charges were filed, these may be the most pressing issues -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 06:29:36



How Does the Quantum World Cross Over?  

The universe according to quantum mechanics is strange and probabilistic, but our everyday reality seems nailed down. New experiments aim to probe where—and why—one realm passes into the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 06:09:26



New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate  

The controversy over how many genes are contained in the human genome continues to simmer  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-19 05:13:01



AI, Robotics and Your Health  

At the second Science Meets Congress event, AI, Robotics and Your Health, experts from academia and the private sector talked with Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina about the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 14:16:26



Volcanic "Pele's Hair" Could Contaminate Drinking Water in Hawaii  

The glassy shards from Kilauea’s eruption may be dangerous to humans and animals if consumed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 12:07:58



Controversial Alcohol Study Cancelled by U.S. Health Agency  

An investigation by the U.S. National Institutes of Health finds missteps that put the industry-funded project’s credibility in doubt -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 08:32:33



Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?  

A new paper argues that the condition now known as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” might help us understand the fundamental nature of reality -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 07:38:38



Sea Level Rise Will Threaten Thousands of California Homes  

Chronic flooding will impact areas around San Francisco and Los Angeles by 2035 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 06:15:58



Sally Ride's Legacy Lives On  

35 years after making history as the first American woman in space, the late astronaut’s story is still inspiring young women to embrace science and engineering -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 05:47:57



Weeds Are Winning in the War against Herbicide Resistance  

Herbicides are under evolutionary threat. Can modern agriculture find a new way to fight back? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 04:32:47



Asteroid Battle: Tech Entrepreneur Doubles Down on Critique of NASA Mission  

Nathan Myhrvold argues that the scientific approach of the landmark NEOWISE space-rock mission is deeply flawed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 04:09:15



Weird Low-Light Bacteria Could Potentially Thrive on Mars  

The photosynthetic organisms subsist on redder, lower-energy light than other species, and could be a new source of fuel and air for interplanetary outposts -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 03:24:25



Too Small for Big Muscles, Tiny Animals Use Springs  

Elastic springs help tiny animals stay fast and strong. New work is finding what size critters must be to benefit from the springs -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-18 02:47:31



The Erosion of Reality  

The most immediate AI threat may be the distortion of truth; something we, and other species, have been doing for a long time -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-17 13:59:06



Jupiter Crackles With Polar Lightning  

Juno spacecraft data suggest lightning on Jupiter is much more common than we thought—but it congregates near the poles, not the equator as on Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-17 07:56:44



Dengue Vaccine Makers Struggle to Find a Diagnostic That Will Make its Product Safe to Use  

Right now, each child would need to be tested prior to receiving the shot  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-17 06:56:30



Terrible Teeth Reveal How Dinosaurs Chomped  

Big or small, the teeth or carnivorous dinosaurs were adapted to a particular method of shredding flesh -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-17 06:01:41



Remote Mentorship from K–12 to Tenure  

With increasingly creative approaches, mentors can open doors to experiences, challenges and even labs that might otherwise be a world away -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-16 17:57:28



Bloomsday Tribute to James Joyce, Greatest Mind-Scientist Ever  

Ulysses doesn’t solve the hard problem, but it conveys with unsurpassed vividness what it feels like to be human. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-16 13:40:32



What's It Take to Get to Pluto?  

Astrobiologist David Grinspoon describes some of the stories that make up his new book on NASA’s epic first mission to Pluto -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-16 13:36:04



Why Don't Bees Celebrate Father's Day?  

Drone bees don’t have fathers, but they still have family. Chromosomes are the key to understanding the buzz around a bee’s parents. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-16 13:12:07



Numerous Health Problems Burden Young Adults with Autism  

Young people with autism have more psychiatric and medical conditions than do their typical peers or those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-16 11:34:20



Tiny Orchid Seeds Possess Understated Beauty and, Occasionally, Tools  

Enterprising seeds secure preferred real estate by deploying coiled threads -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-16 09:46:51



World Cup Ban on Radioactive Chemicals Frustrates Russian Biochemistry Labs  

Security measures implemented in advance of the event have affected some scientists -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-16 07:18:57



Coral Reefs Keep Costly Waves at Bay  

A new analysis found the flood protection benefits of coral reefs save the global economy $4 billion dollars a year. Christopher Intagliata reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 20:36:11



Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens' Brains  

Researchers say they have linked such exposures with downstream effects -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 13:47:01



The Standard Model (of Physics) at 50  

It has successfully predicted many particles, including the Higgs Boson, and has led to 55 Nobels so far, but there’s plenty it still can’t account for -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 13:16:28



Friends of Friends Can Reveal Hidden Information about a Person  

Stanford scientist Johan Ugander explains his research on dissimilarities in social networks -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 12:01:27



Dear Dad  

A message of gratitude for Father's Day -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 10:32:31



Cities Look to "Virtual Power" to Reach Climate Goals  

The approach to buying renewable energy to offset electricity use was pioneered by major corporations -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 09:23:02



New European Rules May Give US Internet Users True Privacy Choices for the First Time  

The GDPR may offer a way forward that allows consumers to reclaim control of their information -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 07:33:15



That Vision Thing: New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen  

Scientists have developed machine-learning that can teach itself to visualize a three-dimensional scene from unobserved angles -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 07:13:30



Microsoft's Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy  

They fear the online platform will become less open, but other researchers say the buyout could make GitHub more useful -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-15 05:51:42



The Introspection Illusion  

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2018-06-14 12:48:19



Hippo Dung Fouls Up Freshwater Fisheries  

Hippo poop is piling up in Tanzania’s freshwater fisheries—which is bad news for biodiversity, and deleterious for the dinnerplate. Jason G. Goldman reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 11:40:53



"Ghost" Cytometry May Improve Cancer Detection, Enable New Experiments  

This new cell-sorting method could offer more options in the lab and clinic -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 11:36:26



First SpaceX Hyperloop Transit Pod Contender Unveiled [Video]  

Competitors are racing to answer Elon Musk’s call to create a capsule that can carry commuters at the speed of sound. M.I.T. unveiled its entry on Friday -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 10:29:10



Antarctic Melt Rate Has Tripled in the Last 25 Years  

With ice loss speeding up, previous sea level rise projections may be too low -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 09:19:34



Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal  

The shift could change which prey animals hunt or make it harder to find food -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 08:35:47



Friends of Friends Can Reveal Hidden Information about a Person  

Stanford scientist Johan Ugander explains his research on dissimilarities in social networks -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 07:09:08



Puerto Rico's Water System Stutters Back to Normal  

Service is supposedly restored to most customers, but some say water is now unclean -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 07:03:20



Giant Black Hole Swallows a Star and Belches Out a Superfast Particle Jet  

A decade-long international effort to track a star’s death by black hole could lift the veil on galaxy formation in the early universe -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 05:42:51



The Science of Elections  

If we want to protect the integrity of scientific inquiry, we must protect democracy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 04:32:49



Could Artificial Intelligence Take the Art out of Medicine?  

As health care becomes more complex, technological and data-driven, there’s a risk physicians will lose some of their autonomy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-14 02:44:18



Can Facebook Use AI to Fight Online Abuse?  

The task of detecting abusive posts and comments on social media is not entirely technological -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 20:38:22



New Probiotic Cholera Vaccine Can Outrace the Infection's Rapid Spread  

Rapid-response therapies use the lethal bug’s own speed to crowd it out of the gut -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 19:23:12



As Massive Storm Rages on Mars, Opportunity Rover Falls Silent  

Dust clouds blotting out the sun could be the end of the solar-powered probe -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 10:55:23



Alien Anthropocene: How Would Other Worlds Battle Climate Change?  

The problem would likely plague every technological civilization throughout the universe, says astrophysicist Adam Frank -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 10:07:20



My Father, the Chemist, Teaches Anatomy  

Most scientists would see a dead deer on the roadside and drive on, not bring it home to butcher for dinner -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 09:33:46



Targeting Inflammation May Protect and Restore the Brain after Stroke  

New therapeutic approaches directed at the post-stroke immune response show promise in mice -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 05:43:34



The Easiest Way to Get Fit? "Incidental Movement" is Key  

Selling my car was one of the most beneficial things I have ever done for my health and well-being -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 03:37:31



The Battle behind the Periodic Table's Latest Additions  

Four new elements were added in 2015, but some researchers say the announcement was premature -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 02:32:15



A Litmus Test for Bad Breath  

Researchers engineered a portable device that detects even the tiniest trace of hydrogen sulfide—one of the primary offenders in bad breath. Karen Hopkin reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 02:04:02



Can Opioid Legislation Make a Dent in the National Epidemic?  

Dozens of bills have been considered by the House -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-13 01:44:36



Sexual Harassment Remains Common in the Sciences  

A massive report paints a stark picture of a pervasive problem -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 13:20:51



Could Science Diplomacy Be the Key to Stabilizing International Relations?  

As a common and apolitical language, science brings allies and adversaries together with technology and innovation to address cross-border challenges -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 12:40:42



CRISPR-Edited Cells Linked to Cancer Risk in 2 Studies  

The preliminary findings raise questions about one of the ways this tech edits genomes  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 12:31:58



Life among the Monkeys  

Working at a remote research camp in Ethiopia, you realize that humans are just one small cog, among a million others, in the great wheel of life -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 12:03:33



Rising Temperatures Could Cut Corn Production  

Unrestrained warming could reduce yields of the staple crop, as well as many vegetables and legumes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 10:52:07



Hawaii Volcano Terms Explained [Slide Show]  

From a'a to vog, a guide to the terminology used to describe the ongoing eruption of Kilauea -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 09:41:26



How Fathers Can Change What It Means to Be a Man  

There are strong negative stereotypes about males—but how we see dads could change that -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 07:47:27



Microbes Living in Antarctic Huts Produce Novel Chemical Compounds  

Scientists are now testing whether the fungi have any pharmaceutical potential  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 07:41:54



CRISPR-Edited Cells Linked to Cancer Risk in Two Studies  

The preliminary findings raise questions about one of the ways this tech edits genomes  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 06:48:38



Harassers Aren't Brilliant Jerks, They're Bad Scientists--and They Cost All of Us  

Tolerating bad behavior means wasted tax dollars, disrupted scientific advancements and weakened innovation. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-12 04:44:56



Could Connected Cars Pose a New Threat to Smart Cities?  

Next-generation transportation systems are relatively easy to trick -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-11 13:40:24



A Theory with No Strings Attached: Can Beautiful Physics Be Wrong? [Excerpt]  

A physicist decries the trend of chasing after aesthetically pleasing theories that lack empirical evidence -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-11 13:37:11



Society Needs to Flip Its Disaster Spending, Insurance Report Says  

Communities would get more value by spending before a disaster, instead of after -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-06-11 10:32:22





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