Your Brain as Laboratory: The Science of Meditation (2017)

The idea that meditation is actually a form of research is gaining respect | Continue reading


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Happier Babies Have an Edge

They're more likely to have higher childhood IQs and to graduate college | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 17 hours ago

We're Sorry, Vera Rubin

The rarity of science Nobels for women is an ongoing scandal | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 20 hours ago

Is Moral Relativism Really a Problem?

Psychological research suggests it is not | Continue reading


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Introducing the November 2019 Issue

Time crystals, trickle-up economics, songbird diversity, and more | Continue reading


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Are Antibiotics Damaging Your Family's Health?

The CDC calls their misuse “one of the most serious public health problems in the United States” | Continue reading


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Our Food Systems Are in Crisis

It’s not just from climate change | Continue reading


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Living with Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Thailand’s is trying to communicate the risk through museum exhibitions | Continue reading


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The Darkest Side of Fossil Fuel Extraction

It leads to violence against and trafficking of Native women | Continue reading


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National Governments Can't Solve Climate Change Alone

Cities, regions and businesses are also crucial players | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 3 days ago

How Can We Reverse the Decline in Breast Cancer Screening?

Making it more convenient and less painful would be a great start | Continue reading


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Five Myths about Energy Poverty

Thinking too small is unintentionally condemning millions to a lack of prosperity | Continue reading


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Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Solve the Biodiversity Crisis

People who live off the land depend on keeping ecosystems intact, and scientists are tapping into their unique expertise | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 4 days ago

A Well-Deserved Physics Nobel

Jim Peebles’ award honors modern cosmological theory at last | Continue reading


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The Executive Branch Must Stop Suppressing Science

Just about everything we do in society depends in part on research by the federal government. Congress can and must protect scientific integrity with legislation | Continue reading


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Viruses: They're alive, and they can infect each other (2008)

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How Mere Humans Manage to Comprehend the Vastness of the Universe

Peering into the unknown requires us to recognize our own mental blind spots | Continue reading


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I'm Convinced We Found Evidence of Life on Mars in the 1970s

The Labeled Release experiment on the Viking mission reported positive results, although most have dismissed them as inorganic chemical reactions | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 6 days ago

It's Time for a World without Gender

Let’s treat people based on who they are rather than on the form of their genitals | Continue reading


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String Theory Does Not Win a Nobel, and I Win a Long Bet

Science writer John Horgan wins a 2002 bet with physicist Michio Kaku that by 2020 no unified theory of physics will win a Nobel Prize | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 7 days ago

Why Machine Learning Is Critical for Disaster Response

It can help decision makers answer questions like "when?" and "how bad?" and "how many people are in harm's way?" | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 7 days ago

A Note to the Nobel Prize Selection Committee

Howard Temin was an ideal role model for scientists; the Prizes can encourage them to follow his example | Continue reading


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Mother Earth Doesn't Like to Be Naked

Harvesting almonds is easier on bare dirt—but the soil itself is happier when clothed | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 7 days ago

Science Is Not About Getting More "Likes"

Extraordinary groupthink leads to extraordinary ignorance | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 8 days ago

String Theory Does Not Win Nobel, and I Win Bet

Science writer John Horgan wins 2002 bet with physicist Michio Kaku that by 2020 no unified theory of physics will win a Nobel Prize. | Continue reading


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Nature's Headbangers

How the surprisingly intricate drumming of woodpeckers evolved | Continue reading


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The Complexity of Napoleon Chagnon, Anthropology's Lightning Rod

Unpublished excerpts from a 2000 interview capture one of the most controversial figures in modern science | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 9 days ago

A Green Army Is Ready to Keep Plastic Waste Out of the Ocean

Unfortunately, the world is ignoring it | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 9 days ago

A Molecular Universe

Forget galaxies, stars, and planets, the cosmos is really a complex chemical system | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 10 days ago

I Heard It Before, So It Must Be True

Repeated exposure to implausible statements makes them feel less so | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 10 days ago

On Philosophy, Death and the Sea

A young philosopher finds philosophy consoling because it is impossible. | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 11 days ago

Uninhabitable Planets

Calling a distant world Earth-like is bad practice; calling it habitable is not much better | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 11 days ago

"Biggest Shark of All Time" Gets Downsized

Real megalodons weren’t nearly as enormous as their silver-screen counterparts | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 11 days ago

While Searching for the Perfect Vaccine, Keep Using the Very Good

The anti-vaccine movement fails to live up to its own rhetoric | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 12 days ago

It's Time for a World without Gender

Let’s treat people based on who they are rather than on the form of their genitals | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 13 days ago

Hurricane Dorian Was Worthy of a Category 6 Rating

The category 1 to 5 Saffir-Simpson scale for rating hurricanes is inadequate | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 13 days ago

Ride Sharing Can Be Crucial to Better Health Outcomes

Your Zip code no longer needs to determine the quality of care you receive | Continue reading


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I Competed against an AI

Here’s how I lost—and also won | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 14 days ago

Five Interventions for Treating Multidrug-Resistant TB

The FDA has approved a drug combination that could be a could be a game changer. We should make sure its use is equitable and sustainable | Continue reading


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The Path to a Profitable and Protected Amazon

Thousands of products can be sustainably harvested from the forest, and indigenous peoples are crucial in helping us find them | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 15 days ago

A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The SNCF Metric

All train lines lead to Paris | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 15 days ago

Creativity and AI: The Next Step

Combining two types of machine intelligence could open new frontiers of art | Continue reading


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How to Get a Species Named after You

Being a celebrity or a friend of a zoologist helps. And if all else fails, cash is an option | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 16 days ago

No, Fish Oil Supplements Do NotRepresent False Promise

A recent Scientific American essay left out some crucial information | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 16 days ago

The Future of Silk

This strong, all-natural material was used to make the first bulletproof vest more than a century ago—but scientists have barely begun to tap its potential | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 16 days ago

My Regrets about Controversial Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon (RIP)

Chagnon’s views of the “fierce” Yanomamo and of the roots of war were more subtle than his critics or admirers suggested.  | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 17 days ago

New Pterosaur Was Fossilized with a Ridiculous Grin

A skull found in China reveals a previously unknown flying reptile | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 18 days ago

Forget Area 51

There are way more important planetary concerns to direct your attention to | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 18 days ago