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Roots of Unity Turns 5

Happy birthday, dear blog!

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Readers Respond to the September 2017 Issue

Letters to the editor from the September 2017 issue of Scientific American

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Unlocking Happiness

Abraham Lincoln said that people “are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be," but it may be more accurate to say "as they train their minds to be." Stress…

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Looking Back at the Year in Science

Our editors recap some of the most notable science stories of 2017. Check out https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-top-10-science-stories-of-2017/

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In Silico Flurries

Computing a world of snowflakes

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The Future of Money

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EDUCATIONAL ATTIRE:

This one may be in a class of its own. Curiscope’s Virtuali-Tee is a T-shirt with what looks to be a pixelated image of a human rib cage. The T-shirt comes to life when viewed through an iOS or…

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COOKING WITH SCIENCE:

PolyScience Culinary’s Smoking Gun Pro is a pistol-like device that uses a flame and a small fan to produce a steady stream of “cold” smoke infused with the fragrance of wood chips,…

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DUAL-SCREEN SMARTPHONE:

The idea of a smartphone with two screens isn’t new. Kyocera introduced one called the Echo in 2011, but it couldn’t quite find a market and eventually faded away. ZTE’s Axom M…

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PERSONAL MESH NETWORKING:

This year several epic natural disasters—including hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey—cut off communications in places such as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and parts of Houston and…

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CODING KITS FOR KIDS:

Abilix’s Robotics U kit (released in October) introduces kids ages eight and older to basic mechanical and coding skills by having them build and program a self-driving vehicle from more than…

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CELL PHONE SIGNAL BOOSTER:

Cell phone signals can be infuriatingly weak at the most inconvenient times, prompting callers to stall the person on the other end of the line by repeating the familiar, “Can you hear me…

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LANTERN/SPEAKER/BOTTLE:

If you had been hoping someone would invent a versatile device that could be used alternately (or simultaneously) as a lantern, Bluetooth speaker and water bottle, then 2017 was your year. A few…

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HOME SMART CAMERA:

The home smart-camera category is another crowded space, with recent offerings from Lighthouse—a start-up backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s Playground Global incubator—as…

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PORTABLE EXERCISE:

Activbody’s Activ5 portable strength-training device offers 100 isometric exercises, each of which can be measured, tracked and analyzed by the mobile coaching app it connects to. The device…

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Flying Chariots and Exotic Birds: How 17th-Century Dreamers Planned to Reach the Moon

People have been dreaming about space travel for hundreds of years, long before the arrival of the spectacular technologies behind space exploration today

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Readers Respond to the August 2017 Issue

Letters to the editor from the August 2017 issue of Scientific American

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The Mad Science of Creativity

On October 17, Scientific American hosted a special event on creativity at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York, in collaboration with Springer Nature and The Story Collider. Watch scientists and…

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Millions, Billions, Trillions: How to Make Sense of Numbers in the News

Anyone who can understand tens, hundreds and thousands can develop habits and skills to accurately navigate millions, billions and trillions. Stay with me, especially if you’re math-averse

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Amazing Animals

Species from giraffes to elephants to dolphins exhibit mourning behavior over the loss of loved ones. The humble chicken displays Machiavellian-level communication skills for personal gain. A certain…

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017

Disruptive solutions that are poised to change the world

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Bill Gates Invests $100 Million of Personal Money to Fight Alzheimer’s

The billionaire philanthropist’s contribution will be followed by another $50 million in start-up ventures

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More Guns Mean More Violent Crime–or Less? A Researcher Aims at Scientific American

The social scientist behind a pro-gun study objects to the story “Journey to Gunland,” but the reporter says his claims are false

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Readers Respond to the July 2017 Issue

Letters to the editor from the July 2017 issue of Scientific American

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The Real Zombies of Nature

The zombie has had a bit of a renaissance over the last decade. Hollywood churns out films like World War Z and TV shows like The Walking Dead, communities throughout the country hold zombie runs and…

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Why We Choke under Pressure–Plus, How to Stop

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals why we choke, and how to come through in the clutch

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Why a Physicist Is Running for City Council

It used to be that scientists were frowned on if they ran for public office, but the rampantly antiscience attitudes of many politicians are changing all that 

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Nobel Prize Explainer: Circadian Rhythm’s Oscillatory Control Mechanism

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms.

 

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Readers Respond to the June 2017 Issue

Letters to the editor from the June 2017 issue of Scientific American

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The Monster Hurricanes of 2017

The science behind the powerful storms that have thrashed the Caribbean and U.S. coasts

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