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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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Cassini’s Grand Finale

The Cassini spacecraft has spent the last two decades exploring Saturn and its unique moons, making discoveries that will advance space exploration for years to come. Scientific American editors Lee…

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Readers Respond to the May 2017 Issue

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

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Skeleton Plundered from Mexican Cave Was One of the Americas’ oldest

Rock-encased bone shard left behind by thieves allowed researchers to determine that the remains are probably more than 13,000 years old

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Eclipse Across America: An Interactive Multimedia Experience

Watch as Scientific American readers and reporters all over the country show off their eclipse viewing adventures

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The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017

Millions of people will view this spectacular event in person. Will you be one of them?

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Gene Therapy Is Now Available, but Who Will Pay for It?

European regulators have approved two such treatments

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Norovirus Strikes Athletes at World Athletics Championships in the U.K.

Competitors from several countries staying at a London hotel became ill this week

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Readers Respond to the April 2017 Issue

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

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The race to reveal antimatter’s secrets

The six experiments at CERN’s Antiproton Decelerator employ a variety of techniques to study antimatter

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Can Education Be Rescued?

Students across the U.S. are in jeopardy, but smart policies can help schools

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What Goes On in Our Brains When We Are in Love?

Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, assistant professor of experimental psychology, and Ariana Tart-Zelvin, clinical doctoral candidate, both at Idaho State University, respond

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Readers Respond to the February and March 2017 Issues

Letters to the editor from the February and March 2017 issues of Scientific American

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Robotic Knee Surgery Competition Heats Up

Proponents say the systems’ precise techniques may help speed patient recovery

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The Higgs Boson: Searching for the God Particle

Updated 2017 Edition! For the fifth anniversary of one of the biggest discoveries in physics, we’ve updated this eBook to include our continuing analysis of the discovery, of the questions it…

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Martin Shkreli, Who Raised Drug Prices 5,000 Percent, Heads into Fraud Trial

Accusers say he lied to investors

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017

Which 10 disruptive solutions are now poised to change the world?

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10 Emerging Technologies to Watch

Innovations that are on the verge of making a difference to society

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Internet Sees Mysterious Gathering (Council?) of Gandalf-Themed Creatures

Wizard hats are all the rage, apparently

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High Hopes Ride on Marijuana Amid Opioid Crisis

Medical weed is a popular way to manage chronic pain

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bears to Lose Endangered Species Protection

The decision to drop federal protection is based on findings that the bears’ numbers have rebounded in recent decades

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Teen Pregnancies Down as More Adolescents Use Contraception

Most American teens have still had sex by age 18 according to the CDC analysis

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Ask the Brains, Part 1: Experts Reveal 55 Mysteries of the Mind

People behave in strange ways. We sometimes giggle when someone falls down, swear we’ve been to places we haven’t or continue believing in something despite scientific evidence to the contrary. For…

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How a Math Formula Could Decide the Fate of Endangered U.S. Species

Feds consider “conservation triage” that would let some animals go extinct to save funds for protecting others

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Readers Respond to the February 2017 Issue

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

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