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Readers Respond to the March 2018 Issue

Letters to the editor from the March 2018 issue of Scientific American

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Music and the Brain

When you hear a favorite song do you smile involuntarily? Tap your feet? Start humming? Music’s strange power over our emotions and memories has a deep history dating more than 30,000 years ago…

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Volcanoes: Nature’s Way of Letting Off Steam

A slide show of eruptions and their impacts around the world

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The New Science of Sex and Gender

The term “intersex” made headlines in 2009 through the story of South African track star Caster Semenya, who was forced to undergo invasive (and humiliating) tests to determine her gender…

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Readers Respond to the February 2018 Issue

Letters to the editor from the February 2018 issue of Scientific American

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The Future of Medicine 2018

How emerging diseases in a changing world jeopardize public health, and what can be done

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Global Infections by the Numbers

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Readers Respond to the January 2018 Issue

Letters to the editor from the January 2018 issue of Scientific American

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Pain: The Search for Relief

Burning. Shooting. Stabbing. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Sometimes it begins as the result of an injury. Whatever form it takes, chronic pain often resists treatment. In this eBook, we examine…

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Mysteries of Life in the Universe

How did life begin on Earth? Does it exist elsewhere? What would those life forms be like? These fundamental questions about the nature of life and our own cosmic significance are endlessly…

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Readers Respond to the December 2017 Issue

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

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What Is Pi, and How Did It Originate?

Steven Bogart, a mathematics instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, answers

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Spotlight on Women in Science

In honor of International Women’s Day, 2018, our latest coverage of women at the forefront of science

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Human Echolocators Use Tricks Similar to Bats

People who use echolocating mouth clicks to compensate for low vision increase the number and intensity of clicks when objects are harder to detect. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Trailblazers: Women in Science

Sally Ride, the first American woman to go to space, once said that she didn’t set out to be a role model, but after her first flight, she realized that she was one. Like her, the 12 women…

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Readers Respond to the November 2017 Issue

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

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1 Important Secret for Effective Communication

A strong beginning and an even stronger ending can drive your message home, as the latest training video from The Flame Challenge makes clear

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Corals Are Dissolving Away

New data show that ocean acidification not only stops corals from building, it tears them down

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Ancient Cave Paintings Clinch the Case for Neandertal Symbolism

Abstract images in Spanish caves date back 65,000 years—millennia before Homo sapiens set foot in Europe—settling a long-running debate over Neandertal cognition

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So, You Want Your Toddler to Grow Up to Win a Gold Medal

Research shows the danger of too much early training

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Astronomers Spot Most Distant Supernova Ever Seen

Light from the powerful cosmic explosion took 10.5 billion years to reach Earth

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Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian Attack on Heavy Water That Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb

February 28 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most dramatic and important military missions of World War II

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Could More Snow in Antarctica Slow Sea Level Rise?

New claims that increased snowfall in eastern regions could offset melting in the western side of the continent might not stand the test of time

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Before Hitting the Road, Self-Driving Cars Should Have to Pass a Driving Test

Researchers can’t always tell exactly why something works but they can evaluate the outcome

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SpaceX Launches Test Satellites for Internet Constellation

The launch also marked the company’s first attempt to recover and reuse the fairing of its Falcon 9 rocket

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What Is "Normal," Anyway?

In psychology and psychiatry, it really means "average" or "typical," but we too easily think of it as a synonym for "how everyone is supposed to think and feel"

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This Is What the Race Gap in Academia Looks Like

Data visualization highlights a problematic pattern in fields associated with intrinsic genius

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Science at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Discover the physics of snowboarding, curling and skating, get inside the minds of athletes, and explore all things Olympics

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The Science of Diet & Exercise

For decades, experts reduced weight loss to simple math: burn more calories than you consume, without too much regard for what you consumed. Another old maxim presupposes that people who are more…

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Readers Respond to the October 2017 Issue

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

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