Category Archives: STEM News

California Wildfire Sets Grim Record

The 155,000-acre Thomas Fire is now among the state’s twenty largest wildfires

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Indigenous People are Deploying Drones to Preserve Land and Traditions

Indigenous tribes from the Pacific Northwest to the Amazon Basin face a similar set of challenges: How to manage their lands, defend against corporate encroachment and document historic and religious sites for future generations. Often working with l… Continue reading

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Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to ‘Oumuamua

It’s a long shot, but scientists are about to listen very closely for radio signals from our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor

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Lab Work for X-Ray Stars and Movie Stars

Innovation and discovery as chronicled in Scientific American

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Will Changing Cloud Cover Accelerate Global Warming?

Scientists are beginning to understand whether changing cloud cover will accelerate global warming or slow it down

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DNA Has Gone Digital – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Biologists remain largely unaware of the potential vulnerabilities that come with digitizing biotechnology

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How to Talk to a Science Denier without Arguing

A simple strategy with the acronym EGRIP can be surprisingly effective 

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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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Scientific American‘s 2017 Gadget Guide

Big tech companies—including Apple, Amazon and Nintendo—made headlines this year, but here are some under-the-radar devices worth checking out

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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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Scientific American‘s 2017 Gadget Guide

Big tech companies—including Apple, Amazon and Nintendo—made headlines this year, but here are some under-the-radar devices worth checking out

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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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Fowl Language: AI Decodes the Nuances of Chicken  "Speech"

How machine learning can translate chicken chatter and improve farming

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Science Has Made America Great

But the policies of the current administration could start to change that

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Sharks Rule the Reef’s Underwater Food Chain

When sharks prowl shallow waters, fish quit foraging and hide—sparing seaweed from being grazed in those areas. Jason G. Goldman reports.

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Dinosaur Eggs under Stress

Dinosaurs didn’t crack under stress, but the hard times affected their eggs

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Recognizing False Beliefs: More Than Chimneys and Reindeer

The holidays can provide a yearly reminder that all the learning we have to do as we grow up leads to a lot of important highs and lows

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The Labs That Forge Distant Planets Here on Earth

High-pressure experiments explore what it might take to make exoplanets habitable

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Ancient Women Had Awesome Arms

For thousands of years, women in agricultural societies seem to have had arms stronger than members of modern rowing teams.

 

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Stay warm with winter projects from home!

This week we are highlighting projects that help advance research on penguins, seals, the Antarctica and more.

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The SciStarter Team

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Leaf Fungus Smoothie Brings Endangered Hawaiian Flower Back From the Brink

Yet surprisingly, the most common organism in said smoothie was the very pathogen it was trying to prevent

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The Tropidurine Treerunners

In which we lament the poorly known status of the local name wakanama…

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Justin Curry’s Favorite Theorem

The University at Albany mathematician talks about why he just can’t get enough of those Platonic solids

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Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix

The medical system knows how to help but there is no money in it

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