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Stories by Ivan Oransky

Space shuttle Discovery reaches orbit successfully

Space shuttle Discovery reached orbit 200 miles above earth tonight at 7:51 local time, after taking off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:43:44.

March 15, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

The Intel finalists, in their own words [Video]

If you missed our coverage of the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search finalists and winners earlier this week—or even if you didn't—below you'll find a package of whiz kid profiles.

March 13, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

And the Intel Science Talent Search winners are...

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2009)—Eric Larson, 17, of Eugene, Ore., took home the top prize at this year's Intel Science Talent Search here—a $100,000 scholarship—for "classifying mathematical objects called fusion categories." His work, according to Intel, "describes these in certain dimensions for the first time." Here, we will attempt to explain what that means.

March 10, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Sebelius is pick for HHS secretary

The New York Times and the Associated Press, quoting an anonymous White House source, are reporting that Pres. Barack Obama has chosen Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the U.S.

February 28, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

At AAAS, Al Gore urges scientists to get involved in climate change debate

CHICAGO—Fresh from adding a Grammy to his mantle Sunday, former vice president Al Gore told scientists gathered here for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to push administration officials and the general public for solutions to climate change.

February 14, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Who are the 10 most important people working in science in 2009?

Readers, we'd like your recommendations. Following up on our long-running Scientific American 50 series, we’re looking for 10 individuals who during the past year have demonstrated exceptional leadership and accomplishment in guaranteeing that future technologies will be applied to the benefit of humanity.

February 10, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

James Watson--yes, that Watson--to discuss...how to train scientists better?

I got an invitation today to a film screening of Naturally Obsessed, The Making of a Scientist . The documentary, by Richard and Carole Rifkind, asks the question, "What does it take to produce the scientists we need to keep America competitive?" That seems like an important question, and one to which Scientific American readers would no doubt like to have the answer.

February 5, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Farewell, pygmy rabbit? Officials may give up on an endangered species

It may be the end of the road for an endangered species of rabbit. After eight years and several million dollars, federal officials will likely halt a program by the end of this year designed to save the Columbia basin pygmy rabbit from extinction, according to the Associated Press.

February 3, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

RIP: The Medscape Journal of Medicine, an open-access pioneer, stops publishing new papers

A pioneering medical journal has fallen victim to the dramatic and wrenching changes that are overtaking the publishing industry: The Medscape Journal of Medicine (MJM) , the first electronic-only open access general medical journal,* will no longer publish new papers, Editor in Chief George Lundberg and colleagues announced yesterday.

January 31, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Confirmed: Peanut butter is culprit in 400 U.S. salmonella cases

Turns out it was the peanut butter. The typhimurium type, if you must know. Minnesota health officials confirmed today that the salmonella strain -- also known as a serotype -- found in a 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter on Friday is the same as the strain that has wreaked havoc in 410 people in 43 U.S.

January 12, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Perigee moons, and other Twitter musings--Follow us!

ScientificAmerican.com —in the form of the author of this blog post—had a great experience this weekend. Despite the fact that it was cloudy and snowing heavily much of Saturday night in western Massachusetts, we got to see this month’s perigee moon, the largest and brightest of 2009.

January 12, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Tonight's perigee moon in photos

If you're watching the snow come down in the northeastern U.S., like we are here at 60-Second Science, you probably can't see tonight's perigee moon, which we posted about earlier.

January 10, 2009 — Ivan Oransky