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Migratory Birds: What a Long-Range Trip It's Been

Ornithologist Eduardo Inigo-Elias, senior research associate with the conservation science program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, talks about the challenges of studying migratory birds and how improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba will help his field    

June 18, 2015 — Steve Mirsky and Robin Lloyd

Comedy about Isaac Newton Enlightens

Haskell King plays Isaac Newton in the Ensemble Studio Theater production of "Isaac's Eye." Isaac Newton, the giant of classical physics and co-inventor of calculus, was a pill.

February 28, 2013 — Robin Lloyd

40 Years of Health Care for Women-Including Access to Abortion Services

Today’s political rhetoric in the U.S. makes it easy to fall into the trap of viewing abortion services as outside the realm of women’s health care—but a recent event in Manhattan belied that logical flaw, just as Scientific American did in an editorial in its May 2012 issue.

January 22, 2013 — Robin Lloyd

SA Biology Blogger Wins L'Oreal For Women in Science Fellowship

The Miss America pageant is often judged to be somewhat of an insult to women. So I was once surprised to learn that the Miss America Organization is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance to younger women.

September 21, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

Massive Genomics Center Set to Open in Lower Manhattan

An artist's rendition of the New York Genome Center exterior at 101 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. Credit: NYGC NEW YORK—For a spot news junkie, the sight of a podium-studded dais surrounded by people holding up recording devices is irresistible, especially on a hot summer day.

July 24, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

What's Smaller Than Mark Zuckerberg?

The Facebook IPO earlier this month left us a bit disappointed. There were financial and ethical let-downs. But the over-arching surprise is that people were misled in advance about the value of the company.

May 26, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

Is Football to Blame for Players' Suicides?

High-profile suicides of professional football players have mounted in the past several years—Terry Long (2005), Andre Waters (2006), Dave Duerson (2011) and Ray Easterling (2012) all killed themselves following retirement and bouts with diagnoses likely related to the thousands of hits they fearlessly underwent as players.

May 16, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

Bronx Girl Scouts Pepper Scientific American with Smart, Science Questions

BRONX–Marine biology and subway construction were the hot topics here today among two groups of Girl Scouts at IS 131, Albert Einstein School. Shenica Odom of the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York had asked Scientific American to participate this spring in its Career Exploration Program, designed to encourage about 1,200 girls in the South Bronx to explore careers and professions that they might not have otherwise considered for themselves, including jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM jobs).

May 8, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

`Chimp Pope' Launches Scientist-Artist Blogging Partnership

"Chimp Pope" by Nathaniel Gold No matter what you think about the Catholic Church, the "Chimp Pope" image (at left) by figurative/narrative artist Nathaniel Gold probably holds your attention and gives you pause about the latest hullabaloo.

March 5, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

"Occupy Wall Street" Passes Near Scientific American`s Office in New York City

I heard on the news this morning that the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was broken up by police overnight and that protesters were set to march north today to the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Canal Street--one block from Scientific American 's office in New York.Indeed, when various SA employees and I independently surfaced from our subway commutes between 8 and 10 am, several hundred protesters and accompanying media, police and lookers-on were assembled off the intersection at Duarte Square (marked by a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, a leader who helped establish the Dominican Republican's independence in the 19th century).Public health was one of the grounds for the protesters' dismissal (they might return to their original site later today).

November 15, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Europe Could Mark Start of a New Epidemic

gel electrophoresis of Staphylococcus aureus FLAGSTAFF, Arizona—A relatively new type of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus could represent the world's next bacterial epidemic, an environmental health expert said here today at a conference for science writers.The superbug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain 398, or MRSA ST398, was first identified in an infant in the Netherlands in 1994 and traced back to her family's pigs.

October 16, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

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