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Gambling Gave Science Some Lucky Breaks

The development of statistics, probability theory, game theory and chaos theory owes a lot to people trying to figure out various games of chance.   

April 19, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

The Fastball Gets Its Scientific Due in a New Documentary

The new movie Fastball dissects the pitch from the perspective of pitchers, hitters, umpires—and scientists, who talk about everything from the physics governing the trajectory of the ball to the neuroscience of the batter’s perception and reaction—including how the ball can appear to vanish.   

March 25, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

African Park Comeback Offers Ecological Optimism

A decade of modest financial investment has revitalized Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, explains biologist Sean B. Carroll in his new book The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discovery How Life Works and Why It Matters

March 18, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Gorilla's Hum Is a Do-Not-Disturb Sign

If a socially prominent gorilla is in the midst of a meal, it may hum or sing to tell others nearby that it's busy at the moment and will get back to you later. 

February 29, 2016 — Steve Mirsky and Daisy Yuhas

Bill Gates Wants a Miracle

Scientific American's energy and environment editor, David Biello, met with Bill Gates on February 22 to discuss tackling carbon emissions while at the same time making necessary energy available to ever more of the globe’s growing population.  

February 25, 2016 — David Biello and Steve Mirsky

Ball Really Looks Bigger to Better Hitters

Jessica Witt of Colorado State University explains that how well you're performing affects your visual perception of the world around you, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  

February 22, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

HPV Vaccine Needs to Reach Boys, Too

Gypsyamber D’Souza of Johns Hopkins University discussed the rise in HPV-related oral cancer, its connection to oral sex and the risk for men at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

February 19, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Opioid Epidemic Gets Treatment Prescription

Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addressed ways to deal with the U.S. opioid epidemic at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

February 17, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

From AI to Zika: AAAS Conference Highlights

Scientific American editors Mark Fischetti, Dina Maron and Seth Fletcher talk about the info they picked up at the just-concluded annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Subjects covered include gravitational waves, whether there's really a war on science, the growing concern over Zika virus, sea level rise and advances in artificial intelligence.
 

February 16, 2016 — Mark Fischetti, Dina Fine Maron, Seth Fletcher and Steve Mirsky

Gravitational Waves Found: Kip Thorne Explains

Scientific American's Josh Fischman talks with renowned astrophysicist and general relativity expert Kip Thorne about the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Project, co-founded by Thorne.
 

February 11, 2016 — Josh Fischman and Steve Mirsky

The Big Gath Dig: Goliath's Hometown

Freelance journalist Kevin Begos talks with archaeologist Aren Maeir, from Bar Ilan University in Israel, at his dig site in Gath, thought to be Goliath's hometown and a major city of the Philistine civilization.
 

February 10, 2016 — Kevin Begos and Steve Mirsky

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