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Electric Eels versus Horses: Shocking but True

Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking horses.  

June 27, 2016 — Cynthia Graber and Steve Mirsky

Chocolate Makers Cut Fat with Electricity

Reducing fat from chocolate can gum up manufacturing equipment, making low-fat chocolate hard to produce—but an electric field can help. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 23, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Gravitational Wave Scientists Astounded--by Your Interest

Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever and MIT’s Rainer Weiss were the founders of the LIGO experiment that detected gravitational waves. They were just awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics and two of them spoke with Scientific American's Clara Moskowitz about LIGO and the public's reaction. 

June 14, 2016 — Clara Moskowitz and Steve Mirsky

Go to the (White) Light

An energy-efficient alternative to LEDs has greater focusing power, for microscopes and spotlights. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

June 10, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

How Mistakes Help Science [Video]

Astrophysicist Mario Livio will discuss how famous thinkers’ blunders have played a vital role in research during a live Webcast tonight at 7 P.M.

June 1, 2016 — Clara Moskowitz