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Eating plants gathered from the wild... in New York City

This past Sunday, SciAm's Steve Mirsky was part of a group led by ethnobotanist Nat Bletter (holding the apple-picking stick) that searched for edible plants in New York City's Central Park.After dining on wild vegetation, Steve and Nat chatted about ethnobotany.You can hear the conversation on the September 19 episode of Science Talk, the weekly podcast of Scientific American.

September 19, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Sea lions return to the Bronx Zoo (and Mirsky is there)

Last week SciAm’s favorite podcaster and man-about-town Steve Mirsky, was back at it, behind the camera, checking out some old friends who’ve recently returned to the Bronx.

November 16, 2007 — Christie Nicholson

Biting Us and the Dust

Humanity's time spent fleeing from predators is almost finished, which in the long run may beas tragic as being eaten

September 1, 2003 — Steve Mirsky

Laureate urges next generation to address population control as central issue

LINDAU, Germany—A 93-year-old Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine received a standing ovation from hundreds of scientists on June 30 at the end of a speech in which he urged the world's young people to take measures to control runaway population growth in order to resolve related ills that have resulted from humans' remarkable evolutionary success as a species.

June 30, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Tall order: How to train a giraffe [Video]

How do you get a bear to ride a bicycle? In addition to "very carefully," the answer is operant conditioning. A trainer rewards a particular behavior when performed by a subject, reinforcing the behavior in that subject.

February 17, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

Death of the birthers?

The birth certificate in all its long-form glory has been revealed to a panting public. And so even the most hardcore so-called birther will now acknowledge that Barack Obama is legally entitled to serve as President of the United States, right?

April 27, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

A bridge at the end of a rainbow

Click to play play_blip_movie_1077186();  Our Science Talk podcast host and man-about-town Steve Mirsky caught this lovely semi-circle rainbow with his pocket camera earlier this month.

July 11, 2008 — Christie Nicholson

Little Galaxy Keeps Churning Out Stars

The recently discovered small galaxy Leo P contains only about a hundred-thousandth as many stars as the Milky Way, but it's bucking the small galaxy trend by continuing to make new ones 

November 15, 2015 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky

Darwin 200 years later: Evolution by selection of quotations

Editor's Note: This post is also appearing at the American Institute for Biological Sciences' Year of Science 2009: Celebrate Evolution. For more on Darwin's 200th birthday, see our January 2009 issue on evolution.

February 2, 2009 — Steve Mirsky

The New College Try

Innovation is alive and kicking on campus

February 1, 2005 — Steve Mirsky

Math Can Equal Fun

Harvey Mudd College math professor Arthur Benjamin talks about his new book The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why

November 20, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

What's Worse Than Fecal Transplants? This Gal.

Have you caught wind of the latest in medical technology: fecal transplants between friends? The latest commentary (and funniest to date) is a piece by Steve Mirsky in the August 2013 edition of Scientific American telling us to just get over the ick factor "because everything" in life, medicine, and yes, fecal transplants, "is disgusting." Mirsky's commentary is already illustrated with an eye catching and hilarious diddy in the print edition by Matt Collins, and this is by no means an attempt to one-up him (how could I?

July 19, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Is Earth past the tipping point?

Biodiversity loss. Land use. Freshwater use. Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles. Stratospheric ozone. Ocean acidification. Climate change. Chemical Pollution.

March 19, 2010 — Mark Fischetti

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