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In-Depth Reports

Combating Terrorism with Science

From the psychology of violent extremism to cracking encrypted communications, counterterrorism efforts rely on the latest scientific research

November 17, 2015

Hurricane Katrina's Devastating Lessons

In the 10 years since this deadly storm, which also came in as one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history, the nation’s leaders and engineers still struggle to upgrade our preparedness 

August 24, 2015

How Assistive Technologies Enable People with Disabilities

The emergence of mobile “assistive” technologies, influenced heavily by the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25 years ago, marks a major step forward for people with disabilities, unlocking unprecedented new possibilities for communication, navigation and independence

August 5, 2015

A Guide to the Pluto Flyby Success

NASA’s New Horizons’ close approach to the last of the original set of nine planets in our solar system is yielding a bounty of surprising planetary science

July 16, 2015

A Guide to Earthquakes

What causes tremors? What makes them stop? Can they be predicted? Are our buildings as safe as they can be?

April 27, 2015

The Science of Basketball

As March Madness wraps up, here's a guide what science says about basketball from bracket choices to injury prevention

March 20, 2015

The Pi Day of the Century

The first five digits of pi, 3.1415, is being celebrated on March 14, 2015, with a day for math fun, circular logic and, of course, pie eating

March 13, 2015

Net Neutrality and the Open Internet

The debate over so-called "Net neutrality" has raged for more than a decade, pitting tech entrepreneurs against the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who deliver digital content to our computers and mobile devices. Along the way, activists, lobbyists, politicians and even Pres. Barack Obama have weighed in on either side. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) vote to ban paid prioritization of Internet traffic as well as the blocking and throttling of online content and services marks, if not the final word on the matter, at least a milestone for this issue. Scientific American takes a look at the FCC's decision and the major events leading up to this historic vote.

February 25, 2015

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