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Favorite Wine Grapes May Need Genetic Help

Wine book author Kevin Begos explains that just a few varieties of wine grapes dominate the industry, which leaves them vulnerable to potentially catastrophic disease outbreaks.

July 10, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Sharks Make a Splash in Brooklyn

Visitors can see and learn about sharks and their environment in the new "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" facility at the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium.

July 4, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Dinosaurs: From Humble Beginnings to Global Dominance

Edinburgh University paleontologist Steve Brusatte talks about his May 2018 Scientific American article, "The Unlikely Triumph of the Dinosaurs," and his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.

May 23, 2018 — Stephen Brusatte and Steve Mirsky

Humans Evolved but Are Still Special

Brown University biologist and author Ken Miller talks about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness and Free Will.

April 30, 2018 — Kenneth Miller and Steve Mirsky

A Brain Deprived of Memory

Michael Lemonick, opinion editor at Scientific American, talks about his most recent book, The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory and Love, about Lonni Sue Johnson, who suffered a specific kind of brain damage that robbed her of much of her memory and her ability to form new memories, and what she has revealed to neuroscientists about memory and the brain.

March 30, 2018 — Michael D. Lemonick and Steve Mirsky