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Ian Agol is a University of California mathematician who was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize for his work on 3-D topology. He shares a special joke about how topologists view breakfast. Editor's Note (6/3/16): In honor of National Doughnut Day, Scientific American has updated and republished the following video, originally published in November 2015.
In her new book journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova explores the mind of the con man
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A scientific analysis ranks the 10 most effective child-rearing practices. Surprisingly, some don't even involve the kids
In a cave in France archaeologists have found some of the oldest human constructions ever discovered —but no one knows what they are. Nature Video takes a look. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on May 25, 2016. It is a Nature Video production.
Walls of stalagmites in a French cave might have had a domestic or a ceremonial use
Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed
Two scholars speculate on how history may be repeating itself in this excerpt from their new book
Remnants of a beer-making operation some 5,000 years old have been found in northern China.
For centuries, two fabled Egyptian cities lay hidden in the Nile delta – until underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio found them. A new exhibition explores their treasures. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on May 18, 2016. It is a Nature Video production.
Management guru Adam Grant explains how nonconformists are more ordinary than we think
Hundreds of intricate glass sculptures of marine invertebrates may be scientists’ best shot at discovering how ocean acidification threatens sea creatures
Hundreds of intricate sculptures of marine invertebrates may be scientists’ best shot at learning how ocean acidification threatens sea creatures
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