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Happy 170th to Scientific American!

Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina reflects on Scientific American's evolution from an aspirational weekly broadsheet to the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S. with 14 local language editions around the world

July 15, 2015 — Mariette DiChristina

Why the U.S. Crushed a Ton of Ivory

The elephant in the room—actually, Times Square: a ton of poached ivory that was mashed in some sort of souped-up wood chipper.

June 24, 2015 — Sabrina Imbler, Benjamin Meyers and Eliene Augenbraun
Restore Research to Preserve the American Dream

Restore Research to Preserve the American Dream

Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin and former undersecretary of the Army talks about the report he co-chaired for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, "Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream"    
 

June 23, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

GM Foods on Trial

Proponents of genetically modified crops say the technology is the only way to feed a warming, increasingly populous world. Critics say we tamper with nature at our peril. Who is right?

June 12, 2015 — David H. Freedman
Color You Remember Seeing Isn't What You Saw

Color You Remember Seeing Isn't What You Saw

People tend to remember a color they saw, for example green-blue teal, as being closer to a more stereotypical variant, such as straight blue or green. Karen Hopkin reports  

June 9, 2015 — Karen Hopkin
Animals Don't Use Facebook but They Have Social Networks, Too

Animals Don't Use Facebook but They Have Social Networks, Too

Lee Dugatkin, evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist at the University of Louisville, talks about his article in the June Scientific American called "The Networked Animal," about how social networks in disparate animals species affect the lives of the entire group and its individual members. His co-author is Matthew Hasenjager, a doctoral candidate in his lab     

June 7, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

Is Lying Rational?

A new film presents the science behind when and why people lie.

June 5, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Daisy Yuhas and Benjamin Meyers
Take a Bite out of the Math of Math

Take a Bite out of the Math of Math

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng, tenured in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. and currently Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago talks about her new book How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics     

June 2, 2015 — Steve Mirsky and Clara Moskowitz
High Heels Heighten Health Hazard

High Heels Heighten Health Hazard

Emergency room visits due to high heel shoe–related injuries doubled between 2002 and 2012. Erika Beras reports  

June 1, 2015 — Erika Beras
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