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Electric Eels versus Horses: Shocking but True

Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking horses...

June 27, 2016 — Cynthia Graber and Steve Mirsky

Gravitational Wave Scientists Astounded--by Your Interest

Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever and MIT’s Rainer Weiss were the founders of the LIGO experiment that detected gravitational waves. They were just awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics and two of them spoke with Scientific American 's Clara Moskowitz about LIGO and the public's reaction...

June 14, 2016 — Clara Moskowitz and Steve Mirsky
Topology at the Tonys

Topology at the Tonys

And the Tony Award for the best use of mathematics in a musical goes to…

June 14, 2016 — Evelyn Lamb
Fine Wine and Flies

Fine Wine and Flies

Science art at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

June 6, 2016 — Katie McKissick

A Topology Joke to Celebrate National Doughnut Day

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...

June 3, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers and James Drew
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