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Why Is the "Tears of Joy" Emoji Everywhere?

Although it doesn’t quite seem that we’re ready to chat in all emojis and only emojis, they are serving to modify our responses and add meaning in an environment where it could otherwise be difficult to interpret meaning...

February 12, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

Gravitational Waves Found: Kip Thorne Explains

Scientific American 's Josh Fischman talks with renowned astrophysicist and general relativity expert Kip Thorne about the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Project, co-founded by Thorne...

February 11, 2016 — Josh Fischman and Steve Mirsky

The Big Gath Dig: Goliath's Hometown

Freelance journalist Kevin Begos talks with archaeologist Aren Maeir, from Bar Ilan University in Israel, at his dig site in Gath, thought to be Goliath's hometown and a major city of the Philistine civilization...

February 10, 2016 — Kevin Begos and Steve Mirsky

A Visual (Information) Paradox

Search for answers about Stephen Hawking’s new theorem reveals a Scientific American tradition of illustrating the confounding complexity of black holes

February 9, 2016 — Amanda Montañez

Slaughter of the Song Birds

Songbirds are a culinary delicacy in Cyprus—but catching and eating them is illegal. Even so, the practice is on the rise and could be threatening rare species

January 31, 2016 — Shaoni Bhattacharya and Nature magazine

Aviation Furniture: When Planes Come Home

A junkyard full of old airplanes turns out to be an artist’s playground. Several companies exist to turn historic old aircraft parts into seating, tables, picture frames, book shelves and any other piece of furniture you might imagine...

January 22, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

516 Bird Feet in 3,000 Square Feet

Call it the ultimate bird's-eye view of evolution: in Ithaca, N.Y., the paint is barely dry on an ambitious 3,000-square-foot mural celebrating the stunning diversity of birds

January 18, 2016 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Roman Sanitation Didn't Stop Roaming Parasites

The University of Cambridge's Piers Mitchell, author of the 2015 book Sanitation, Latrines and Intestinal Parasites in Past Populations, talks about the counterintuitive findings in his recent paper in the journal Parasitology titled "Human parasites in the Roman World: health consequences of conquering an empire."
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January 12, 2016 — Steve Mirsky
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