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Stories by Benjamin Meyers

Lasers and Drones Help Preserve Ancient Temples

3-D digital preservation not only helps save the memories of historical sites, it also guides restoration projects after natural disasters, such as the earthquakes that damaged the temples of Bagan.Editor's Note: Viewers sensitive to flashing light may want to avoid this video.

January 19, 2017 — Benjamin Meyers

Listen to the Sounds of Knees Cracking

Eavesdropping on the creaks and groans of an athlete’s knee could help doctors track healing after injury or surgery.

August 19, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Christopher Intagliata

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. 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.

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

Wolves Howl in Local Dialects

Canid species all over the world vocalize the same 21 ideas but have different regional ways of expressing them​.

April 26, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Jason G. Goldman

Do Lobsters Need Earplugs?

Human-caused ocean noises cause clams to clam up and lobsters to scurry for cover, which could wreak havoc with nutrient cycling.

April 1, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers

Scientific American Celebrates Its 170th Birthday [Video]

Scientific American was founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845 as a weekly American newspaper. It is now a global brand, with 18 foreign language editions. Colleagues from around the globe joined in to say congratulations.

January 4, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Benjamin Meyers

TV Remembers the First Nuclear Bomb Test

Manh(a)ttan re-creates the race to Trinity. Working near the original test site revealed personal stories from the dawn of the nuclear age to the show’s cast and crew. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy

December 15, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers

How Does Your Brain Follow the Music?

Neurons in the brain fire in sync to music. Musical training may enhance this ability, and perhaps some other skills.

December 10, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Diana Kwon