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Stories by Eliene Augenbraun

Jupiter's Red Spot Is Red Hot

What Jupiter’s spot is not, is tranquil. New infrared images taken by Boston University scientists on a NASA telescope in Hawaii show that whereas Jupiter’s north and south poles are heated by strong magnetic fields, its large, stormy red spot generates its own heat by a different mechanism. Shock waves from turbulent winds in the spot and other storms help explain how the planet's upper atmosphere stays warm so far from the sun. Produced with support from Explore Scientific

August 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

A Corpse Flower Blooms in the Bronx

For the first time since 1939, the New York Botanical Garden has coaxed a corpse flower to open its massive bloom and flood the greenhouse with the stench of sewers and rotting meat.

July 29, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Jupiter, Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

Juno, NASA’s new mission to Jupiter, reaches the giant planet on July 4, 2016. Among its many firsts, Juno will peer deeper than ever before beneath the Jovian clouds and will deliver the first interplanetary LEGO kit. Produced with support from Explore Scientific

June 24, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

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

Epic Math Battles: Go versus Atoms

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?

May 19, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Retrieving the Dead from the Bottom of the Mediterranean

An old fishing boat, only 20 meters long but packed with as many as 950 would-be migrants from Libya, sank off the coast of Italy on April 18, 2015. A year later the Italian government is trying to recover and identify the bodies now trapped under 400 meters of water.

May 13, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Profile of Mercury--in Images

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft orbited Mercury for four years before its planned plunge and crash into the planet’s surface on April 30, 2015. On May 6, 2016, NASA, the USGS and their university partners showed what they had accomplished during the mission. They presented the first topographic map ever produced of Mercury, along with a color-enhanced view of its northern polar region. On May 9, 2016, Mercury's transit across the solar disk was visible from Earth—an astronomically rare event.

May 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Scientific American Songs: Earth Day

Jonathan Edwards remakes his folk rock classic, "Sunshine," to call for action on climate change. He plays this new version with Scientific American publisher Jeremy Abbate.

April 22, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun