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Stories by Eric R. Olson

Shuttle Makes Journey up the Hudson to Final Resting Place [Video]

The Hudson River is basically Scientific American's backyard, so when we heard the space shuttle Enterprise was heading up the river to its final resting place aboard the USS Intrepid on Manhattan's west flank, we couldn't resist firing up the video camera and grabbing a few shots...

June 6, 2012 — Eric R. Olson

Color-Coding Ants [Video]

An ant colony, made up of many thousands of individuals, actually functions more like one giant organism. Ants use their unified strength to build bridges, raft across rivers and even wage war on neighboring colonies (as scientist Mark Moffett explains in a recent Scientific American feature)...

February 17, 2012 — Eric R. Olson

Magic and science: Together again at last

Not since the ancient days of alchemy have science and magic had such a harmonious relationship. Of course, I'm speaking specifically about neuroscience and the art of illusion—not the fictional conjuring of the Harry Potter variety...

October 28, 2010 — Eric R. Olson

Inside the Military-Robotics Complex

The quiet, suburban neighborhoods and strip malls that line Route 128, the main highway that circumscribes the Greater Boston area, hardly betray the area's high-tech firepower.

June 22, 2010 — Eric R. Olson

The Physics of Figure Skating

This blog appears in the In-Depth Report Science at the Sochi Olympics   Figure skating is one of the most popular sports in the winter Olympics.

February 23, 2010 — Eric R. Olson
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