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Stories by Ivan Oransky

And the Intel Science Talent Search winners are...

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2009)—Eric Larson, 17, of Eugene, Ore., took home the top prize at this year's Intel Science Talent Search here—a $100,000 scholarship—for "classifying mathematical objects called fusion categories." His work, according to Intel, "describes these in certain dimensions for the first time." Here, we will attempt to explain what that means.

March 10, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

James Watson--yes, that Watson--to to train scientists better?

I got an invitation today to a film screening of Naturally Obsessed, The Making of a Scientist . The documentary, by Richard and Carole Rifkind, asks the question, "What does it take to produce the scientists we need to keep America competitive?" That seems like an important question, and one to which Scientific American readers would no doubt like to have the answer.

February 5, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Confirmed: Peanut butter is culprit in 400 U.S. salmonella cases

Turns out it was the peanut butter. The typhimurium type, if you must know. Minnesota health officials confirmed today that the salmonella strain -- also known as a serotype -- found in a 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter on Friday is the same as the strain that has wreaked havoc in 410 people in 43 U.S.

January 12, 2009 — Ivan Oransky