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How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

Each of us has a unique experience on this earth. A major reason for that is the buildup of our memories over time, which forms the ongoing narrative that we know as our life.

August 20, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

How #Selfie Culture is Changing Our Lives

We've all done it: We're at an event, we take a bunch of photos with our phones, we take a selfie and maybe one with a friend, we post all the images online, and we're done.

August 19, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Biodiversity Hotspots Get Hotter (and That's Not Good)

Biodiversity hotspots are golden places on earth where the number and diversity of animals and plants is exceptional. Environmentalists say that hotspots are the most critical of all places to protect against the ill effects of human development and climate change...

July 15, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Critics Slam Reports of a "Polar Vortex" in July

Years ago on Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner played a little old lady, Emily Litella, who came onto the Weekend Update news set to deliver an editorial about a burning issue of the day—only she didn't quite have the correct terminology...

July 14, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Hurricane Season: How Do Storms Form? [video]

The Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins Sunday, June 1, and runs through November 30. Last week various agencies released their predictions for how many hurricanes might develop and how many might be big ones...

May 31, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Plastic Bags: More Cities Get on the Banned-Wagon

Let's face it: plastic bags are really handy. But as we know, they're also terrible for the environment and for wildlife. They jam landfills, where they will not decompose for centuries, and they float across wide swaths of the seas...

May 19, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
Big Climate Danger Could Arrive as Soon as 2036

Big Climate Danger Could Arrive as Soon as 2036

Climate change is changing. In three days we will find out how much, and how rapidly. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is meeting in Yokohama, Japan, will release the second report of its massive assessment on Sunday, March 30 EDT (March 31 in Japan)...

March 27, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine