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Stories by Ricki Rusting

1915 Warning: Beware of Used-Car Salesmen

1915 Warning: Beware of Used-Car Salesmen

Suspicion of used-car dealers has a long history in the U.S. if an article in a 1915 supplement to Scientific American is any guide. The story, Buying a Second-Hand Automobile, by Victor W.

December 30, 2013 — Ricki Rusting
Happy 100th Birthday to the Crossword

Happy 100th Birthday to the Crossword

On this day a hundred years ago, a journalist named Arthur Wynne published what is widely regarded as the first modern crossword puzzle. It appeared in the New York World, where it was called a Word-Cross Puzzle.

December 21, 2013 — Ricki Rusting
Call Us Scientific Home Journal

Call Us Scientific Home Journal

I love Scientific American‘s archive not only for its record of scientific discovery but also for the surprises I invariably find there.

August 28, 2013 — Ricki Rusting

Hold the Elevator: How Otis's Early Systems Worked

2013 marks 160 years since Elisha Graves Otis sold his first elevator, designed specifically for safety. Sales languished, though, until he attended the 1854 world's fair in New York City and, at the Crystal Palace, demonstrated the innovation that made elevators stop, instead of falling, if their cables snapped.

April 12, 2013 — Ricki Rusting
Does This Animal Live Unusually Long? [Slide Show]

Does This Animal Live Unusually Long? [Slide Show]

An index called the longevity quotient indicates whether a species has an average life span or is unusually long-lived or short-lived for an animal of its size. A score of 1 is average; higher numbers reflect unusual longevity

December 20, 2011 — David Stipp and Ricki Rusting

An Inside Look at a Colonoscopy [Video]

Colon cancer can be beat if detected early. This video from TheVisualMD, incorporating biologically accurate graphics, offers a ride on a camera to show how the disease is detected and treated

March 5, 2011 — Ricki Rusting