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Stories by Sophie Bushwick

The Top 10 Cities for Air Quality

To coincide with Scientific American 's "Cities" special topic issue, we assembled recently compiled lists ranking U.S. cities on aspects of green living, pollution, health and technology...

August 18, 2011 — Sophie Bushwick

The Top 10 Cities for a Healthy Life

As part of Scientific American 's "Cities" special topic issue, we assembled recently compiled lists ranking cities across the U.S. on aspects of green living, pollution, health and technology...

August 17, 2011 — Sophie Bushwick

Top 10 Cities for Green Living

Not all cities are created equal. As part of Scientific American 's "Cities" special topic issue, for the next five days we will feature recently compiled lists ranking cities across the U.S...

August 16, 2011 — Sophie Bushwick

Get Your Iceberg Water, Here

There's something about the idea of towing an iceberg from sea to sea that appeals to one's inner mad scientist (or rather, mad engineer). Most recently, entrepreneur Georges Mougin made news by backing up such a plan—to transport icebergs to drought-stricken regions as a source of freshwater—with digital technology.A team of engineers from software company Dassault Systemes created a computer simulation for Mougin...

August 10, 2011 — Sophie Bushwick

Feel the Burn: How Do Scientists Count Calories?

Counting calories today is as easy as checking the label in a grocery store, or perusing the menu in a restaurant. But how accurate are these numbers, and how do food manufacturers and restaurants come up with them in the first place?...

July 25, 2011 — Sophie Bushwick

Leap Seconds May Hit a Speed Bump

For most of human history we have defined time through the movements of planets and stars. One day is the time it takes the Earth to rotate about its axis, one year the duration of a single orbit about the sun...

June 17, 2011 — Sophie Bushwick
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