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Stories by Steve Mirsky

Economics Nobel Highlights Climate Action Necessity

William Nordhaus shared the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis,” with Paul Romer, "for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis."

October 9, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Nobel in Physics for Controlling Laser Light

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland share the 2018 physics Nobel for their work with lasers that have led to numerous practical applications, such as eye surgery.

October 2, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

More People, but Less Hardship?

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann talks about the just-issued Goalkeepers Report, tracking progress against poverty and disease even as the population keeps rising.

September 25, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Pirates Needed Science, Too

On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's an eye-patch-witness account of how science helps in all peg-leg walks of life, even piracy

September 19, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Here's Looking at Humanity, Kid

Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American, devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses human chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us.

September 5, 2018 — Gary Stix and Steve Mirsky

Out with the Bad Science

NPR science journalist Richard Harris talks about his book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions.

August 2, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Jupiter's Moon Total Hits 79

The International Astronomical Union reports that there are now 79 known Jovian moons, with a dozen found last year.

July 17, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Favorite Wine Grapes May Need Genetic Help

Wine book author Kevin Begos explains that just a few varieties of wine grapes dominate the industry, which leaves them vulnerable to potentially catastrophic disease outbreaks.

July 10, 2018 — Steve Mirsky