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Bone Up On What's Inside You

Author and self-described fossil fanatic Brian Switek talks about his new book Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone.

7 minutes ago — Brian Switek and Steve Mirsky

Solving Our Plastic Problem

At Scientific American 's third Science on the Hill event, experts from academia and the private sector met at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to talk with Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about solutions to our plethora-of-plastics problem...

June 19, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

A Biodegradable Label Doesn't Make It So

At the third Scientific American “Science on the Hill” event, “Solving the Plastic Waste Problem”, one of the issues discussed by experts on Capitol Hill was biodegradability.   ...

June 12, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Secrets of the Universe Revealed!

Cornell University applied mathematics professor Steven Strogatz talks about his new book Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe.

May 23, 2019 — Steven Strogatz and Steve Mirsky

How the Black Hole Said Cheese

Scientific American 's chief features editor Seth Fletcher talks about his book Einstein's Shadow, an account of the long effort to image a black hole that recently came to fruition...

April 29, 2019 — Seth Fletcher and Steve Mirsky

A Tree and Its People in a Warming Landscape

Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes discusses her book about Alaska ecology and sociology, In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World...

April 22, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

What Chickens Can Teach Hearing Researchers

At an April 9th event sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and produced by Scientific American that honored Nobel and Kavli Prize winners, neuroscientists James Hudspeth and Robert Fettiplace talked about the physiology of hearing and the possibility of restoring hearing loss...

April 17, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Nobelist Says System of Science Offers Life Lessons

At an April 9th event sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and produced by Scientific American that honored Nobel and Kavli Prize winners, economist Paul Romer talked about how the social system of science offers hope for humanity and for how we can live with each other...

April 16, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Tech's Brain Effect: It's Complicated

We don't yet know what the immersion in technology does to our brains, but one neuroscientist says the answer is likely to be that there's good, there's bad, and it's complex.

March 25, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Science Couple Phages Out Superbug

Medical researcher Steffanie Strathdee needed to save the life of her husband, researcher Tom Patterson, when he contracted one of the world's worst infections. She turned to phage therapy: using a virus to kill the bacteria...

March 13, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Baseball Commish Talks Big Data

At a sports technology conference, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed issues including an automated strike zone and advanced analytics.

March 5, 2019 — Steve Mirsky
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