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Stories by Steve Mirsky

What's Driving the Self-Driving Cars Rush

Scientific American technology editor Larry Greenemeier talks with Ken Washington, vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford, about self-driving cars.  

2 hours ago — Larry Greenemeier and Steve Mirsky

Biology's Lessons for Business

Martin K. Reeves and Simon Levin talk about their Scientific American essay "Building a Resilient Business Inspired by Biology."

March 21, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Pulling the String on Yo-Yo Weight Gain

Mice that lost weight and then gained back more than they lost maintained an obesity-type microbiome that affected biochemicals involved in either burning or adding fat--suggesting interventions.  

March 18, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Poverty Shaves Years off Life

A meta-analysis found that being of low socioeconomic status was associated with almost as many years of lost life as was a sedentary lifestyle. 

March 17, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Early-Life Microbes Ward Off Asthma

Exposure to specific microbes when an infant is less than a year old seems to have a protective effect against the child's eventual acquisition of asthma. 

March 14, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

How to Find Loooong Gravitational Waves

The gravitational waves found last year were short compared with the monster waves that could be turned up by what's called Pulsar Timing Arrays.  

March 6, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Medical Marijuana Faces Fed's Catch-22

Doing large studies of marijuana's potential as medicine means getting it removed from an official federal list of substances with no official medical use—which requires more proof of its potential as medicine.

February 27, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

2 Words Trigger CDC to Stay Quiet

Researchers and administrators at the CDC dare not utter the words guns or firearms for fear of budget cuts from Congress, according to health policy researcher David Hemenway.  

February 17, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Churchill's Extraterrestrials

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio writes in the journal Nature and talks to Scientific American about the recently rediscovered essay by Winston Churchill that analyzed with impressive scientific accuracy the conditions under which extraterrestrial life might exist.    

February 15, 2017 — Mario Livio and Steve Mirsky

Rapid-Response Vaccines for Epidemic Outbreaks

Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Gates Foundation, talks to Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the efforts to create vaccine platforms for rapid responses to epidemics.  

January 30, 2017 — Mariette DiChristina and Steve Mirsky

Exit Interview: Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren

Scientific American executive editor Fred Guterl talks with Pres. Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, about climate science, space travel, the issue of reproducibility in science, the brain initiative and more. 

January 19, 2017 — Fred Guterl and Steve Mirsky