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Stories by Steve Mirsky

A Breakdown of Beavers

Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb talks about his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

December 30, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Election Science Stakes: Technology

We wrap up our preelection series with Scientific American senior editor Jen Schwartz, who talks about the possible effects of the election results on technology development and use.&..

November 1, 2020 — Jen Schwartz and Steve Mirsky

Election Science Stakes: Energy

Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti and associate editor Andrea Thompson talk about this election and the future of U.S. energy research and policy.

October 30, 2020 — Andrea Thompson, Mark Fischetti and Steve Mirsky

Election Science Stakes: Climate

Scientific American’s associate editor for sustainability Andrea Thompson talks about how climate science and policy will be affected by this election.

October 28, 2020 — Andrea Thompson and Steve Mirsky

Nobelist Talks CRISPR Uses

New Nobel laureate in chemistry Jennifer Doudna talks about various applications of the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

October 8, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

New Nobel Laureate Talks Today’s Virology

Charles Rice, who today shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, talked about how rapidly research now occurs, compared with his early work...

October 5, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Bread Science: A Yeasty Conversation

“Baking is applied microbiology,” according to the book Modernist Bread . During pandemic lockdowns, many people started baking their own bread. Scientific American contributing editor W...

August 24, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky

The Coming or Possibly Nearly Here Storm

Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest sci-fi thriller The Coming Storm, which warns about the consequences of unethical scientific research and of ignoring the scientific findings you don’t like...

August 13, 2020 — Mark Alpert and Steve Mirsky

COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Who Gets It First and Other Issues

Contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs spoke with Arthur Caplan, head of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s division of medical ethics, about some of the ethical issues that researchers have to consider in testing and distributing vaccines against COVID-19...

August 6, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs, Scott Hershberger and Steve Mirsky

How Your Homes and Buildings Affect You

Journalist and author Emily Anthes talks about her book The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness.

July 30, 2020 — Emily Anthes and Steve Mirsky
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