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Stories by Steve Mirsky

Gophers versus the Volcano

Pocket gophers survived the Mount Saint Helens eruption in their underground burrows and immediately went to work bringing back the ecosystem. 

May 9, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Take the Tube: Underground as a Way of Life

Emory University paleontologist, geologist and ichnologist Anthony J. Martin talks about his new book, The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers and the Marvelous Subterranean World beneath Our Feet.  

May 3, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Killer Cats Bash Biodiversity

Conservation biologist Peter Marra talks with journalist Rene Ebersole about the threat of outdoor cats to wild animals and to human health. Marra is the co-author, with writer Chris Santella, of the book Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer.
 

April 24, 2017 — Rene Ebersole and Steve Mirsky

Why One Researcher Marched for Science

Lisa Klein, from the materials science and engineering department at Rutgers University, commented on the March for Science at an April 21 talk to the chemistry department at Lehman College in the Bronx. 

April 22, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Dogging It: Turning Wild Foxes into Man's Second-Best Friend

Evolutionary biologist and science historian Lee Dugatkin talks about the legendary six-decade Siberian experiment in fox domestication run by Lyudmila Trut, his co-author of a new book and Scientific American article about the research. 

April 18, 2017 — Lee Dugatkin and 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.  

March 28, 2017 — 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

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