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Stories by 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

African-Americans, Nature and Environmental Justice

Journalist Bob Hirshon reports from the Taking Nature Black conference, reporter Shahla Farzan talks about tracking copperhead snakes, and nanoscientist Ondrej Krivanek discusses microscopes with subangstrom resolution...

July 21, 2020 — Bob Hirshon, Shahla Farzan and Steve Mirsky

How Nature Helps Body and Soul

Journalist and author Florence Williams talks about her book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative.

June 27, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Science on the Hill: Calculating Climate

For the fourth Science on the Hill event, Future Climate: What We Know, What We Don’t, experts talked with Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti about what goes into modeling our climate—and how such models are used in addition to long-term climate prediction...

June 18, 2020 — Mark Fischetti and Steve Mirsky

No, No Nobel: How to Lose the Prize

Physicist Brian Keating talks about his book Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor.

May 19, 2020 — Steve Mirsky
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