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Stories by Steve Mirsky

Exit Interview: Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren

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

22 hours ago — Fred Guterl and Steve Mirsky

We're Taking You to Bellevue

Pulitzer Prize–winning N.Y.U. historian David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, talks about his latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital.  

January 17, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Best Science Books of 2016

Barbara Kiser, books and arts editor at Nature, talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three works about the little-known history of women mathematicians. 

December 31, 2016 — Barbara Kiser and Steve Mirsky

Getting Robots to Say No

Gordon Briggs, a postdoc at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, talks about the article he and Matthias Scheutz, director of the Human Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University, wrote in the January Scientific American titled "The Case for Robot Disobedience." 

December 21, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

How Myths Evolve over Time and Migrations

Julien d’Huy, of the Pantheon–Sorbonne University in Paris, talks about the use of evolutionary theory and computer modeling in the comparative analysis of myths and folktales, the subject of his article in the December 2016 Scientific American.    

November 15, 2016 — Julien d'Huy and Steve Mirsky

Flint's Water and Environmental Justice

The University of Michigan's Paul Mohai, a leading researcher of issues related to environmental justice, talked about the Flint water crisis at a workshop sponsored by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, attended by Scientific American contributing editor Robin Lloyd.  

October 17, 2016 — Robin Lloyd and Steve Mirsky

Nobel in Physics for Secrets of Exotic Matter

David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.  

October 4, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Nobel Prize Explainer: Autophagy

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan for his discoveries concerning autophagy. Following the announcement, journalist Lotta Fredholm spoke to Juleen Zierath, chair of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, about the research.   

October 3, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Stand Up for Science Journalism!

Staying informed has never been more important.