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Stories by Steve Mirsky

Nobel in Physiology or Medicine for How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to William G. Kaelin, Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.” They identified molecular machinery that regulates gene activity in response to changing levels of oxygen...

October 7, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

The Mathematical Language of Nature

Physics historian Graham Farmelo talks about his latest book, The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.

September 24, 2019 — Graham Farmelo and Steve Mirsky

A Nobel Economist Cites Growth as Innovation

Paul Romer, an expert in what’s known as endogenous growth theory and winner of the 2018 Nobel prize in economics, speaks to Scientific American about seeing economic growth as increased value, akin to when ingredients in a recipe are used to create a dish worth more than the original raw materials...

September 18, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

It’s Melting: Science on Ice

Glaciologist Elizabeth Case of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University’s Earth Institute takes us out near Juneau, Alaska, to study and live on the shifting ice...

July 21, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Joseph Lange’s Campaign against HIV

Seema Yasmin, director of research and education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, talks about her book The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic...

July 17, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Bone Up on What’s Inside You

Author and self-described fossil fanatic Brian Switek talks about his new book Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone.

June 25, 2019 — Brian Switek and Steve Mirsky

Solving Our Plastic Problem

At Scientific American 's third Science on the Hill event, experts from academia and the private sector met at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to talk with Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about solutions to our plethora-of-plastics problem...

June 19, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

A Biodegradable Label Doesn’t Make It So

At the third Scientific American “Science on the Hill” event, “Solving the Plastic Waste Problem”, one of the issues discussed by experts on Capitol Hill was biodegradability.   ...

June 12, 2019 — Steve Mirsky
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