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Stories by Steve Mirsky

Warming Arctic on Thin Ice

Scientific American collections editor Andrea Gawrylewski talks to managing editor Curtis Brainard about how warming in the Arctic affects us all. And glaciologist Elizabeth Case takes us out near Juneau to study and live on the shifting ice...

January 31, 2019 — Elizabeth Case and Steve Mirsky

Ultima Thule and the Apes of Earth

As the New Horizons mission approached Ultima Thule, Rowan University paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara put our close-up study of the Kuiper Belt object into a deep-time perspective.

January 3, 2019 — Steve Mirsky

Meet the Real Ravenmaster

Christopher Skaife talks about his new book The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London, in front of a live audience at Caveat, “the speakeasy bar for intelligent nightlife" in Lower Manhattan...

December 18, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Mars Mission Makes Clean Landing

The sounds of the Mars InSight Mission control room during the tense minutes leading to the landing on the surface.

November 26, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 2

Pulitzer Priz​e–winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her book The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the 20th Century, Part 2...

November 22, 2018 — Deborah Blum and Steve Mirsky

The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 1

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her book The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the 20th Century, Part 1...

November 21, 2018 — Deborah Blum and Steve Mirsky

First Benefit of Knowing Your Genome

The "low hanging fruit" of genome-related health care will be knowing which drugs are likely to treat you best, says science journalist Carl Zimmer.

November 2, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Economics Nobel Highlights Climate Action Necessity

William Nordhaus shared the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis,” with Paul Romer, "for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis."...

October 9, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Nobel in Physics for Controlling Laser Light

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland share the 2018 physics Nobel for their work with lasers that have led to numerous practical applications, such as eye surgery.

October 2, 2018 — Steve Mirsky
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