Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, take a deeper look at two short articles from the Advances news section of the December issue, on counterfeit whiskeys and the effect of real ecstasy...on octopuses.
Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, host a new podcast that takes a deeper look at short articles from the Advances news section of the magazine.
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Signals long thought to be “noise” appear to represent a distinct form of brain activity
From a rollback of environmental protections to attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, here’s a look at the president’s impact on science-related issues
But the White House memo completely omits climate science and space, emphasizing military tech and basic R&D
Studying the dreaming brain offers a window on consciousness
It pays to get the time spent on a device just right
New research suggests our last common ancestor with these monkeys possessed the vocal machinery needed to speak
Fourth- and eighth-graders score better than before, but weak gains and overall poor marks hint at long way to go
The winning team's robot, a humanoid design that could transform into a wheeled kneeling position, finished all eight tasks in less than 45 minutes
Subjects tricked into thinking that they were invisible sweated less when a brush stroke was applied
A study reveals that people's "fish stories" are usually exaggerated when compared with scientific reports of body sizes for marine creatures
Dolphins can sense magnetism, suggesting that they track Earth’s magnetic field to navigate through the water
Flock to this: A new analysis of anatomical features shows birds evolved gradually from dinosaurs
The holes are likely a type of sinkhole formed from melting permafrost or ice, which most likely erupted due to a collection of natural gas within the underground spaces
The coupling of the space rock that crashed into Earth with a period of low diversity among herbivorous dinosaurs may have set the stage for the massive die-off 65-million years ago
Evidence of featherlike structures have been found for the first time in the fossil of a plant-eating dinosaur rather than the dinosaur lineage closely related to birds
An old Soviet-era, self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile could have been used to take down the flight that was shot down, killing 298 people