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Science Briefs from around the World

Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about a 70-million-year-old mollusk fossil that reveals years back then had a few more days than we have now...

June 24, 2020 — Sarah Lewin Frasier

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

Skinny Genes Tell Fat to Burn

A gene whose mutated form is associated with cancer in humans turns out to have a role in burning calories over a long evolutionary history.

May 22, 2020 — Karen Hopkin

Lemur Flirting Uses Common Scents

To entice female ring-tailed lemurs, males rub wrist secretions, which include compounds we use in perfumes, onto their tail and then wave it near the gals.

May 11, 2020 — Jason G. Goldman

Where Is Everybody Else in the Universe?

Guest host W. Wayt Gibbs talks with Jason Wright, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, about what’s known as the Fermi paradox: In a universe of trillions of planets, where is everybody?...

April 27, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs

COVID-19: The Need for Secure Labs—and Their Risks

Coronavirus research requires high-containment labs. Journalist Elisabeth Eaves talks with Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs about her article “The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs,” a joint project of the New Yorker and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ...

April 3, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky
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