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Heat Sensor Has Snaky Sensitivity

Researchers have developed a heat sensor that can detect temperature changes of just ten thousandths of a degree Celsius—comparable with the sensitivity of pit vipers. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 15, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Rapid-Response Vaccines for Epidemic Outbreaks

Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Gates Foundation, talks to Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the efforts to create vaccine platforms for rapid responses to epidemics. 

January 30, 2017 — Mariette DiChristina and Steve Mirsky

LSD's Long, Strange Trip Explained

When LSD binds to serotonin receptors, it pulls a "lid" closed behind it, locking it in place for hours, and explaining its long-lasting effects. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

January 26, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Knot Not Easy to Knot

Chemists have synthesized the most complex molecular knot ever, using a strand just 192 atoms long. The advance could lead to new tougher materials. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 18, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

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