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Lasers ID Insects by Wing Beats

Using laser sensing of insect wing beats, plus location and time of day, researchers report 99 percent accuracy identifying individuals in a group of six insect species. A future surveillance system would be of interest to farmers and insect-borne disease monitors...

May 7, 2014 — Cynthia Graber
Breaking the Code: The Creativity of Technology

Creativity and Technology: Closing the Perception Gap

So many people are stifled by their own preconceived beliefs about what they can and can't do. That's a shame and in our household we try hard to remove "can't" from our vocabulary. The biggest tragedy is when someone is afraid of, or steered away from, trying by stereotypes and social norms that are in a large [...]..

May 5, 2014 — William Murphy

Happy 90th Birthday, Evelyn Boyd Granville!

Evelyn Boyd Granville, the second African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics, turns 90 today (May 1, 2014). I first heard her name in a talk by Patricia Kenschaft about African American mathematicians...

May 1, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb
Fox News Tells SciAm Editor Not to Talk About Climate Change

Fox News Tells SciAm Editor Not to Talk About Climate Change

This morning I appeared on the nation’s number-one-rated morning show, Fox and Friends. Afterwards I tweeted out a few things that have garnered some attention, including this: Fox & Friends producer wanted to talk about future trends...

April 30, 2014 — Michael Moyer
SciAm Readers Prioritize MP3s Over MPGs

SciAm Readers Prioritize MP3s Over MPGs

Thank you for your input as no less than 100 readers were kind enough to participate in my not-so-scientific survey of what is least important to them, when given a choice to give up one item ranging between a TV, vehicle, laptop/tablet, and a smartphone...

April 30, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Catfishing: The Truth About Deception Online

The growing popularity of online dating The dating scene has been changing over the last decade. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005...

April 25, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

Lytro Camera Refocuses on Upscale Audience

The Lytro Illum camera system allows refocusing of a photo after it's taken. It's faster guts and more professional design make the camera more attractive—and pricier—than its predecessor...

April 25, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

AOL E-Mail Accounts Churn Out New Spam

Spammers have broken into AOL's mail server to hijack accounts' address books and send tons of spam to those contacts  

April 24, 2014 — Jillian Scharr and Tom's Guide

Zooniverse Condor Watch

Help researchers better understand the social dynamic of condors by identifying them in photos taken all across California

April 22, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
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