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Editors' Roundtable: Science Conference Reports

Scientific American editors Christine Gorman, Robin Lloyd, Michael Moyer and Kate Wong talk about their recent trips to different science conferences: the meetings of the Association for Health Care Journalists, the Paleoanthropology Society, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and an M.I.T...

April 21, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

Electronic health records face human hurdles more than technological ones

PHILADELPHIA—In medicine, there's the patient and there's the chart. And the chart is paper.

That's the stereotype. Actually, about 20 to 30 percent of all primary care physicians in the nation now use basic electronic health records, according to David Blumenthal, a Harvard Medical School professor who was the national coordinator for health information technology in the Obama Administration until a week ago...

April 16, 2011 — Robin Lloyd
Watson Looks for Work

Watson Looks for Work

What's next for the artificially intelligent Jeopardy! champion?

April 11, 2011 — Michael Moyer

Physicists entangle a record-breaking 14 quantum bits

Quantum information science is a bit like classroom management—the larger the group, the harder it is to keep everything together.

But to build a practical quantum computer physicists will need many particles working in synchrony as quantum bits, or quibits...

April 5, 2011 — John Matson
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