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Magic and the Brain: How Magicians

Magicians have been testing and exploiting the limits of cognition and attention for hundreds of years. Neuroscientists are just beginning to catch up

November 24, 2008 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik

Titan's Rival: Enceladus

Saturn's small, snow and ice–covered moon, Enceladus, only 310 miles (500 kilometers) across, has made a big impact on astronomers. On a series of close flybys in 2004, the Cassini spacecraft revealed a great deal of unexpected activity bursting forth from this frozen world, which travels with 33 other named satellites in Saturn's domain over 740 million miles from Earth...

November 21, 2008 — Christie Nicholson and Michael Battaglia
Predicting Floods in a Flash

Predicting Floods in a Flash

By measuring radiation from lightning strikes, researchers are putting together a system to quickly predict the locations of flash floods. Steve Mirsky reports

November 21, 2008

Farmed fish can be organic, too, ag advisors say

What exactly makes a fish organic? Apparently, one that feeds on a nonorganic diet.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advisory panel says that producers should be allowed to slap organic labels on farmed fish even if their diets include wild fish and other feed that isn’t organic itself—definitions that environmentalists say depart from the criteria for other certified organic animal food products...

November 20, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Bush moves may endanger Endangered Species Act

The Bush Administration's push for "midnight regulations" in the last moments of office continues.

In the next 24 hours, the Bush is expected to relax requirements for federal environmental officials to sign off on building projects that pose a threat to species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)...

November 20, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Obama won't Bush-whack climate change

You may recall that President George W. Bush pledged to do something about climate change when campaigning for the presidency back in 2000—but reneged on that promise once in office...

November 19, 2008 — David Biello

Getting to Antarctica--Or not

Editor's Note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the first of her updates on the effort as part of Scientific American.com 's In-depth Report on "The Future of the Poles." CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (11/16/08)--Things have improved since the days of ship and dog sleds, but it still is not easy to get to the center of Antarctica...

November 18, 2008 — Robin Bell
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