Scientific American Magazine Vol 324 Issue 3

Scientific American

Volume 324, Issue 3

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You Can Get through This Dark Pandemic Winter Using Tips from Disaster Psychology

Deaths are surging, and mental health is strained. But coping strategies people use amid other catastrophes can help

Asteroid Dust from Hayabusa2 Could Solve a Mystery of Planet Creation

The enigmatic origins of chondrules—tiny inclusions in most meteorites—may be revealed at last, thanks in part to pristine material returned to Earth from asteroid Ryugu

An Ancient Proto-City Reveals the Origin of Home

The 9,000-year-old settlement of Çatalhöyük in Turkey shows how humans began putting down roots

The Race to Find Alien Moons

Astronomers are hunting for the first moon around a planet beyond our solar system

What Scientists Have Learned from 100 Years of Bird Banding

A rich archive of data has illuminated the secret lives of birds

From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

Protest expert Aldon Morris explains how social justice movements succeed


Graphic Science
Sunlight Changes Unequally All Year Long
A Tsunami Likely Hurled Huge Rocks onto a Tiny Island
Will Trackless Trams Gain Traction in the U.S.?
Prehistoric Plankton Became Predators to Survive a Mass Extinction
Future Astronauts Could Phone Home with Lasers
This Mars-Studying Scientist May Be the First Woman to Walk on the Moon
Pilot Whales Show Possible Orca-Mimicking Repertoire
In Case You Missed It
An Octopus Could Be the Next Model Organism
How You Can Help Stop Invasive Spotted Lanternflies
From the Editor
Social Justice Movements, Exomoons and a Century of Bird Banding
The Military's Role in Oceanography, Deadly Pharmaceutical Negligence, and Other New Science Books
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: March 2021
Expert Opinion Can't Be Trusted if You Consult the Wrong Sort of Expert
The Science of Health
7 Ways to Reduce Reluctance to Take COVID Vaccines
The Science Agenda
Biden Must Take Immediate Action to Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War
Poem: States of Matter
Readers Respond to the November 2020 Issue
More Scientists Should Join the Diplomatic Corps