Scientific American Magazine Vol 326 Issue 5

Scientific American

Volume 326, Issue 5

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What Birds Really Listen for in Birdsong (It's Not What You Think)

Birds seem to pay more attention to fine acoustic details that humans cannot hear than to the melodies that captivate us

Innovative Fish Farms Aim to Feed the Planet, Save Jobs and Clean Up an Industry's Dirty Reputation

From giant land-based salmon tanks to submersible shellfish platforms, experiments in aquaculture are dotting Maine’s coasts

The Scientists Fighting for Parasite Conservation

Parasites play an outsize role in balancing ecosystems, and some species may be in danger

This Amazonian Indigenous Group Has Lessons in Sustainable Living for All of Us

The Apiwtxa community has designed a way to live with, rather than off, nature

How to Fix Quantum Computing Bugs

The same physics that makes quantum computers powerful also makes them finicky. New techniques aim to correct errors faster than they can build up

Omicron's Surprising Anatomy Explains Why It Is Wildly Contagious

Specific mutations hide the COVID-causing variant from the immune system and give it a new route into more cells


It's Time for Science to Take Down Bullies in Its Own Ranks
Kitchen Sponges Help Breed Bacteria Better
Science News Briefs from around the World: May 2022
New Tech Conveys Emotional Touch Long-Distance
Mysterious 'Retron' DNA Helps Scientists Edit Human Genes
Mosquitoes See Red (Literally) when They Smell Human Breath
Drones Could Spot Crime Scenes from Afar
Tired Adults May Learn Language like Children Do
Pollen Grains Carry Hundreds of Plant Viruses
Hummingbirds Choose How Much to Chill Down
Chewing Gum with GMO Could Reduce the Spread of COVID
Thousands of Tree Species Remain Unknown to Science
AI Outraces Human Champs at the Video Game Gran Turismo
From the Editor
Birdsong, Quantum Computing, Omicron's Mutations, and More
The Science of Health
New Antiobesity Drugs Help People Shed Dozens of Pounds, but They Must Be Taken for a Lifetime
Graphic Science
Coral Reefs Are Struggling, but There Is Some Good News
The Science Agenda
Cryptocurrencies and NFTs Are a Buyer Beware Market
Female Birds Sing, Too
Poem: 'The Algorithm'
Inside an Arctic Expedition, Natural History of Fragrance, Essays on Places in Peril, and More
Readers Respond to the January 2022 Issue
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: May 2022
Mind Matters
Other People Don't Think You're a Mess