Scientific American Magazine Vol 327 Issue 5

Scientific American

Volume 327, Issue 5

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Citizens' Assemblies Are Upgrading Democracy: Fair Algorithms Are Part of the Program

Math helps to randomly select the fairest citizens’ assemblies since antiquity

Fossils Upend Conventional Wisdom about Evolution of Human Bipedalism

For most of human evolution, multiple species with different ways of walking upright coexisted

Some People Who Appear to Be in a Coma May Actually Be Conscious

Brain scans reveal that some people who can’t speak or move are aware of the world around them

Antarctica's Collapse Could Begin Even Sooner Than Anticipated

Two expeditions to the Thwaites Ice Shelf have revealed that it could splinter apart in less than a decade, hastening sea-level rise worldwide

Rule-Breaking Particles Pop Up in Experiments around the World

Several physics measurements suggest that novel particles and forces exist in the universe

Engineered Metamaterials Can Trick Light and Sound into Mind-Bending Behavior

Advanced materials can modify waves, creating optical illusions and useful technologies


News Briefs from around the World: November 2022
This Carnivorous Plant Has a Rain-Powered Trap
Scientists Ruin Delicious Seabass to Probe Why Some Organs Don't Fossilize
In a First, Scientists See How Water Stores Extra Protons
Which Animals Catch COVID? This Database Has Dozens of Species and Counting
Silkworms Spin a Potential Microplastics Substitute
What Makes Animals Cannibals?
Geologic Activity Lets Microbes Mingle Deep Underground
Dolphins Whistle Their Names with Complex, Expressive Patterns
See Iceland Aglow in Volcanic Eruptions
Scientists Invent a Paper Battery--Just Add Water
Readers Respond to the July 2022 Issue
Parasites Revealed to Be 'Unseen Influencers' of All Ecosystems
The Science of Health
Are Gas Stoves Bad for Our Health?
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: November 2022
The Science Agenda
We Need 50 More Years of the Clean Water Act
Poem: 'Mosses'
Why Scientists Got the Fast Pace of Arctic Warming Wrong
From the Editor
Fun Details about the Human Side of Science
Graphic Science
See How Much Climate Change Has Cost Different Countries
Mind Matters
In Schools, Honest Talk about Racism Can Reduce Discrimination
The Federal Government Should Decriminalize Marijuana