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Machines That Translate Wants into Actions  
Neuroscience

Machines That Translate Wants into Actions  

A new generation of brain-machine interface can deduce what a person wants

By Richard Andersen
Rebuilt Wetlands Can Protect Shorelines Better Than Walls
Conservation

Rebuilt Wetlands Can Protect Shorelines Better Than Walls

Fortified wetlands can protect shorelines better than hard structures

By Rowan Jacobsen
How the World's First Dengue Vaccination Drive Ended in Disaster
Public Health

How the World's First Dengue Vaccination Drive Ended in Disaster

Is a runaway immune reaction making a dengue vaccine dangerous?

By Seema Yasmin and Madhusree Mukerjee
Quantum Gravity in the Lab
Physics

Quantum Gravity in the Lab

Physicists attempting to unify the theories of gravity and quantum mechanics have long thought practical experiments were out of reach, but new proposals offer a chance to test the quantum nature of gravity on a tabletop...

By Tim Folger
A Drug Shows an Astonishing Ability to Regenerate Damaged Hearts and Other Body Parts
Medical & Biotech

A Drug Shows an Astonishing Ability to Regenerate Damaged Hearts and Other Body Parts

A once abandoned drug compound shows an ability to rebuild organs damaged by illness and injury

By Kevin Strange and Viravuth Yin
Shocking Secrets of the Electric Eel
Biology

Shocking Secrets of the Electric Eel

Investigations into how the electric eel uses electricity have revealed astonishing insights into the creature's physiology and behavior

By Kenneth C. Catania
How Calculus Was the Unsung Hero in the Fight against HIV
Math

How Calculus Was the Unsung Hero in the Fight against HIV

The story of a differential equation and a medical breakthrough

By Steven Strogatz

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  • Implicit Biases toward Race and Sexuality Have Decreased  

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  • How to Turn Failure into Success  

  • Computer Program Measures the Entropy of Art

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  • Forum

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  • The Science Agenda

    The World Health Organization Gives the Nod to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Bad Idea

  • Recommended

    A New View of Life on Earth, the Paradox of Quantum Reality and Other New Science Books

  • Anti Gravity

    How Some U.S. Cities Saw 70 Degree F Temperature Swings between January and February

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    1969: We Used Flints for Threshing; 1919: We Wanted Airships for Travel

  • Graphic Science

    Scientific American Is the Source of More Than 1,000 New Terms

  • The Intersection

    YouTube's Recommendation Algorithm Has a Dark Side

  • Ventures

    Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

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