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"Mona Lisa Effect" Not True for Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa effect is the illusion that the subject of a painting follows you with her gaze, despite where you stand. But da Vinci's famous painting doesn't have that quality. Christopher Intagliata reports.

20 hours ago — Christopher Intagliata

Fake Whiskeys and Octo-Ecstasy

Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, take a deeper look at two short articles from the Advances news section of the December issue, on counterfeit whiskeys and the effect of real ecstasy...on octopuses.

January 14, 2019 — Andrea Gawrylewski and Tanya Lewis

Gene Therapy Targets Epilepsy

Anti-seizure medication doesn’t work in every person with epilepsy. But a treatment option is emerging that would spare the need for brain surgery.

January 14, 2019 — Liam Drew

Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

The drowsiness we experience after a hearty Thanksgiving meal is usually blamed on the amino acid tryptophan, which turkey supposedly has an extra helping of. Or does it? Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr investigates.

November 21, 2018