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How to Foil

Understanding the human factors that make people vulnerable to online criminals can improve both security training and technology

December 3, 2008 — Lorrie Faith Cranor

Why Do Men Buy Sex?

Some researchers say johns seek intimacy on demand; others believe these men typically want to use and dominate women

December 3, 2008 — Nikolas Westerhoff

The Truth about Hypocrisy

Charges of hypocrisy can be surprisingly irrelevant and often distract us from more important concerns

December 3, 2008 — Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse

Bookshelf science

Editor's note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the sixth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com 's In-Depth Report on the "Future of the Poles." McMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA—For a geologist, Antarctica can be a very frustrating continent.  Stepping off an aircraft onto the ice, one is greeted by a 12,000-foot smoking volcano on one side and a mountain range rising about 14,000 feet on the other.  This would appear to be a geologist's dream.  The problem is the ice...

December 2, 2008 — Robin Bell

Obama's new tech, innovation and government reform team

President-elect Barack Obama recently appointed a team of advisors to make good on his campaign pledge to elevate the use of technology and encourage consumers to use the Internet to keep tabs on the government's activities...

December 1, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

AIDS Today--And Tomorrow

On World AIDS Day, we look at the outcome of PEPFAR, President Bush's international AIDS program, the aftermath of a controversial HIV-prevention trial, and the future of microbicides--women-controlled AIDS prevention...

December 1, 2008

Black Friday warning: video games waste energy and contribute to global warming

If you're planning this holiday season (perhaps even today) to become one of the tens of millions of people in the U.S. to buy a video game system, you  may want to consider how the purchase of a Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation or Microsoft Xbox will impact your carbon footprint (or, at very least, your electric bill)...

November 28, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
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