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Mining for Online Game Gold and Other Amazing Stories

Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks about the January issue, including articles on the chances of conditions conducive to life elsewhere in the multiverse and the growing practice of virtual gold farming, in which legions of online game players in developing countries acquire currency in the game that they sell to other players for real money...

January 15, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Prion evolution takes lessons on diversification from viruses

When prions are transferred from one species to another—like from sheep and cows to mice in the laboratory or to humans in the case of the fatally neurodegenerative variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease—new forms of the infectious proteins can emerge over time that make them deadly to the new host...

January 1, 2010 — Carina Storrs

The Truth about Nanobacteria

Once believed to be the smallest pathogens known, nanobacteria have now proved to be something almost as strange. They do play a role in health—just not the one originally thought

December 23, 2009 — John D. Young and Jan Martel

Copenhagen and Everywhere Else 's David Biello is in Copenhagen at the climate conference, and he'll tell us what's going on there. And the Wildlife Conservation Society's Steven Sanderson discusses his Foreign Affairs article, "Where the Wild Things Were," worldwide conservation and the Everglades...

December 18, 2009 — Steve Mirsky

Mimicking red blood cells to improve drug delivery

Biomedical breakthroughs rarely outdo nature itself—despite our ever-increasing knowledge of new materials and processes. So that's why one group working on drug dispersal is looking, not to novel delivery systems, but rather to replicate the natural dynamics of blood cells...

December 14, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
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