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Count On Steves to Defend Darwin

The National Center for Science Education initiated Project Steve in 2003 to count scientists named Steve (or Stephanie) who accept evolution, in response to lists of anti-evolution PhDs. The long-running effort, also a tribute to Stephen Jay Gould, crowned its thousandth Steve, a proxy for approximately 100,000 scientists, at last week's AAAS meeting. Steve Mirsky reports

February 20, 2009

Steve Ashley on the Coming Water Crisis

Scientific American editor Steve Ashley talks about the future of fresh water and the steps we can take to ensure that we all have potable water in the years ahead. Steve Mirsky reports

July 23, 2008

Forest Elephants Get a Fair Hearing

The Elephant Listening Project, associated with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is recording thousands of hours of forest elephant vocalizations. Steve Mirsky reports


April 10, 2014 — Steve Mirsky

Genius Grant Goes to Science Historian

New MacArthur Fellow Pamela Long studies the scientific revolution as a result of the interactions of academics and hands-on infrastructure engineers in the 15th and 16th centuries. Steve Mirsky reports


September 17, 2014 — Steve Mirsky

Half-Century Anniversary of a Mars Mishap

November 5th marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Mariner 3, America’s first mission to Mars, which was lost in space. Steve Mirsky reports


November 5, 2014 — Ken Croswell and Steve Mirsky

Ebola Efforts Helped by Flu Shots

Should Ebola continue to crop up in the U.S., having fewer people coming to emergency rooms with the similar symptoms of flu will help the public health system respond. Steve Mirsky reports


October 24, 2014 — Steve Mirsky

"We Are on the Comet!"

Some sounds from the Rosetta Mission team today after they succeeded in landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Steve Mirsky reports


November 12, 2014 — Steve Mirsky

2011 Nobel Prize in Physics

Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Reiss share the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for their observations that type Ia supernovae indicate that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Steve Mirsky reports

October 4, 2011

Nobelist Steitz: Smart Lunches Can Lead to Great Science

At the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 2009 chemistry laureate Thomas Steitz recalled the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge in the 1960s, and how informal conversations helped nurture great science. Steve Mirsky reports

July 18, 2011

Super NOVA: The Dover Scopes Trial

The latest episode of NOVA is a two-hour examination of the 2005 Dover, PA, intelligent design-evolution trial. Steve Mirsky reports. See

November 14, 2007

2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Daniel Shechtman of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology for the discovery of quasicrystals--infinite, non-repeating ordered materials. Steve Mirsky reports

October 5, 2011

Imagine A 200-Pound Armadillo

A new fossil find of a giant version of today's armadillos shows that the high country of Chile was once low-lying grassland. Steve Mirsky explains. With reporting by Harvey Black.

December 12, 2007

Science Societies Urge Education

A consortium of scientific societies wants the scientific community to get more involved in science education, including evolution--before it's too late. Steve Mirsky reports.

January 3, 2008

Invasion of Privacy: A Conversation with Larry Greenemeier's Larry Greenemeier talks about your privacy and the threats to it. See our privacy package online at, as well as the September special single-topic issue of Scientific American. Steve Mirsky reports

August 18, 2008

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath for studies of the protein-manufacturing ribosome, with implications for antibiotic development. Steve Mirsky reports

October 7, 2009

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