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Why Whale Waste Matters

A decline in whales means less whale poop—and disruptions in the ocean's nutrient cycle.

March 11, 2016 — Shelley Sandiford and Lydia Chain

I Survived Ebola--Now What?

Josephine Karwah's community in Smell No Taste, Liberia, slowly welcomed her back after she was deemed virus-free. But although she participates in events like her sister's wedding, Karwah's life is not quite back to normal...

March 10, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

3-D Printed Trilobites

In his spare time, D. Allan Drummond, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, fuses art and science to create lifelike trilobite sculptures...

January 26, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and D. Allan Drummond

Profile of Mercury--in Images

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft orbited Mercury for four years before its planned plunge and crash into the planet’s surface on April 30, 2015. On May 6, 2016, NASA, the USGS and their university partners showed what they had accomplished during the mission...

May 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

The U.S.'s Quietest Places

If you are looking for some quiet zones in America, then this map is for you. National Park Service researchers recorded and mapped ambient sound from all over the country. 

May 29, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and David Biello

High Heels, High Risk

Shoe-related dangers lurk underfoot. The rate of high heel–related injuries doubled over a 10-year period, and most of those injuries happened in a place you might not expect.

June 7, 2015

Parrot Fish Poop Makes Beautiful Beaches

The beautiful white sand beaches and reefs of tropical areas around the world exist largely thanks to parrot fish droppings.– Benjamin Meyers, Julia Rosen, Eliene Augenbraun ...

June 10, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers, Julia Rosen and Eliene Augenbraun

The Science of Online Dating

Looking to get ahead in the online dating world? Science has evidence for some surprising tips.—Eliene Augenbraun, Christopher Intagliata

June 11, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Christopher Intagliata

Gratitude on the Brain

It takes a lot of brain power – and many parts of the brain - to fully give thanks.

November 24, 2015 — Jayde Lovell and Bec Susan Gill

Epic Math Battles: Go versus Atoms

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?...

May 19, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Retrieving the Dead from the Bottom of the Mediterranean

An old fishing boat, only 20 meters long but packed with as many as 950 would-be migrants from Libya, sank off the coast of Italy on April 18, 2015. A year later the Italian government is trying to recover and identify the bodies now trapped under 400 meters of water...

May 13, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Richard Garriott's Cabinet of the Universe, Part 1: The Big Bang

Richard Garriott, video game developer and space entrepreneur, explains how he and his wife collected enough artifacts to illustrate the entire history of the universe. In this video he takes us back to the very beginning...

December 23, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

Listen to the Sounds of Knees Cracking

Eavesdropping on the creaks and groans of an athlete’s knee could help doctors track healing after injury or surgery.

August 19, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Christopher Intagliata

Filling Up on the Fly

When the Air Force needs to fly their fuel-hungry fighter jets across oceans and continents without landing, they rely on flying gas stations like the KC-10 Extender tanker to keep them aloft...

October 9, 2015 — Michael Battaglia, Liz Tormes and Benjamin Meyers

Why Humans Won't Go beyond Mars

In his new book, the founding executive director of the Planetary Society contends that humans will make it to Mars, but robots will go much farther.

November 13, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine