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Jupiter, Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

Juno, NASA’s new mission to Jupiter, reaches the giant planet on July 4, 2016. Among its many firsts, Juno will peer deeper than ever before beneath the Jovian clouds and will deliver the first interplanetary LEGO kit...

June 24, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

What Makes Spiders Scary

Scientists hope to learn whether arachnophobes' perception of spiders as larger than actual size causes their fear—or whether it is the fearfulness itself that causes their visual misperception...

July 12, 2016 — Shelley Sandiford and Jason G. Goldman

Virtual Reality Gets Real

This generation of VR is cheaper and more accessible than its predecessors. Some of it is even driven by smartphones. Click here for even more information.

December 4, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier and Benjamin Meyers

Food Everywhere Fuels Obesity

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research blames 40 percent of the rise in obesity on the ubiquity of supercenters, warehouse clubs, and restaurantsBy Eliene Augenbraun and Gretchen Cuda Kroen...

June 3, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Gretchen Cuda Kroen

General Relativity at the Beach

A hammock turns out to be the perfect place to contemplate spacetime, especially if you happen to have some coconuts

September 8, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Clara Moskowitz

Wolves Howl in Local Dialects

Canid species all over the world vocalize the same 21 ideas but have different regional ways of expressing them​.

April 26, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Jason G. Goldman

Birds Benefit When Gators Guard

And so do the alligators—they protect bird nests from egg-stealing raccoons and other predators, but they don’t work for free.

March 25, 2016 — Lydia Chain

M.I.T.'s Maglev Hyperloop Pod

Students tackle the challenge of taking mass transit to the speed of sound as they gear up for the next round of Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition.

May 14, 2016 — Jennifer Berglund

Epic Math Battles: LEGO versus Trees

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of tiny LEGO bricks it would take to build the Great Pyramid or the number of trees on Earth?...

March 23, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Dust Reveals Who You Are and Where You Live

Scientists dissected dust bunnies from across the country and found some interesting patterns; their work will help allergy sufferers and forensic scientists

October 19, 2015 — Erika Beras and Benjamin Meyers
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine