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Using CRISPR to Do More Than Cut

Using the CRISPR–Cas9 system, scientists can do much more than gene editing—they can boost gene transcription or use fluorescent proteins to paint and track a chromosome. In this Nature Video animation, several innovative uses for CRISPR are outlined and explained. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on October 31, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

November 10, 2017 — Nature Video

New Frizzy-Haired Orangutan Species

An isolated group of orangutans in Sumatra is the first new great ape species described since the 1920s, and could be the most critically endangered. 

November 3, 2017 — Lydia Chain

Neutron Star Collisions Create Gold

Astrophysicists searching for gravitational waves have finally learned what happens when you crash two neutron stars together--and it's very, very shiny.

October 17, 2017 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael D. Lemonick

Scientists Learn from a Fish School

Researchers train high-speed video on schooling fish to track the motion of each individual, revealing how information and decisions travel through the group."Lens of Time: Secrets of Schooling" was first published on bioGraphic ©2016 California Academy of Sciences 

September 26, 2017 — bioGraphic

How to Explore Otherworldly Oceans

The tools we build to explore our deep oceans might one day explore ocean world across the solar system. A new observatory called ABISS that can transmit video and long-term chemical measurements at broadband speeds from the seafloor using a system of flashing lights instead of a traditional tether.

September 21, 2017 — Jennifer Berglund

Smooth Surfaces Are a Bat Blind Spot

Glass and metal surfaces temporarily "blind" a bat by bouncing sound waves in the wrong direction, which sometimes results in a collision.This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on September 7, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

September 7, 2017 — Nature Video

VR Theme Park Hopes to Push Public Pickup

VR World is a virtual reality theme park that presents curated video games and 360-degree artistic cultural experiences in order to help the public overcome some of the barriers that have prevented mass adoption.

August 31, 2017 — Andrew Golden

Well-Preserved Armored Fossil Reveals Cretaceous Camouflage

The Cretaceous Period was a dangerous time for many animals, even for the “dinosaur equivalent of a tank.” Watch how researchers analyzed the pristine remains of a heavily armored nodosaur to discover this dino’s additional layer of defense.

August 3, 2017 — Andrew Golden

Racing to a Future of Autonomous Cars

The Robocar, a fully autonomous electric racecar, recently debuted in Times Square, New York City. Watch how the Roborace team behind it imagine a new motorsport and how the Robocar might accelerate the development of the consumer autonomous car.

July 28, 2017 — Andrew Golden and Larry Greenemeier

Damaged Bears Find Solace in Rehab

Watch how Carpathian brown bears, scarred by the practice of training bears to dance for entertainment, are being given the chance to live out their lives in an environment tailored to creature comfort.

July 20, 2017 — John Wendle and Andrew Golden

Giant Model Mimics Damaged Dam Spillway

When the Oroville Dam spillway cracked and failed after a wet California winter, a team of scientists created a one fiftieth–scale model of the damaged concrete and eroded hillside to help guide the reconstruction.

June 28, 2017 — Lydia Chain

Why Do Allergies Make You Sneeze?

Do you suffer from allergies? Follow the dendritic cell and the entire Scientific American Allergy Orchestra to discover how allergens from pollen to pet dander can change the body's tune.

June 12, 2017 — Lydia Chain

How to Weigh a Star Using Gravitational Lensing

Astronomers recently tapped Einstein's concept of gravitational lensing to determine the weight of a distant star. Watch and learn how this concept came to be and how it works.

June 7, 2017 — Andrew Golden and Michael Lemonick

Searching for Life at the Bottom of the Arctic

Creatures living among the hydrothermal vents burbling under the Arctic Ocean's ice layer have been historically difficult to study, but an underwater vehicle, the Nereid Under Ice, can get close to the vents to peek in at the animals and their homes without disturbing their environment with icebreaking ships.  Scientific American caught up with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist, Chris German, on the R/V Neil Armstrong to discuss how studying these Arctic dwellers could shape our understanding of how life evolved.

June 1, 2017 — Andrew Golden and Annie Sneed

Think Outside the Gift Box