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Scientific American Celebrates Its 170th Birthday [Video]

Scientific American  was founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845 as a weekly American newspaper. It is now a global brand, with 18 foreign language editions. Colleagues from around the globe joined in to say congratulations...

January 4, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Benjamin Meyers

TV Remembers the First Nuclear Bomb Test

Manh(a)ttan re-creates the race to Trinity. Working near the original test site revealed personal stories from the dawn of the nuclear age to the show’s cast and crew. Photo courtesy of U.S...

December 15, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers

How We Are All a Little Neandertal

Human DNA is 1 to 2% Neandertal, or more, depending on where your ancestors lived. Svante Pääbo, founder of the field of paleogenetics and winner of a 2016 Breakthrough Prize, explains why that matters...

November 20, 2015

How to Do Quantum Magnetic Levitation at Home

Air jets and sound waves can be used to levitate objects. But the strangest way of all taps the quantum effects of superconductors. Game developer, space traveler and friend of Scientific American Richard Garriott glides through the demonstration...

November 17, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Scientific American Fan

When the famed astrophysicist needed to select a college, he turned to the pages of Scientific American for help. Years later, our profile about him turned out to be his favorite...

August 27, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Lee Billings and Benjamin Meyers
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