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Why Rudolph Should Have Never Joined Santa's Reindeer

Why Rudolph Should Have Never Joined Santa's Reindeer

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows. Late one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Rudolph declined, noting that when flying around in foggy conditions, a bright red [...]..

December 23, 2013 — Kyle Hill
Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick -Clever Kids Rap It Out

Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick -Clever Kids Rap It Out

Creative science teachers who allow their students to make science history, science stories and science activities their own are, in my opinion, the greatest asset to furthering science knowledge for civilization...

August 8, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
Art Takes on Science: An Experiment in ScienceArt & Blogging

Art Takes on Science: An Experiment in ScienceArt & Blogging

This July, Symbiartic will celebrate its 4th birthday along with the entire Scientific American Blog Network. To date, we have featured more than 230 science artists in over 460 posts as the field continues to expand and come into its own...

February 20, 2015 — Kalliopi Monoyios

The Science of Growing Smarter with Annie Murphy Paul

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul’s fresh perspective on intelligence and personality prompt a heart-to-heart about learning, intelligence assessments, growth mindsets and rethinking intelligence...

November 24, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required

An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required

One of the most inspired design studios working at the intersection of science, art, and technology today is Nervous System, a Massachusetts-based team led by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg...

January 25, 2015 — Kalliopi Monoyios
SciArt Destinations: The Paleolithic Caves of Cantabria, Spain

SciArt Destinations: The Paleolithic Caves of Cantabria, Spain

Think of the last time you were in the presence of something really old. Was it a cherished possession of one of your family members? Was it a used book or antique that spoke to you from a dusty hole-in-the-wall shop?...

August 25, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Home ExpeRIments With Your Kids

Home ExpeRIments With Your Kids

Perhaps you’ve reached that point in the summer where your kids might be sitting around the house saying “I’m bored!” or perhaps you want them to be more engaged with the world around them...

July 26, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Earlier this week I had the very great pleasure of catching up with Lee Billings, the author of Five Billion Years of Solitude, a beautifully written and provocative new book about the quest to find other Earths, other life in the universe...

January 10, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

This Is What We Don’t Know About The Universe

In recent days I’ve had some interesting conversations. There’s a giddiness going around, related to an outpouring of science love – the kind you get from President Obama introducing TV science shows, the kind that has wonderful visuals, but is, well, a wee bit simplistic (a sin that none of us could ever, ever be [...]..

March 12, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

We all know that the male octopus uses his third right arm as a penis. (Oh, you didn’t? It’s true. Sometimes he even detaches it to give to the female.) In fact, all of the arms, if not so specialized, are easily identifiableas numbers one, two, three or four on the left or right side...

December 22, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine