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A Blizzard of Astrobiology

A Blizzard of Astrobiology

Astrobiology has one key advantage when it comes to tooting its own horn – it can lay claim to a diverse range of scientific research as being relevant to the study of life in the universe...

March 9, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
Erin Gee Blends Emotions, Science, Music and Robotic Pianos

Erin Gee Blends Emotions, Science, Music and Robotic Pianos

This week’s video comes from a post by Princess Ojiaku over at Science With Moxie. According to the original post: Erin Gee is a Canadian artist and composer who has created a way to directly feed human emotions into music played by robots that she built and programmed herself...

December 14, 2014 — Carin Bondar
The Greatest Science Music Video Parodies Continue

The Greatest Science Music Video Parodies Continue

Tim Blais of A Capella Science has come up with a few great new science music video parodies. First, a chemistry-themed version of Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Base’, and second an exam-riddled student’s version of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’...

December 14, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Gavrilo Princip, conspiracy theories and the fragility of cause and effect

A hundred years ago this day in Sarajevo, disgruntled nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a shot. An Archduke and his wife died, the world mourned and fulminated, and in a rash of misunderstanding and patriotic throes the nations of Europe went to war with each other, a war that in its calculated butchery exceeded all that [...]..

June 28, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The Photons Of Your Life

The Photons Of Your Life

An unusual question raises an intriguing idea. At a party a few nights ago a friend approached me with a dilemma. A relative of theirs had died, and the spouse was trying to understand if it was at all possible that there was still ‘something’ of their partner in existence; a tangible part of their [...]..

June 16, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Thank You, Guest Editor LeVar Burton

We at Scientific American share several passions with the actor, producer and educator LeVar Burton: fostering children's literacy, science, social good and education.

June 13, 2014 — THE EDITORS
The Most Colorful View of the Universe Captured by Space Telescope

The Most Colorful View of the Universe Captured by Space Telescope

What do you get when you add a little ultraviolet to images captured by the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014? Some pretty amazing images. By utilizing a full spectrum of colour from ultraviolet to near infared, NASA astronomers have created the most colourful deep space images to date...

June 12, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Even Einstein Was a Fool in Love

NEW YORK—When it came to relationships, Albert Einstein was no Einstein. In fact, the famous genius's romantic entanglements could rival the dysfunction of a typical Jerry Springer guest...

June 2, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz
Physics envy: The last emotion you ever want to feel

Physics envy: The last emotion you ever want to feel

This is a guest post by my friend Pinkesh Patel, a data scientist at Facebook. Pinkesh has a PhD in physics from Caltech during which he worked on LIGO, the gravitational wave detector.

April 3, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

I get tired, now and then, of being such a sourpuss–a Debbie Downer, as my girlfriend calls me, always complaining about something. The wrongness of drone strikes and neuro-weapons research, the downside of psychiatric drugs and tests for cancer, hype about optogenetics and deep brain stimulation and theories of cosmic creation...

March 28, 2014 — John Horgan
The Last Man on the Moon

The Last Man on the Moon

It’s no secret, I’m a space geek. And the other non-secret is I love when a good space travel book is turned into a movie. Astronaut Gene Cernan is known for being “The Last Man on the Moon” as he was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission...

May 22, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
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