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Photo Friday: Stepping into new wind technology

Photo Friday: Stepping into new wind technology

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), government scientists and engineers partner with industry and academia to test new renewable energy technologies...

January 24, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Arctic Methane: MAMM Lapland air sampling road trip

Arctic Methane: MAMM Lapland air sampling road trip

By Dave Lowry and Nathalie Grassineau Part 1 – In the beginning – Tuesday Aug 13, 21:00 UT Reached Kiruna, Sweden, yesterday (Monday) afternoon having taken the early flight from Heathrow...

August 28, 2013 — Michelle Cain
Empathetic Mapping: Redrawing Chicago to Examine School Choice

Empathetic Mapping: Redrawing Chicago to Examine School Choice

This year, Mason High School was one of 50 programs in the Chicago Public School system closed permanently. This recent wave of closings is unprecedented in the city’s history, with over 1,700 faculty laid off and many more students displaced...

August 20, 2013 — Karna Gowda
Fuel for Thought: problem with briquettes

Fuel for Thought: problem with briquettes

“We’d like to know what the problem was with the briquettes.” It’s Monday morning and Emily and I are talking with a group of women with the help of Naomi as translator.

August 20, 2013 — Rachel Margolese
The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

                      There may be something funny going on with the stuff covering the Moon, and a new NASA mission launching next month is aiming to solve the mystery...

August 19, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
The Iron Madonna or: Kicking Ass While Female

The Iron Madonna or: Kicking Ass While Female

I reluctantly acquired a Twitter account as a necessary accoutrement to my Scientific American posts.  The people I track there fall mostly into two streams: scientists and SFF writers.  This week, the two intersected, resulting in a minor epiphany.  The tributaries were Upsides of Women in Science?...

August 17, 2013 — Athena Andreadis
Physics Hasn’t Looked This Hot Since The Big Bang

Physics Hasn’t Looked This Hot Since The Big Bang

The ATLAS detector at CERN is overwhelming to mere mortals like myself. It’s one of four detectors along the Large Hadron Collider designed to detect the most fundamental particles in our universe...

August 16, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
We Could Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Real

We Could Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Real

At some point cloaked in the (recent) mists of time, Elon Musk took over the mantle of leading U.S. visionary, as is the prerogative apparently of our technology billionaires.

August 14, 2013 — David Biello

Secure E-mail Services Shuttered over Fears of Government PRISM Reprisals

Revelations of the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM program continue to have worldwide ripple effects. Nearly two months after U.S. federal prosecutors charged NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property for blowing the lid off of the clandestine surveillance program, the company that secured Snowden’s electronic communications with journalists and international [...]..

August 9, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

What Chappie Says—and Doesn't Say—about Artificial Intelligence [Video]

I'm not a scold about scientific accuracy in film. As long as a movie is not built on a fundamentally stupid premise (“Lucy,” the Scarlet Johansson vehicle predicated on the false notion that humans use only 10 percent of their brains, comes to mind), I am happy to let myself be entertained...

March 6, 2015 — Seth Fletcher
Building New Homes for Energy Innovation

Building New Homes for Energy Innovation

As discussions begin today at the 10th MIT Energy Conference, the energy sector ponders how industry, government, and the scientific community can combine forces to enable the rapid evolution of the energy system...

February 27, 2015 — Varun Mehra and Sebastien Lounis
Quick Twitter Tip for Attributing Art

Quick Twitter Tip for Attributing Art

When I see some amazing art posted on Twitter without attribution to the creator, especially by someone in science communication, I kind of lose it.

February 28, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine