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Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Food

Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Food

Food week on SciAm blogs would not be complete without scary stories. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 hamburger outbreak that sickened 623 people and killed 4 children...

September 4, 2013
Salt: Defender of the Carotenoids

Salt: Defender of the Carotenoids

If flour is the star of bread making, salt is the director, invisible in the dough but controlling its action and timing. Salt adds flavor.

September 4, 2013 — Emily Buehler
Solutions for Micronutrient Deficiency

Solutions for micronutrient deficiency

You  will never understand violence or nonviolence until you understand the violence to the spirit that happens from watching your children die of malnutrition.

September 3, 2013 — Anastasia Bodnar
Introducing: The Food Matters Crew

Introducing: The Food Matters Crew

Do you ever wonder about the science behind your food? We do, too. Our group of writers serves up juicy topics like genetic engineering, gut bacteria and the chemical reactions that occur during cooking...

September 3, 2013 — See Arr Oh
Time to stop fighting GMO labeling?

Time to stop fighting GMO labeling?

Why do people react so strongly against the idea of genetic modification? Especially genetic modification that crosses species barriers? In a recent New Yorker, Maria Konnikova returned to an explanation for these gut reactions that has been around at least since the early efforts at genetic engineering in the 1970s: The idea that fear and [...]..

September 2, 2013 — Tabitha M. Powledge
Food Week on #SciAmBlogs network!

Food Week on #SciAmBlogs network!

You may have noticed that the September 2013 Issue of Scientific American Magazine is a special issue devoted to the topic of food, plus all the web-only exclusives.

September 2, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Why Optogenetics Doesn’t Light Me Up: The Sequel

Why Optogenetics Doesn’t Light Me Up: The Sequel

When asked about my style of journalism, I sometimes say that my goal isn’t necessarily to get people to agree with me. It’s to provoke readers into reconsidering some issue...

September 1, 2013 — John Horgan
Photoblogging: Dinosaurs and LA Freeways

Photoblogging: Dinosaurs and LA Freeways

I snapped this photo last week while visiting the Getty Museum. It shows the 405 freeway snaking northbound through the Sepulveda pass in West Los Angeles.

September 1, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
As a River Runs Dry

As a River Runs Dry

Just outside of Thomaston Ga., a red dirt driveway winds its way through a forest of sweet gums, oaks, pines and beech trees, marking the lone driven track on a large swath of land.

August 31, 2013 — Robynne Boyd
Ernest Rutherford, master of simplicity

Ernest Rutherford, master of simplicity

It’s Ernest Rutherford’s birthday today. Along with Michael Faraday, Rutherford was the greatest experimentalist in modern history and the twentieth century’s experimental counterpart to Einstein...

August 30, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
In Search of the Lost Land of Gold (and mummified baboons too)

In Search of the Lost Land of Gold (and mummified baboons too)

“Suddenly I heard a noise as of thunder, which I thought to be that of a wave of the sea. The trees shook, and the earth was moved. I uncovered my face, and I saw that a serpent drew near…[]…his body was as overlaid with gold, and his colour as that of true lazuli….[]… it [...]..

August 30, 2013 — David Bressan
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