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March 30, 2015

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3:19 PM | How Zoos Acquire Endangered Species
How do you transport two young orangutans to a zoo thousands of kilometers away from their native lands? Here’s the simple answer: FedEx. Here’s the less simple answer: It’s a lot of work. Meet Bob... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:18 PM | The Quest for Better Broccoli Starts with More Science
Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you. What was not known—until researchers examined how broccoli was prepared for distribution—is that frozen broccoli lacked the cancer-fighting nutrients... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 PM | We All Eat the Sun; Content-Rich Science Art
I talked about the art of Rachel Ignotofsky a while back after I found out about her amazing work featuring famous (and should-be-famous!) women in science — a series she continues to expand.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:42 AM | Is email one of the last private spaces online?
Someone has been using my email address. First, she registered it as the recovery address for another account she created, so I was notified about that account. Then she used my email address to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:42 AM | Is email one of the last private spaces online?
Someone has been using my email address. First, she registered it as the recovery address for another account she created, so I was notified about that account. Then she used my email address to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 29, 2015

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6:08 PM | You Should Know: Kristina Campbell and The Intestinal Gardener
Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. I am also continuing my Women’s History... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Sunday Species Snapshot: Swift Parrot
The beautiful bird known as the swift parrot may be on the fast track to extinction. Species name: Swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) Description: A small bird, just 25 centimeters long, with bright... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 28, 2015

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9:37 AM | Physics Week in Review: March 28, 2015
The much-ballyhooed Large Hadron Collider restart hit a snag this week, thanks to an electrical short discovered over the weekend, apparently caused by a metal particle. (Hey, it’s the most... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 27, 2015

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2:32 PM | Cord-Blood Research Sits Poised for Therapeutic Discovery
Whenever one examines any area of scientific inquiry, there are two important things to understand: where the science is today, and where it may lead us in the future. To examine only the former is... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Keeping Tiny Delta Smelt Alive in Captivity Is No Small Feat
The delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) may be all but extinct in the wild, but it turns out that hope is not quite lost for this controversial California fish. Although a recent survey turned up... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 26, 2015

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10:14 PM | When discussing Humanity’s next move to space, the language we use matters.
Elon Musk’s vision for the humanity and colonizing Mars makes me incredibly uneasy. It’s not that Elon Musk has said very many inappropriate things, it’s that so much of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:40 PM | Scenes from the White House Science Fair
At the fifth annual White House Science Fair on March 23, 2015, some 30 students shared their hard work on their research projects and collected insights. It was striking how many of these young... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:09 PM | The Ebola Outbreak: Past, Present and Future
Scientific American’s Dina Maron talks with Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the World Health Organization, about the current Ebola outbreak, the threat of sexual... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Hungry Polar Bears Could Soon Start Devastating Bird Populations
A hungry polar bear (Ursus maritimus) will eat just about anything. Oh sure, they prefer to dine on nice fatty seals (I mean, what Arctic creature wouldn’t?), but when push comes to shove they’ll eat... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:48 PM | Rare Ili Pika Photographed for the First Time in 20 Years
If ever there was a face that read, “Goddamn it, they found me,” this is it. That small, downturned mouth, ever-so-slightly ajar in a moment of panicked contemplation, it really just says it all.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:30 PM | A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Cantor Set
Last month, I wrote about the π-Base, a website that serves a similar function to the book Counterexamples in Topology. I’m teaching a topology class this semester, and it’s been fun to revisit some... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 24, 2015

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9:05 AM | A Perfect Book for Hooking Kids on Rocks
Do you want to interest young children in geology? Of course you do! Not only is it one of the greatest sciences of all time, and even one that can be done on other worlds, it gets kids out in the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 23, 2015

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1:45 AM | Projection
The patient was hacking sputum into a tissue when the resident and I entered his room. “How long have you had that cough?” “Oh this? As long as I can remember.” “But it’s been worse lately?” “Yeah.”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 21, 2015

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9:57 AM | Physics Week in Review: March 21, 2015
That deafening sound you heard over Wednesday and Thursday was the sound of millions of science-minded folks collectively banging their heads against their computer screens in frustration. The... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 20, 2015

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7:51 PM | Humans and the Amazon: A 13,000-Year Coexistence
University of Exeter archaeologist Jose Iriarte talks to freelance journalist Cynthia Graber about his efforts to understand human activity in and influence on the Amazon region for the last 13... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 19, 2015

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5:40 PM | With Just Six Delta Smelt Left, Controversial California Fish Species Faces Impending Extinction
Are we about to witness the extinction of the controversial delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus)? The most recent survey for the tiny fish, over which decades of battles over water rights have been... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:28 AM | Gardening Friends and Crocodile Meals
While I was digging in the garden over the weekend, I made lots of new friends. Whether they liked it or not. Was digging around in the garden today, much to the surprise of the local earthworms,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 18, 2015

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10:26 PM | CSI: Picasso: X-Rays Reveal the Master’s Materials
Every field has its raging debates among impassioned experts, and the art world is no exception. Case in point: some art historians long suspected that master painter Pablo Picasso used common house... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:58 PM | Announcing Insects Unlocked
A while back I wrote a feature for Ars Technica on the dysfunctional online copyright landscape. The piece was personal. My photographs average around $50 each to make, mostly in time, equipment, and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 17, 2015

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6:59 PM | The Symbiartic SciArt Roundup: Exhibits On View Now
Our recent effort to galvanize people around great #sciart on Twitter was a raging success, proving to us that science art is growing by leaps and bounds. These scienceart exhibits are ones you can... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish—Especially in the Caribbean
In the United States, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish national holiday celebrates Saint Patrick who is—potentially—the most recognizable of Irish saints, known for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish—Especially in the Caribbean
In the United States, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish national holiday celebrates Saint Patrick who is—potentially—the most recognizable of Irish saints, known for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:30 PM | What’s so Great about Continued Fractions?
The more I learn about continued fractions, the more enamored I am with them. Last week, when I wrote about how much better continued fractions are than the arbitrary decimal digits we usually use to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:52 AM | How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?
In the early nineties, researchers predicted that at the current rate of growth, there would be two televisions per US household by 1995. It’s probably safe to say that we have likely exceeded... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:52 AM | How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?
In the early nineties, researchers predicted that at the current rate of growth, there would be two televisions per US household by 1995. It’s probably safe to say that we have likely exceeded... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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