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Brazilian Ants Build Unusual Trap for Bugs

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Feathers surrounding the insects’ nests mask a pitfall

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Key Photosynthesis Complex Viewed in Spinach

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:15:00 GMT

Findings fuel hopes for improved food-crop efficiency

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Meet Arrokoth: Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Object Ever Explored, Has a New Name

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:30:00 GMT

The small body beyond Pluto visited by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now officially known as Arrokoth

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The EPA's Science Restrictions Go from Bad to Worse

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 20:00:00 GMT

New rules on what studies the agency can cite in making regulations would endanger the public’s health and safety

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Readers Respond to the July 2019 Issue

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Letters to the editor from the July 2019 issue of Scientific American

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Aversion to Broccoli May Have Genetic Roots

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:30:00 GMT

Study subjects with a gene variant that heightened their sensitivity to bitterness tended to eat fewer vegetables than people who didn’t mind bitter flavors. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Are Probiotics Safe for Your Immune System?

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:00:00 GMT

There are some situations where beneficial bacteria (either from foods or supplements) can post a threat to the host

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What the Protests and Violence in Chile Mean for Science

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:45:00 GMT

As universities shut down, researchers are demonstrating—and meeting with lawmakers to figure out if science can help solve socioeconomic inequality

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150 Years of the Journal Nature

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:17:00 GMT

Nature is arguably the world’s most prestigious scientific journal. Editor in chief Magdalena Skipper spoke with Scientific American’s acting editor in chief Curtis Brainard about her...

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Scientists Should Stop Naming Species after Awful People

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT

And they ought to consider revoking names that never should have been honored in the first place

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Galileo's Big Mistake

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT

How the great experimentalist created the problem of consciousness

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Famously Fickle Felines Are, In Fact, Clingy

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 04:45:00 GMT

Cats are clingier to their human owners than their reputation would suggest. Karen Hopkin reports. 

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Marine Mammal Epidemic Linked to Climate Change

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 02:00:00 GMT

A measleslike virus is ricocheting through marine mammal populations in the Arctic—and melting sea ice might be to blame. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Phage Therapy Could Beat Drug-Resistant Illnesses

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Treatment first used in the early 20th century is showing promise against deadly infections

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Recommended Books, November 2019

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:00:00 GMT

The ecosystem of a crime scene, how undercover patients changed psychiatric care, and more

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The Need for a Nuremberg Code for the 21st Century

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Science continues to be weaponized in the name of oppression

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Ant Colonies Avoid Traffic Jams

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:34:00 GMT

Researchers tracked thousands of individual ants to determine how they move in vast numbers without stumbling into gridlock.

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How Big Is the Proton? Particle-Size Puzzle Leaps Closer to Resolution

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Precise measurement affirms that the particle’s radius is smaller than physicists once thought

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Proposed Interstellar Mission Reaches for the Stars, One Generation at a Time

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Starting in the early 2030s, the project could become our first purposeful step out of the solar system—if it launches at all

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The Mercury Transit of 2019 Has Begun!

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:45:00 GMT

Watch while you can—the next transit of the closest planet to the sun will not occur until 2032

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Solving the Mystery of Songbird Diversity

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:00:00 GMT

A strange chromosome may have provided fodder for the evolution of new traits

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Ranking Rise May Intimidate Opponents

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:34:00 GMT

In an analysis of chess and tennis matches, players rising in the rankings did better than expected against higher-ranked opponents and better than similarly ranked players who were not rising....

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Who Really Discovered the First Exoplanet?

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Two Swiss astronomers got a well-deserved Nobel for finding an exoplanet, but there’s an intriguing backstory

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Quantum Computer Made from Photons Achieves a New Record

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:45:00 GMT

The limited system made a notable advancement on the road to beating classical machines

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Add Another Animal to the List of Tool Users: Pigs

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:00:00 GMT

A chance discovery brings new interest in porcine intelligence

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