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The Sanctuary of Trees, How to Argue with a Racist and Other New Books

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:00:00 GMT

New science book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American

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The Pulsar Chart That Became a Pop Icon Turns 50: Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:00:00 GMT

A classic data visualization brought an astronomical curiosity to music lovers

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Jaws: Classic Film, Crummy Science

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:00:00 GMT

45 years after the movie made everyone afraid to wade into the ocean, it’s not too late to remind viewers of the truth about sharks

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Anonymous Peer Review: Truth or Trolling?

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT

When reviewers of journal articles are hidden behind a curtain, they can get away with unethical behavior

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Scientists Spot Giant Planet Orbiting Dead Star's Corpse

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:45:00 GMT

The discovery around a white dwarf suggests planets can survive their star’s demise

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Why Pet Pigs Are More like Wolves Than Dogs

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:45:00 GMT

Given an impossible task, a dog will ask a human for help, but a wolf will not seek help—and neither will a pet pig.

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Long-Awaited Update Arrives for Radiocarbon Dating

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:45:00 GMT

Scientists who study organic materials from the past 55,000 years may see some changes in their data

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In Case You Missed It

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Top news from around the world

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This 'Small World' Is Packed with Animated Beauty

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:00:00 GMT

Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition captures creatures and forces that are invisible to the naked eye.

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Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:00:00 GMT

The unexpected atmospheric detection of phosphine, a smelly gas made by microbes on Earth, could spark a revolution in astrobiology

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Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:00:00 GMT

We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now

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Evolution Education in the U.S. Is Getting Better

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT

The percentage of public school bio teachers who present it as the broad consensus view among scientists—without presenting the creationist “alternative”—has increased...

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What Ancient Mass Extinctions Tell Us about the Future

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Carbon dioxide has done plenty of damage before

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These Small Mammals Snort to a Different Tune

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:45:00 GMT

Hyraxes, which live in Africa and the Middle East, punctuate their songs with snorts. And the snorts appear to reflect the animals’ emotional state. Jason G. Goldman reports.

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Can an Algorithm Help Solve Political Paralysis?

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:45:00 GMT

As faith in government hits historic lows, organizers in the U.K. are trying a new math-based approach to democracy. Would it work in the bitterly divided U.S?

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The Hawking Limit

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT

The late, great physicist showed us how to keep embracing life and work even as his physical condition deteriorated

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Bricks Can Be Turned into Batteries

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:54:00 GMT

Pumping cheap iron-oxide-rich red bricks with specific vapors that form polymers enables the bricks to become electrical-charge-storage devices.

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Structure and Chemistry Dictate How Cicada Wings Repel Water and Kill Bacteria

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:00:00 GMT

A new analytical process shows how chemicals affect the nanostructures of an insect’s wings

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High-Elevation Hummingbirds Evolved a Temperature Trick

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT

Hummingbirds in the Peruvian Andes enter a state of torpor at night to conserve energy, dipping their body temperature to as low as 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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A Grassroots Effort to Fight Misinformation during the Pandemic

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:00 GMT

As COVID-19 spread, several organizations worked together to create Ask a Scientist

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves a Nuanced Legacy on Environmental Issues

Sat, 19 Sep 2020 18:15:00 GMT

Her jurisprudence involved complex considerations of climate change lawsuits and greenhouse gas emissions

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COVID-19 Dreams, Synchronicity and Visitors from Another Solar System

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:30:00 GMT

Welcome to the October issue of Scientific American

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The Matador in Your Fish Tank

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:45:00 GMT

The humble guppy has a surprising strategy for predators

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The Enduring Mystery of Earth's Water

Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT

New clues have emerged about exactly where your last drink came from

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Life on Venus? Breakthrough Initiatives Funds Study of Possible Biosignature

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:00:00 GMT

A team of scientists will examine the astrobiological prospects for phosphine on Earth’s hellish twin

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