Drivers While Voice Texting Are Still Distracted
2014-10-11 15:11:02 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Drivers in a simulator reacted slowly to sudden traffic emergencies regardless of whether they were thumbing texts into smartphones or dictating them to Google Glass. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Tapping The Twitterverse For Meaning
2014-10-11 15:08:47 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Twitter and M.I.T. have teamed up to launch the Laboratory for Social Machines to analyze the impact of social media messages on society. Larry Greenemeier reports....
Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is
2014-09-23 16:30:19 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The direction of your gaze when looking at someone offers an unconscious, automatic giveaway of whether your initial reaction is romance or sex. Christie Nicholson reports...
Earthquake Deflection Takes a Tiny Step
2014-09-23 16:28:18 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Building on light-cloaking work, physicists took a small step toward the goal of shielding cities from earthquakes by deflecting incoming energy. David Biello reports...
People Power Takes Aim at Climate Change
2014-09-23 16:23:41 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Participlants in the People's Climate March in New York City September 21st hope to persuade world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit that follows. David Biello reports ...
Apple Expected to Set Its Sights on Wearables, Mobile Payments
2014-09-18 17:20:13 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The rumor mill surrounding the company's latest is in high gear, with possibly a wearable device and smartphone wallet capabilities to be announced next week. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Genius Grant To Science Historian
2014-09-18 17:10:32 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
New MacArthur Fellow Pamela Long studies the scientific revolution as a result of the interactions of academics and hands-on infrastructure engineers in the 15th and 16th centuries. Steve Mirsky reports....
Tweets Identify Food Poisoning Outbreaks
2014-09-16 14:53:52 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
In Chicago monitoring Twitter for reports of food poisoning led to 133 restaurant inspections for health violations, with 21 establishments shut down. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Graying Parent Care Falls to Daughters, Not Sons
2014-09-16 14:51:46 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Sisters spend double the time caring for parents as their brothers. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Forensic Astronomer Dates Monet Vision
2014-09-15 09:59:41 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Texas State University astronomer Donald Olson combined solar, tidal and weather data to identify the likely moment of the image in the Monet work Impression, Sunrise...
Bike Helmet Meets Black Box
2014-09-15 09:56:57 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A future smart bike helmet can track the rider's motion, determine if a crash was likely and call for help if the rider is incapacitated. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Even Monkeys Believe In Hot Streaks
2014-08-15 09:30:33 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Monkeys trained to play fixed video games made moves indicating that they expected certain patterns to occur. Erika Beras reports...
Poor Diabetics Suffer More Amputations
2014-08-15 09:19:35 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Patients in low-income zip codes were up to 10 times more likely to lose a leg or foot than diabetic patients in more affluent zip codes. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Guys Prefer Electric Shocks to Boredom
2014-08-15 09:18:20 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Guys would rather zap themselves with electricity than be left alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes. Karen Hopkin reports...
Air Pollution Could Reveal ET's Home
2014-08-15 09:15:05 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
If intelligent aliens are dumb enough to pollute their atmosphere, NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope is powerful enough to spot some of the signs on some exoplanets. Clara Moskowitz reports...
Pack Rats Expand Diet with New Gut Bacteria
2014-08-01 15:23:21 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Pack rats given the right gut bacteria via a fecal transplant from other pack rats can then digest foods that they formerly could not, but the donors could. Karen Hopkin reports ...
Heat Fells More Distance Runners Than Do Hearts
2014-08-01 15:18:09 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
An analysis of 130,000 runners in events during a seven-year span revealed that competitors were 10 times more likely to experience heat stroke than serious cardiac problems. Dina Fine Maron reports....
Ocean Plastic Particles Could Get in Gills
2014-07-30 13:50:26 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Sea creatures eat plastic dumped in the ocean, but they also might be accumulating plastic by sucking up tiny particles with their siphons and gills. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...
Brain State Bread Crumbs Lead Way Back to Consciousness
2014-07-30 13:48:49 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Researchers studying anesthetized rats discovered a handful of activity patterns that may mark the path to consciousness after anesthesia. Karen Hopkin reports...
Roach Reactions to Venom Point to Targeted Pesticides
2014-07-30 13:46:37 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Small changes in the protein sequence of sodium channels of American compared with German cockroaches leave the latter susceptible to a venom that has little effect on the former. Cynthia Graber reports ...
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