Neanderthal Diners Had Side of Veggies
2014-06-30 09:49:42 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
By analyzing what came out of Neanderthals, researchers have verified that at least some of them mixed vegetation into their meaty diet. Cynthia Graber reports. ...
Software Finds Best Parts of Boring Video
2014-06-30 09:47:48 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Machine-learning researchers are developing software that automatically searches through long videos to create edited summaries, or personalized trailers. Larry Greenemeier reports....
Environmental Crime Funds Terrorism
2014-06-30 09:45:22 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Environmental destruction—-from smuggling elephant tusks to illegal dumping of toxic waste—-generates as much as $213 billion annually for criminals and terrorists. David Biello reports....
Hi-Tech Helmet Heads Off Stroke Damage
2014-06-20 17:01:08 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A helmet placed on the head of a stroke victim sends low-intensity microwaves through the brain to quickly determine whether a blockage or hemorrhage is taking place, making faster treatment possible. Wayt Gibbs reports...
Jellyfish Galaxies Get Guts Ripped Out
2014-06-20 16:59:10 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Recently discovered galaxies shaped like jellyfish leave a long trail of hot gas and dust, victims of even hotter gas from their surrounding cluster of galaxies...
Plant Spores Hitch Long-Distance Feather Rides
2014-06-20 16:57:18 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Tiny spores from mosses, algae and lichens can stick in bird feathers, travel from the Arctic to the bottom of South America and grow into whole new specimens. Erika Beras reports ...
Light Colors Become Fashion Rage for Northern Europe's Insects
2014-06-12 13:53:35 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
As northern Europe warms, the light-colored butterflies and dragonflies typically found in the Mediterranean are moving north, and outcompeting their darker-colored rivals. Erika Beras reports...
Kid Scientist Finds Sweet Pest Control
2014-06-12 13:46:32 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Eleven-year-old Simon Kaschock-Marenda's science fair project led to a publication about the insecticidal effects of the sweetener Truvia. Karen Hopkin reports...
Wikipedia Dicey as Medical Info Source
2014-06-12 13:45:13 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Researchers who compared peer-reviewed articles to the Wikipedia pages for the 10 most costly medical conditions in the U.S. discovered incorrect information on nine out of 10 pages. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Classroom Decorations Can Distract Young Students
2014-06-12 13:43:10 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Five-year-olds in highly decorated classrooms were less able to hold their focus, spent more time off-task and had smaller learning gains than kids in bare rooms. Erika Beras reports...
Cyber Currencies Get Boost From High-Profile Endorsements
2014-06-09 10:26:15 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Don't bet all your chips on crypto coins yet, but Apple's app acceptance makes things interesting. Larry Greenemeier reports....
I Just Want To Say One Word To You: Plastiglomerate
2014-06-09 10:22:37 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Thanks to us humans, there's a new type of rock in the geologic record. And it's part plastic. David Biello reports....
Laser Light Coaxes Damaged Rodent Tooth Repair
2014-06-04 10:48:28 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Low-power laser light shined on damaged rat teeth activates growth factors that cue stem cells to generate the tooth constituent dentin, leading to regeneration. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Thought-Controlled Flight Reaches the Runway
2014-06-04 10:43:10 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Researchers at Munich's Technical University had subjects control flight simulators with brainwaves via an EEG interface. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Better Car Labeling Could Pump Up Fuel Efficiency
2014-06-04 10:40:50 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
When gas mileage cost was explicitly revealed on new car window stickers, potential consumers were more likely to choose the most efficient vehicle. David Biello reports....
Vision Involves a Bit of Hearing, Too
2014-06-04 10:39:40 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Researchers could tell what sounds blindfolded volunters were hearing by analyzing activity in their visual cortexes. Christie Nicholson reports...
Dark Matter Shell Saved Wannabe Galaxy
2014-06-04 10:37:53 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A failed dwarf galaxy called the Smith Cloud apparently survived an ancient collision with the Milky Way because of a protective dark matter cloak. Clara Moskowitz reports ...
Vitamin C Helps Pregnant Smokers Have Healthier Babies
2014-05-22 10:35:21 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Children of smokers who popped vitamin C during pregnancy had better lung function than kids of other women who also smoked during pregnancy. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Don Corleone: Not A Nice Guy But No Psychopath
2014-05-22 10:32:34 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Mafiosi incarcerated in Italy scored lower than the threshold level for psychopathy on a standard test, while half the run-of-the-mill inmates qualified as psychopaths. Allie Wilkinson reports....
Parents Who Support Corporal Punishment Do It A Lot
2014-05-22 10:30:02 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Thirty-three families allowed themselves to be recorded for up to six nights. Parents who said they supported corporal punishment did it often and with little provocation. Christie Nicholson reports....
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