Titan Could Host Life "Not As We Know It"
2015-03-09 09:39:33 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Saturn's moon Titan is too cold for cell membranes to form as they do on Earth. But researchers have come up with a cell membrane that could exist on Titan. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Climate Skeptic Senator Burned after Snowball Stunt
2015-03-09 09:37:59 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe carried a snowball onto the Senate floor to insinuate that climate change was not real, after which Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse torched Inhofe's argument. Steve Mirsky reports...
Preindustrial Pollution Pestered Peru
2015-02-12 17:07:40 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Ice cores show a sudden rise in heavy metal air pollution in South America 240 years before the industrial revolution, probably due to metallurgy and mining. Karen Hopkin reports...
Wearable Step Counters Offer Exercise Leg Up
2015-02-12 17:05:25 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
High-tech pedometers do a decent job of counting steps accurately. Dina Fine Maron reports....
Gates CEO: Let's Shrink Maternal Mortality
2015-01-29 14:26:24 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann talks about some of what needs to be done to make a reality of the foundation's aspiration to cut maternal mortality by two thirds by 2030 ...
Is Recycling Worth the Effort?
2015-01-29 14:25:00 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The value of recycling depends on the material in question and whether all hidden costs and benefits go into the analysis. David Biello reports...
Climate Influences Language Evolution
2015-01-29 14:23:34 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The ease with which certain sounds are produced in different climes plays a role in the development of spoken languages. Christopher Intagliata reports....
Snail's Venom Puts Fish in Insulin Coma
2015-01-27 14:53:40 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The cone snail's venom contains not only neurotoxins, but insulin, too—which stuns the fish it preys on. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Long-Lost Lander Found on Mars
2015-01-27 14:51:39 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
New images from NASA spacecraft reveal Beagle 2’s final resting place. Lee Billings reports...
Tech Consequences Voiced By Carnegie Mellon Prez
2015-01-26 13:11:49 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
At the World Economic Forum, Carnegie Mellon president Subra Suresh talks about dealing with the unintended consequences of ever more sophisticated intelligent devices. ...
Rival Space Internets Vie For Sky Pie
2015-01-26 13:10:29 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
SpaceX’s Elon Musk and fellow tech mogel Greg Wyler both have plans for low-earth-orbit satellite networks that could fill in many of the world's current gaps in Internet coverage. Larry Greenemeier reports....
Gestures and Eye Movements Will Control Cars
2015-01-22 16:38:12 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Carmakers are working on ways to let drivers interact with their cars using presumably safer hand gestures and eye movement in addition to voice controls and touch screens. Larry Greenemeier reports...
Look Up to See Latest Comet Lovejoy
2015-01-22 16:36:23 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy’s latest comet find is naked-eye visible in the southeast sky until January 24. Clara Moskowitz reports ...
Life Extension May Add Just Bad Time
2015-01-21 14:12:49 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Strains of the lab workhorse roundworm C. elegans that lived longer added more time being frail, and had the same portion of their lives being healthy as normal worms. The work has implications for life-extension ideas such as caloric restriction. Di...
Tropical Forests Pay Price For Gold Rush
2015-01-21 14:03:19 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Desire for gold has made mining in tropical forests financially worthwhile, leading to ecosystem destruction. Cynthia Graber reports....
Making Evolution Make Microbes Make Products
2015-01-09 11:04:11 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
By selecting for bacteria that can survive only if they make a particular product of interest over multiple iterations, researchers vastly improved yields and decreased production times. Cynthia Graber reports....
Plan Now for Future Ebola Outbreaks
2014-12-30 10:51:30 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Diagnostics, vaccines and new drugs could vastly improve the way future Ebola outbreaks manifest in Africa, according to emerging infectious disease expert Jeremy Farrar. Steve Mirsky reports...
Snake DNA Left in Bite ID's Serpent Assailant
2014-12-30 10:50:25 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A first-of-its-kind study finds it’s possible to analyze snake DNA left in a bite victim’s wound to identify the species—and thus the correct antivenom. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Steamy Smooches Share Batches of Bacteria
2014-12-30 10:49:31 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A 10-second makeout session can also transfer some 80 million oral bacteria. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Drownings Kill 140,000 Kids Annually
2014-12-30 10:47:50 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The World Health Organization issues a new report on the neglected public health issue of drowning...
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