Coyote Size Forces Smartness
2014-10-24 16:47:50 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Topping out at about 20 kilograms, a coyote has to be able to hunt both smaller and bigger prey, and avoid being prey itself, a combination that selects for intelligence. Steve Mirsky reports...
Fecal Transplanters Fish Out Key Ingredient
2014-10-24 16:45:06 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The bacterium Clostridium scindens, a member of the gut’s microbiome, appears to ward off the hospital-acquired infection C. difficile. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Reindeer Spit Smacks Down Plant Toxins
2014-10-17 15:46:31 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Compounds in reindeer and moose saliva interfere with the production of toxins in plants that ordinarily stop animals from dining on the vegetation. Karen Hopkin reports...
Track Cosmic Rays With Smartphone App
2014-10-17 15:44:19 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Take part in a citizen-science project by helping researchers track high-energy cosmic rays via a network of smartphone users. Clara Moskowitz reports....
Lemur Latrine Trees Serve As Community Bulletin Boards
2014-10-17 15:34:13 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Primatologists spent almost 1,100 hours watching lemurs do their business on their designated tree and concluded that urine and glandular secretions serve as posted messages. Steve Mirsky reports....
Star-Forming Clouds May Spit Out Life’s Building Blocks
2014-10-15 09:31:26 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Astronomers have discovered one of the largest and most complex organic molecules yet in a gaseous star-forming region of interstellar space. Clara Moskowitz reports...
Kids Who Exercise Don’t Sweat Tests
2014-10-15 09:29:42 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Physically active children are healthier and score better on intellectual tests than their sedentary peers. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Less Well-Off Donate Bigger Income Percentage
2014-10-15 09:27:52 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Wealthier people on average gave a lower percentage to charity in 2012 than they did in 2006, while the less affluent increased their giving. Cynthia Graber reports...
Jet Pack Keeps You Grounded, but Faster
2014-10-11 15:28:50 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Mini-jet backpack for runners could help military personnel and others get home faster. Larry Greenemeier reports...
App IDs Other Battery-Eater Apps
2014-10-11 15:25:45 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
More than a million volunteer users of the smarthphone app Carat have helped researchers identify those apps that really suck battery power in both the Android operating system and Apple's iOS. Larry Greenemeier reports...
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...
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