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 ...
Education Level Linked to Nearsightedness
2014-07-25 16:32:29 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
In a German study, half of those with a university degree were myopic compared with less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. Karen Hopkin reports ...
Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel
2014-07-25 16:27:17 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports ...
Prescription Refill Appearance Change Puts Patients Off Meds
2014-07-25 16:20:10 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
When refilled prescriptions for post-heart-attack care resulted in the same medication looking different in shape or color, patients were significantly more likely to stop taking their meds. Dina Fine Maron reports....
Space-Based Data Collection Better Predicts Floods
2014-07-18 14:32:28 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Satellite data can help geologists predict major floods up to 11 months in advance in areas where snow melt or groundwater is a significant contributor. Cynthia Graber reports ...
Heavy Metal Headbanging Rare Risk Revealed
2014-07-18 14:26:24 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Headbanging can cause pain or even whiplash. But a 50-year-old Motörhead fan developed a more serious condition, bleeding in the brain that required surgical repair, after headbanging at a concert. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Urban Growth Defines This Century
2014-07-18 14:22:52 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
How existing cities expand and new cities emerge will determine how humanity fares in the 21st century. David Biello reports...
Give Us This Day The Bread Wheat Genome
2014-07-18 14:19:36 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A preliminary map of the bread wheat genome includes the locations of more than 75,000 genes. Cynthia Graber reports. ...
Supercooled Organs Could Stretch Time to Transplant
2014-07-11 16:53:57 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Liver transplant time from human donor to patient is limited to 12 hours, but rats that got livers specially stored for three days were going strong three months later. Cynthia Graber reports ...
Saturn Probe Ready for Its "Grand Finale"
2014-07-11 16:52:25 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The Cassini probe readies for its final act with new flight patterns that will get unprecedented views of Saturn and culminate in a final dive into the planet's atmosphere. Clara Moskowitz reports ...
Hacked E-Cigs May Get Around Regulations
2014-07-11 16:50:36 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Some users are modifying electronic cigarettes to produce stronger flavors, more impressive vapor clouds and to deliver even more nicotine. Larry Greenemeier reports....
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