Look to Lessen Acute Pain
2011-02-21 09:03:06 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Volunteers could endure an uncomfortable stimulus longer when they looked at the affected body part, and even longer if the part appeared enlarged...
Sometimes Adding Water Makes Mix Thicker
2011-02-18 09:08:27 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Whether particulates in a mix are hydrophobic or hydrophilic, adding water can thicken the mix. Cynthia Graber reports...
People Overestimate Steepness
2011-02-17 08:58:27 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
People at the bottom or the top of a flight of stairs consistently thought the angle was 20 degrees more than it really was, suggesting that we may be hardwired to be overly sensitive to changes in terrain slope. Karen Hopkin reports...
Would You Pay More for Jon Voight's Car?
2011-02-16 09:05:20 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
People may value an object more if they believe it was once owned by a celebrity because of an inherent belief that it still carries an essence of physical trace of the famous person. Steve Mirsky reports...
Chemists Try To Keep Van Gogh's Sunflowers Yellow
2011-02-15 09:45:43 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Chemists have identified the chemistry behind the gradual browning of Van Gogh's bright yellow sunflowers in the hopes of stopping the paint's change. Karen Hopkin reports...
Teaching Bankers about Climate Change
2011-02-14 08:52:16 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Why is HSBC teaching its employees about global warming? David Biello reports...
Another Reason to Hate Shopping Sound Tracks
2011-02-12 08:50:31 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The background music in stores and shopping malls designed to spur sales also spur emissions of greenhouse gases. David Biello reports...
Short Sleeves in Hospital Don't Beat Bacteria
2011-02-11 09:03:41 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Short-sleeved docs in hospitals quickly pick up just as much bacteria as their long-sleeved colleagues. Steve Mirsky reports...
Ancient People Played Lots Of Games
2011-02-10 09:12:26 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
In the study of a major city in ancient Pakistan, one of every 10 finds is related to playing games. Cynthia Graber reports....
Handlers' Beliefs Can Influence Bomb Dog Alerts
2011-02-09 09:06:46 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
When dog handlers believed there were drugs or bomb materials, their dogs called more false alarms. Christopher Intagliata reports ...
Babies Think Large Means Dominant
2011-01-31 09:11:56 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Recent research shows that even infants have a bias to think that big means alpha. Christie Nicholson reports...
Teachers Fail Evolution Education
2011-01-30 08:55:34 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Only a minority of high school teachers are effectively educating students about evolution, with many expressing personal views rather than the assigned curriculum. John Rennie comments...
Broccoli Fights Cancer By Clearing Bad Tumor Suppressors
2011-01-28 08:38:07 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Cruciferous vegetables contain compounds that preferentially destroy ineffective mutant p53 tumor suppressor proteins, but leave the good ones alone. Steve Mirsky reports....
Traffic Noise Ups Elderly's Stroke Risk
2011-01-27 08:53:24 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
A Danish study found a 27 percent increase in stroke risk for every 10 decibel increase in street noise for those over 65. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Farmed Oysters Could Help Revitalize Chesapeake Bay
2011-01-26 09:07:03 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Researchers found that farmed oysters could remove significant amounts of nitrogen in the waters of the Chesapeake delivered there by agricultural and municipal runoff. Cynthia Graber reports...
Is Coal Fly Ash Responsible for Mass Extinction?
2011-01-25 09:10:16 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Forget CO2, the toxic aftermath of coal burning might be responsible for the worst mass extinction event the world has ever known. David Biello reports...
Strike Off the Band, Says Penguin Study
2011-01-24 09:10:41 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Banding penguins to track them is bad for their health, a new study reports. David Biello investigates...
People Drive to Reach Round-Number Goals
2011-01-21 09:09:26 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Individuals will put in work to reach a round-number goal, such as a 1,300 SAT score rather than 1,290, that is not commensurate with the absolute amount of the improvement. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Male Bird Links Its Call To Deadly Enemy To Get Female Atten
2011-01-20 08:58:16 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Male splendid fairy-wrens in Australia prefer to make their calls after a predator makes its, and females pay more attention when the calls are linked. Cynthia Graber reports ...
Glow from Eating Well Judged Healthy-Looking
2011-01-19 09:32:58 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
People who ate more fruits and vegetables had a slightly different carotenoid-induced skin hue that was rated more healthy-looking, possibly reflecting its advertisement of fitness. Cynthia Graber reports ...
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