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...
Diabetes Prevention in Midlife Helps Protect Aging Brain
2014-12-30 10:46:29 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
People with type 2 diabetes in middle age had greater cognitive impairment in the following decades than did their nondiabetic counterparts. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Abortions in Medical Settings Rarely Have Major Complications
2014-12-30 10:44:55 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Careful tracking of more than 50,000 women during the six weeks after the procedure finds that serious adverse effects are rare. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Raw Milk Sicknesses Rise
2014-12-30 10:43:54 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Nonpasteurized milk is fueling more outbreaks and hospitalizations. Dina Fine Maron reports...
Avoid Backlit Reading Before Bed
2014-12-30 10:42:16 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Volunteers who read from an iPad before bed took longer to fall asleep and had less restful nights than when they read from a printed book. Dina Fine Maron reports....
Clock Ticking on Climate Change Prevention
2014-12-30 10:40:14 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's new synthesis report adds urgency to the need to cut additional greenhouse gas pollution...
Protected Areas Get Short Shrift
2014-12-30 10:38:52 | SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions. Steve Mirsky reports...
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