The Bad News We Need

A gentoo penguin cares of its egg on the dry land, taken in the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) doesn’t mince words: if we don’t take immediate action to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, the cost will be staggering. Hundreds of millions of human lives. Trillions More...

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By SLPundit On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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Healthcare Let Neanderthals 'Punch Above Their Weight'

By caring for the sick and injured, Neanderthals were able to expand into more dangerous environments and pursue more deadly prey. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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Tinder For Cheetahs; and An Unusual Blindness

Scientific American assistant news editor Tanya Lewis and collections editor Andrea Gawrylewski host a new podcast that takes an deeper look at short articles from the Advances news section of the magazine. Let’s More...

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Rising Seas Threaten Iconic Mediterranean Sites

Climate change is already threatening some of the Mediterranean’s most treasured historical sites, from the iconic Venice canals to the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre. A jarring new study, published More...

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Death of a Fossil Hunter

When I travel to an unfamiliar country to report a story, I seldom know in advance about the personalities of the people I need to work with: Will they be helpful or in a hurry, plainspoken or obscure? But the More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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Unlocking the “Mystery” of Consciousness

Consciousness seems mysterious. By this we mean that while life in general can be explained by physics, chemistry and biology, it seems that whenever one tries to explain the relationship between the brain and More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
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The Science of Inequality

Special Report Special Report How high economic inequality negatively impacts nearly every aspect of human well-being—as well as the health of the biosphere Policy & Ethics And what we can More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
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Insurers See Smoldering Risk After California's Worst Wildfire

Wildfire ripped through parts of this small city in hilly wine country last year, engulfing about 3,000 homes. That didn’t stop Jeff Lecoeuche from shopping for a house here. “Maybe I’m stupid,” More...

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Learning While Sleeping; the Challenges of Inequality

In our cover story, “Sleep Learning Gets Real,” by Ken. A. Paller and Delphine Oudiette, we focus on a topic that has long held healthy measures of both fascination and speculation for many of us: More...

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Nice People Have Emptier Wallets

A study correlating personality traits with financial data found that agreeable people had lower savings, higher debt and higher bankruptcy rates. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific More...