Crickets Carve Tools to Amplify their Chirps

The insects fashion and use "baffles"—sound controllers—made of leaves to produce sound more efficiently. Jason G. Goldman reports. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

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Ancient changes along the Hudson offer glimpse into how ice sheets grew

What little data scientists do have about how the ice sheet grew, Pico said, comes from data about sea level during the period, and suggests that the ice sheet over Canada, particularly in the eastern part of the More...

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Gene-Silencing Technology Gets First Drug Approval after 20-Year Wait

U.S. regulators have approved the first therapy based on RNA interference (RNAi), a technique that can be used to silence specific genes linked to disease. The drug, patisiran, targets a rare condition that can More...

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Advances in Treating Hep C Lead to New Option for Transplant Patients

After her kidneys failed from the same illness that took the lives of her mother and brother, Anne Rupp went on dialysis in May 2016, spending three hours a day, three times a week undergoing the blood-cleaning More...

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How Termites Shape the Natural World

Adapted from Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology, by Lisa Margonelli, by arrangement with Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US). Copyright © 2018 by Lisa Margonelli. All rights More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, August 12th, 2018
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Serotonin Revived as a Possible Target for Autism Treatments

Boosting levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social, according to a study published in Nature. The study suggests the approach may do the same in people with autism. More...

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When Protomammals Ruled Earth

The Permian never quite gets the attention it deserves. Long after our fishy ancestors made a home on land, but before the great reptilian takeover of the Mesozoic, this time offers a look at what could seem More...

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Mars and the Waves of Darkening

We live in an age where we have maps of other worlds that almost rival what you use to navigate your way from coffee shop to couch. For a planet like Mars we have robotic explorers sending back daily data (when More...

By SLPundit On Saturday, August 11th, 2018
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M. C. Escher's Exhibition in Brooklyn Opened My Eyes

We told ourselves that it was a teaching moment. Susana Martinez-Conde and I would help our labs’ members to understand the nature of vision by bringing them to see illusory perception carved—using More...

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Small Dogs Aim High When They Pee

Betty McGuire is no stranger to dog urine. If you live with a dog, neither are you. I’m guessing your dog pee story is probably one of waiting: Waiting while your dog checks out another dog’s pee, or More...