Science News Briefs From All Over

A few very brief reports about international science and technology from Alaska to Indonesia, including one on offshore dairy farming from the Netherlands. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

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By SLPundit On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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Africa Doesn't Need Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Some scientists have proposed genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes as a solution to controlling malaria, a scourge that has been around for centuries and is spread by mosquitoes. I am skeptical that this is the More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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Major Campaign Aims to Unravel Exactly What Is in Wildfire Smoke

A group of U.S. agencies is in the midst of the most detailed study ever done of the enormous plumes of fire-generated smoke that can sometimes cross the entire country before they dissipate. The goal is to better More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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How Have Plants Shaped Human Societies?

Quinine (Scientific name: Cinchona) is a plant that has influenced the course of human history. Used for centuries by the indigenous people of the Andes as a cure for fevers, Cinchona became known to Jesuits More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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How to Give Better Advice

When Greg Dyke accepted the job as the BBC’s new director-general in early 2000, he found a troubled organization in need of reform. Other executives advised him to start off by presenting a clear vision More...

By SLPundit On Monday, November 12th, 2018
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Can AIs Create True Art?

As AI becomes an unstoppable force, it raises some difficult questions about the future role of humans in an increasingly automated world. Initial studies are showing that we can add the most value by focusing More...

By SLPundit On Monday, November 12th, 2018
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Blue Wave in Midwest Could Resurrect Climate Compact

The band broke up years ago. Or maybe it just stopped playing, as new members joined and the old harmonious notes turned sour. Never mind the Beatles. The band that broke up before it put out its first album More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, November 11th, 2018
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Armistice Day: November 11, 1918 to November 11, 2018

“The wave of hysterical rejoicing that swept over the United States when our president announced the signing of a truce had many impulses” (Scientific American, November 30, 1918, p. 432). The end of More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, November 11th, 2018
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Babies And Chimps Share A Laugh

Adult humans laugh primarily on the exhale, but human babies laugh on the inhale and the exhale—as do chimps. Christopher Intagliata reports. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

By SLPundit On Saturday, November 10th, 2018
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Working Hard Even If You Might Lose

Everyone has a preferred type of inspirational video. Maybe it’s the compiled attempts of a young girl learning to box jump to the height of her waist. Maybe it’s someone playing a particular piece More...