The Danger of Judging Scientists by What They Discover

Earlier this year, a research team led by Dr. Sven Karlsson published the largest scale study on the causes of human intelligence. They found an intriguing pattern of results: Focusing on arithmetic and linguistic tests, genetics predicted over 26% of people’s responses. Namely, individuals with a long allele of the 4-GTTLR gene got more right More...

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By SLPundit On Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
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Yes, Female Inventors Actually Exist

When you think of great inventors, you might picture Nikola Tesla with his walrus mustache, or the stoic expression of Thomas Edison. But even if you think of someone less famous, research indicates that, More...

By SLPundit On Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Warming Boosted Florence's Rainfall, One Expert Says

Severe flooding during Hurricane Florence has provided new evidence that accumulating heat in the world’s oceans from climate change is bringing new dangers to the nation’s coastlines. Rising ocean More...

By SLPundit On Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Science News Briefs From Around the World

A few very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

By SLPundit On Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Here's the Data behind Apple's New Heart-Monitoring App

hen the new Apple Watch heart monitoring app can get a reading, it can accurately detect that a person has an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation 99 percent of the time, according to a study of More...

By SLPundit On Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Advanced Diagnostics for Personalized Medicine

For most of the 20th century all women with breast cancer received similar treatment. Therapy has since become more individualized: breast cancers are now divided into subtypes and treated accordingly. Many women More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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73,000-Year-Old Hashtag Is Oldest Example of Abstract Art

Hashtags have become a standard in communication. They emerged as a way to organize and identify content on social media and evolved into an entire experience of subspeak. It was a suggestion from technologist More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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For the Love of Science Fiction

I have always loved reading, but I will admit that I used to be a bit of a genre snob. With the exception of Harry Potter, my preferred books tended to stem from this reality. When a group of friends started More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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People Like You More Than You Know

As a young child, I was painfully shy. I’d watch other children at play in the park, wishing I could join their ranks for a game of tag, hide-and-seek, or jump rope, but too scared to approach them. Eventually, More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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The Most Addictive Theorem in Applied Mathematics

On this episode of our podcast My Favorite Theorem, my cohost Kevin Knudson and I had the privilege of talking with Erika Camacho, an applied mathematician at Arizona State University. You can listen to the episode More...