Blog Profile / Scientific American: Observations

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Why 3,000 Scientists Think Nuclear Arsenals Make Us Less Safe

Despite what you hear in the news, an atomic war between the superpowers is still the biggest threat -- Read more on

College Freshmen Are Less Religious Than Ever

Data from a nationwide survey shows students who list their affiliation as "none" has skyrocketed -- Read more on

Why Can't Scientists Talk Like Regular Humans?

The minute I started thinking of the general public as "other," I compromised my ability to be an effective communicator -- Read more on

Emmy Noether's Mathematics as Hotel Decor

A Chicago hotelier and self-confessed science nerd recruits a mathematician and artist to decorate his new property -- Read more on

A New Approach to Alzheimer's

The disease's complexity and multiple contributing factors suggest that combinations of drugs could be more effective than single medications -- Read more on

Science Must Clean Up its Act

Our community still struggles with diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, including systemic bias, harassment, discrimination, and more -- Read more on

Feeding a Hot, Hungry Planet

Creating sustainable food systems in the face of a changing climate isn't easy—but innovators around the world are making real progress -- Read more on

Sometimes, Facts Can Actually Trump Ideology

It's hard to get people to look past their ideological blinkers, but behavioral science research shows it's not impossible -- Read more on

Rush Hour in the Bering Strait

Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals migrate through the gap between Russia and Alaska—and these aquatic commuters are increasingly under threat -- Read more on

Human Genome Editing: Who Gets to Decide?

A report from the National Academies says scientists alone can't make the call—they must engage with the broader public -- Read more on

Harnessing Serendipity

Innovation is critical to sustained economic growth—and mathematics can help us understand how it works -- Read more on

When Emergency Pediatric Surgery Is Anything But

Rushing to "fix" intersex infants can cause far more harm than good -- Read more on

The Trouble with Medical "Voluntourism"

Lending a helping hand in countries with poor health infrastructure is usually well intentioned—but it can cause serious harm -- Read more on

Why We Forgo Self-Interest for Others' Sake

Imaging studies help explain why people are willing to do what's right, even when no one is watching -- Read more on

Helping Cancer's Forgotten Victims

Patients in lower-resourced countries have mostly been left behind—but that could be changing -- Read more on

Just Say No to Head Transplants

A public service message from the Grim Reaper -- Read more on

Using Wearable Fitness Devices to Monitor More than Just Fitness

Makers of these gadgets should consider seeking creative ways to incorporate other measures of health and well-being into them -- Read more on

10 Ways to Listen to Trees

Their vibratory energies reveal humanity’s many connections with forests -- Read more on

50 Years Ago: Repeal of Tennessee's "Monkey Law"

The statute that got John Scopes in trouble back in 1925 was finally repealed in 1967—but the teaching of evolution in public schools is still not entirely safe -- Read more on

A Cosmic Controversy

A Scientific American article about the theory of inflation prompted a reply from a group of 33 physicists, along with a response from the article’s authors -- Read more on

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