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Siri won’t listen to millions of Americans — here’s why

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant Siri has become a staple for millions of iPhone users across the world but there are millions of Americans who still can’t use it due to speech impediments. As Scientific American notes, voice-enabled computer technology “cannot be used by...

An Easy-Peasy Guide For How To Read A Nutrition Label

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

American nutrition labels are about to look a whole lot different soon. But that doesn't mean we should avoid learning how to properly read the ones we've still got. Nutrition labels can be tough to decipher, thanks to scientific jargon and ingredients that are difficult to identify. Show More Summary

Prepackaged Portion-Controlled Meals Can Lead to Greater Weight Loss Than Self-Selected Portions, Research Says

Increased portion sizes in Americans' diets is widely recognized as a contributor to the obesity epidemic, and now new research published in Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society, examines the effect of prepackaged, portion-controlled meals on weight loss. Show More Summary

Guest blog for Scientific American: the new food label

Guest Blog The FDA’s new rules for food labeling are finally here The changes are a step toward better health and less obesity, especially in children By Marion Nestle on May 24, 2016 The FDA’s announcement of final rules for its overhaul of labels on food packages is a signature accomplishment of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within […]

AAA Study Finds No Scientific Basis for Drugged Driving Laws Based on THC Levels

The American Automobile Association recommends states abandon such laws in favor of testing for actual impairment. Legal limits for driving on pot not backed by science, study shows   Legal blood limits for marijuana are not an accurate...Show More Summary

Amazing Mesozoic Mammals

Scientific American's online magazine has just released a new article about the mammals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. For the cover of the magazine, we needed a dynamic image that showed how capable and specialized some mammals were. Show More Summary

Ohio school caught using a video made by an Islamic sex cult to teach creationism to kids

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Young Americans are still learning about creationism in schools despite the fact that it has no basis in scientific reality. The Daily Beast notices that the curriculum map used by the Youngstown, Ohio school district recommends that teachers show students a video called “Cambrian Fossils and...

The Real Truth about Hillary, UFOs and Area 51 [Video]

Scientific American's Clara Moskowitz explains things to Chris Matthews on Hardball -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

American Pain Society Presents 2016 Achievement Awards

The American Pain Society (APS), www.americanpainsociety.org, today announced recipients of its prestigious achievement awards during the organization's annual scientific meeting. APS recognizes excellence in pain management with awards...Show More Summary

The United States' New National Mammal Is...

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Ana Sofia Knauf These beautiful creatures. Tom Reichner / Shutterstock The American Bison or, it's scientific name, Bison bison bison. President Barack Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law today, which officially made the critters our national mammal, USA Today reports. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Scientists view never-before-seen glowing jellyfish in Mariana Trench ocean depths

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Marine biologists with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expedition in the Mariana Trench encountered a luminous red-and-yellow jellyfish in April, Scientific American reports. (more…)

The 19th Century Hyperloop Was Going to Travel From NY to SF in 24 Hours

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

In 1894 the Wright Brothers’ first flight was still nearly a decade away. But people were obsessed with figuring out how to use powered flight for any number of applications. The May 5, 1894 issue of Scientific American featured one such idea—an aero-train that could zip across the country at 150 miles per hour. Read more...

How to divide a cake fairly among a group of people

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Here's a puzzle from Martin Gardner's "Mathematical Games" column, which ran for many years in Scientific American. I found it in his anthology, My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles, which is only $3.42 on Amazon. There is a simple...Show More Summary

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Why Trump and Clinton Voters Won’t Switch: It’s in Their Brains: To win th…

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Why Trump and Clinton Voters Won’t Switch: It’s in Their Brains: To win the White House, candidates in the presidential race will need to change minds. Bernie Sanders may try converting Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates to gain the Democratic nomination. If frontrunner Clinton gets it, she and Republican Donald Trump will need to win […]

Skepticism about climate change may be linked to concerns about economy

WASHINGTON -- Americans may be more likely to accept the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and its potentially devastating effects if they believe the economy is strong and stable, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. read more

Glowing Jellyfish Spotted Near Marianas Trench

"If I ever worried that I'd run out of weird and wonderful new life to blog about, that fear has long been laid to rest," writes Jennifer Frazier at Scientific American. "Take, for instance, this stunning jellyfish, discovered just four...Show More Summary

Scientists: climate change isn't a prank

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Jimmy Kimmel had some scientists on his show recently to tell the American public that anthropogenic climate change is real, that's it's not a prank, and that the scientific community is "not fucking with you" about this. Trigger warning: the first minute of this video features Sarah Palin speaking. Tags: global warming Jimmy Kimmel science video

Can you solve the "scrambled box tops" puzzle?

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Here's a puzzle from Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games column, which ran for many years in Scientific American. I found it in his anthology, My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles, which is only $3.76 on Amazon. Imagine that you have...Show More Summary

Pauline Camacho, MD, Named President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Loyola Medicine endocrinologist Pauline Camacho, MD, FACE, will be inaugurated as president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) at its 25th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Orlando on May 16.

Free will might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

We might only think we have free will, says Adam Bear, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at Yale. In this Scientific American article he offers the possibility that our belief that we make decisions is just a byproduct of our predetermined activity. Show More Summary

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