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How Harry Houdini and Scientific American Fought the Fake Mediums of the 1920s

15 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

The 1920s are associated with illicit booze and unsustainable stock market returns, but the decade was marked by another craze, as well—a fad for Spiritualism. Read more...

The Danger of Leaving Sustainability out of the Dietary Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have never had a more exciting run. Thanks to the inclusion of sustainability concerns in the scientific report that informs the guidelines, this year's update of the federal food recommendations rose from obscure agency process to policy stardom in the media and on Capitol Hill. Show More Summary

‘Reactions’ Explains How Pee Is Responsible for Many Scientific Breakthroughs That Led to the Modern World

yesterdayHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

“How Pee Brought You The Modern World” is the latest episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions. In the episode, chemist Darcy Gentleman focuses on the role urine played in a number of scientific breakthroughs that helped advance the field of chemistry.

6 Things You Didn't Know About the Nobel Prize

Nobel week is upon us again, having kicked off Monday with the award for medicine. Scientific American compiled a dozen surprising facts about the history of the prizes, established by the wealthy Swedish industrialist who happened to invent dynamite. Here are six standouts from its list: 860 laureates and 25...

How A Data-Driven Approach Is Reducing Homicides In Colombia

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Scientific American: Big Data Are Reducing Homicides In Cities Across The Americas Could there be a science behind reducing homicides? Rodrigo Guerrero Valasco, the mayor of Cali, Colombia’s second-largest city, would probably say so,...Show More Summary

The American Scientific Community Formalizes Its Status As A Pathetic National Joke

The rest of the world has yet another reason to take a break from their travails and laugh uproariously at The United States of America. It starts with one of smallest and most flagrantly mismanaged states. I’m unsure what makes me gladder not to be a resident of The State of Rhode Island. Show More Summary

Changing epidemiology of rheumatic fever and updated Jones criteria

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } The American Heart Association has published a new scientific statement on this opic. The changing epidemiology is fascinating and somewhat poorly understood. From the paper: It is well established that during the 20th century, the incidence of ARF and he prevalence of RHD declined substantially in Europe, North

Best estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital

D’Erasmo, Mendoza, and Zhang have a new NBER working paper on this question.  It is the most serious and scientific approach to American debt sustainability I have seen, ever.  Here are two key sentences: The dynamic Laffer curves for these taxes [capital taxes in the U.S., labor taxes in Europe] peak below the level required […]

"I can't believe they're pupating right in front of us!"

From "A Beetle Utopia on an Artist's Conk Fungus" at Scientific American. Artist's conks are "woody shelf fungi that cling to the trunks of trees." Every single life phase of some sort of beetle was playing out in and around these conks simultaneously....I tried searching the wikigooglepediatron for the identity of these beetles, but I came up empty. Show More Summary

You’ll sleep better if you sleep naked — according to science

last weekNews : The Raw Story

This will come as unwelcome news for the pajama industry: The best suit to sleep in, scientifically speaking, is the one you were born in. Still, only about eight percent of Americans routinely sleep in the buff. If you’re accustomed to donning the plaid flannels or buttoning that granny nightgown...

Poll: One-Third of Americans Would Refuse to Hide a Jew During the Holocaust

The scientific poll is part of a marketing plan for 'Return to the Hiding Place,' a movie about Christians helping Jews during the Holocaust. read more

How Scientific Are the US Dietary Guidelines?

Later this year, the US government is set to unveil its new dietary guidelines—advice on what Americans should eat to stay healthy. The guidelines, once known as the Food Pyramid, are updated every five years and are hugely influential:...Show More Summary

New US dietary guidelines questioned

The expert report underpinning the latest dietary guidelines for Americans fails to reflect much relevant scientific literature in its reviews of crucial topics and therefore risks giving a misleading picture, an investigation by The...Show More Summary

Supporting our young scientists through the Google Science Fair

Mariette DiChristina is the Editor in Chief and senior vice president of Scientific American—the first woman to hold the role in the magazine's 170-year history. She has been a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2011 and served as president of the National Association of Science Writers in 2009 and 2010. Show More Summary

U.S. universities still at top in scientific innovation, but Asia is catching up

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

American universities lead the world in scientific innovation but face strong competition from Asian rivals with close ties to industry, according to a detailed analysis of academic papers and patent filings.Read full article >>

Scientific American's October Issue Highlights Importance Of Sleep

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

There's been a major resurgence of interest lately in sleep -- a subject that has long proved elusive to scientists -- in both the medical world and the popular consciousness. Too often, we dismiss sleep’s importance -- equating it with idle time, laziness or lack of motivation. Show More Summary

Psychedelics Could Trigger A 'Paradigm Shift' In Mental Health Care

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution? It's seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into the therapeutic applications of psychedelics, published last week in the Canadian Medical...Show More Summary

Psychedelics Could Trigger A 'Paradigm Shift' In Mental Health Care

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution? It's seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into the therapeutic applications of psychedelics, published last week in the Canadian Medical...Show More Summary

14% of Americans have already started their holiday shopping — and 2% are already done

FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. Some people like to do their holiday shopping early ( A scientific poll of 1,004 US adults conducted...Show More Summary

Is NASA running out of plutonium?

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Is NASA running out of plutonium? Scientific American looks into NASA’s dwindling supply of the stuff—most of it leftovers from Cold War-era weapons production—and what a jump in production might look like. As of now, they estimate there’s only enough left to power four new missions. Read more...

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