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The Best Optical Illusions Of 2017

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The prize-winning images, chosen by readers of Scientific American, play with our perceptions of shape, motion, and length. Neuroscientist Susana Martinez-Conde talks with the three winners about how their illusions work.

How a 'Star Wars' parody turned into a tool for scientific discovery (video)

(American Chemical Society) Science has long inspired the arts, but examples of the reverse scenario are sparse. Now scientists who set out to produce a 'Star Wars' parody have inadvertently created such an example. Incorporating animation...Show More Summary

Race is a Social Construct

Back to back on my to read list were two articles that made an odd juxtaposition. First up was Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue in the once great Scientific American. Here’s a representative blurb: More than 100 years ago, American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois was concerned that race was being used as a […]

North American first: Researchers publish scientific study on cannabis production

University of Guelph researchers have published what is believed to be the first scientific paper in North America on improving medicinal cannabis plant production, helping move the industry into the realm of high-tech laboratories and evidence-based practices.

North American first: University of Guelph researchers publish scientific study on cannabis production

(University of Guelph) University of Guelph researchers have published what is believed to be the first scientific paper in North America on improving medicinal cannabis plant production, helping move the industry into the realm of high-tech...Show More Summary

The Evolution of a Scientific American Graphic: Pregnancy in Progress

When we return to a topic where the research has advanced, our visual explanations need to be updated accordingly -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

American Thyroid Association: Presentations at 87th Annual Meeting Regarding Medications and Their Effects

In addition to the major talks and awards at ATA's 87th Annual Meeting, a variety of scientific and clinical presentations will be accessible to attendees in the form of posters and oral abstracts.

This workwear brand has a scientific approach to size-inclusive dresses

Size inclusivity is a buzzword in fashion these days. Brands like Good American and Universal Standard, for instance, recently launched with extensive size ranges. But when it comes to formal workwear, finding well-fitting clothes as a curvier woman can be a struggle. Show More Summary

Fingerprints lack scientific basis for legal certainty

(Carnegie Mellon University) A new American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) working group report on the quality of latent fingerprint analysis says that courtroom testimony and reports stating or even implying that fingerprints collected from a crime scene belong to a single person are indefensible and lack scientific foundation.

American Thyroid Association Set to Launch 87th Annual Meeting

Key opinion leaders, thyroid specialists, clinical and basic researchers, and young trainees will gather for four exciting and information-filled days of symposia, scientific presentations, and discussions on the latest advances in thyroidology and clinical management of thyroid diseases.

LIGO and Gravitational Waves: A Graphic Explanation

Infographic from Scientific American breaks down the technology behind our ongoing search for ripples in spacetime -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Circadian Rhythms, Illustrated

A graphic from the Scientific American archive provides a look into the brain’s molecular clock—research that contributed to this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

More Guns Does Not Reduce Crime

Scientific American: Guns took more than 36,000 U.S. lives in 2015. Since 1991, Americans have acquired 170 million new guns while murder rates have plummeted, according to the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). But, in 2015...Show More Summary

Want the latest news on allergies and asthma?

(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) Join the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in Boston, Mass. from October 26-30 for the 2017 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting. More than 2,200 participantsShow More Summary

Friday links: a fee obsession

Q&A: Nick Riggle author of On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck on creating “social openings.”  (Scientific American)

More than a 38 percent of the Neotropical parrot population in the American continent is threatened by human activity

More than 38 percent of the neotropical parrot population of the American continent is endangered due the impact of human activity, according to a scientific study published in the journal Biological Conservation.

Amid debate on reproducibility and p-values, experts gather to improve scientific evidence, rigor

(American Statistical Association) Following the widespread impact of its historic statement on the overuse and misinterpretation of p-values, the American Statistical Association (ASA) is convening scientists spanning many disciplines...Show More Summary

The Making of the Modern American Recipe

Scientific methods, rising literacy and an increasingly mobile society were key ingredients for a culinary revolution

7 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp As You Age

There’s mounting evidence that some of the best things you can do for your brain are also some of the best for your body. A new scientific advisory from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, published in the journal Stroke, promotes seven simple steps people can take to keep their brains healthy and…

One-Two Punch From the Sun Knocks Out Radios

In what one space scientist says is "just part of living with a star," two solar events rocked the cosmos Wednesday, one of them strong enough to knock out radio communications for up to an hour. Scientific American reports on a pair of X-class solar flares (the most powerful type...

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