As The Scientific American noted a couple of years ago: In a 2011 study published in Nature, “... researchers examined daily records of rainfall, snowfall and sleet from more than 6,000 weather stations between 1951 and 1999. They found a rise in cases of extreme precipitation, such as rainstorms that deliver 100 millimeters [...]
The common knock on Google Glass has been that it’s far too dorky-looking for normal people to want to wear. David Pogue, writing at Scientific American, says that he got a chance to play around with Google Glass recently and came away with a somewhat different take: Google Glass is too creepy. Show More Summary
by Stuart Shapiro From Scientific American: A new study finds that frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians in the U.S. are dying off so quickly that they could disappear from half of their habitats in the next 20 years. For some of the more endangered species, they could lose half of their habitats in as [...]
Some Texas turkey hunters may be seeing slim pickings, and it is no surprise why. According to the Scientific American, the state’s turkey population is still feeling the effects of an extensive 2011 drought. Prior to recent years Texas had one of th...
At Scientific American’s blog network, Ashutosh Jogalekar muses about the “greatest American physicist”, eventually voting for Josiah Willard Gibbs, one of the pioneers of statistical mechanics. As both times I took StatMech (as an undergrad and in grad school), it was at 8:30 in the morning, I retain almost no memory of the subject, and…
Scientific American reports that the drought that's ravaged the region since 2011 will likely continue to yield the least amount of birds caught in decades. [ more › ]
Scientific American has a great video that quickly explains the basics of tornado formation — facts that also help explain why some parts of the country, including Oklahoma, are more prone to tornadoes than others. You'll also learn about worst tornado in recorded history, which killed more than 700 people. The photo above was taken [...]
Heart attack or heart failure patients may have a high risk of death or re-admission for a month or longer after leaving the hospital, researchers said at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Scientific Sessions 2013. Show More Summary
Michael Mann: Climate change is already costing us $1 trillion a year. Aljazeera asks Professor Mann why there is still confusion among Americans about the perils of climate change, at a time when the scientific consensus is virtually complete. Some recent links on the impact: Much of Australia’s farmland could turn to desert or be [...]
Kyle Hill writes an open letter in Scientific American detailing his concerns about labeling Jeremy Wade's quarry flesh ripping chainsaw mauling atomic assassins monsters. Jeremy Wade also responds to Hill's letter. LINK
Control of heart disease risk factors varies widely among outpatient practices, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013. Researchers compared electronic...Show More Summary
Presented at the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension Considered the "silent killer," high blood pressure affects approximately one billion people worldwide, including one in three adults in the United States. Show More Summary
If you count yourself among the 49 percent of Americans who believe that climate change is happening, and that we're playing a key role in it, give yourself a gold star. The planet's best and brightest scientific minds agree with yo...
Massachusetts' healthcare reform didn't result in substantially more hospital use or higher costs, according to data presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013. The findings...Show More Summary
The current stand-off between the American Psychiatric Association, that sponsors the DSM series, and the National Institute of Mental Health, that sponsors scientific psychiatry, is like two ships passing in the night. read more
Scientific American complains about Animal Planet's River Monsters and Finding Bigfoot. They say calling fish "monsters" diminishes their majesty and then call Bigfoot a mythical creature!
Heart attack or heart failure patients may have a high risk of death or re-admission for a month or longer after leaving the hospital, researchers said at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Scientific Sessions 2013. read more
Middle aged and out of shape? It's not too late to get fit — and reduce your risk for heart failure, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013. Researchers...Show More Summary
The insurance industry believes climate change is a serious threat to people and property, yet only some companies advocate climate solutions. [New York Times] If there were one American industry that would be particularly worried about climate change it would have to be insurance, right? From Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow to the Northeast to the [...]
More than 1,400 physicians gathered in Phoenix, AZ, last week for the 22nd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Our correspondent Wil Dubois was embedded with the “troops”...Show More Summary