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Editor, columnist and podcaster for Scientific American @sciam magazine. Opinions expressed are my own and are subject to revision with new information.

Shakespeare to Blame for Introduction of European Starlings to U.S. — Brought here on a lark, starlings are now at every turn Whistle. Pop. Whirrrr. Zzzt. Repeat. Many, many, many times. That's the song, if you want to call it that, of the European starling. Two of these relatively drab, chunky little birds are now my next-door neighbors-the pair moved into a hole in the maple tree in front of my house.

Nobelist Talks About Exercise and Chromosome Integrity — In a Google Hangout, Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn and Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina discuss the relationship between exercise and telomere length, which is related to diseases of aging. Telomeres are parts of chromosomes that protect the ends of the chromosomes. They're often likened to the aglets at the ends of shoelaces.

Diabetics Benefit by Biggest Meal Early — A small study finds that diabetics who ate a big breakfast and small dinner had better glucose control than those who ate the opposite. Steve Mirsky reports. People with type 2 diabetes have to keep a close watch on their blood glucose levels.

The Ebola Outbreak: Past, Present and Future — Scientific American ’s Dina Maron talks with Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the World Health Organization, about the current Ebola outbreak, the threat of sexual transmission and the hope for a vaccine. They were both at an Institute of Medicine Forum on Microbial Threats held at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, concentrating on Ebola in West Africa.

Vaccines Are an Excellent Shot in the Arm — I've seen the needle and the damage avoided As I write these words in early February, the nation is watching a measles outbreak caused by parents opting out of vaccines for their children. Meanwhile presidential hopefuls have been making news via their strong pro-choicey opinions, which are somehow about whether to get your kids vaccinated.

Humans and the Amazon: A 13,000-Year Coexistence — University of Exeter archaeologist Jose Iriarte talks to freelance journalist Cynthia Graber about his efforts to understand human activity in and influence on the Amazon region for the last 13 millennia.

The Placement Excitation: Scientific American on The Big Bang Theory — In conjunction with this magazine's inclusion on the March 12th episode of the Big Bang Theory , here's an edited version of a talk by the sitcom's science advisor, UCLA physicist David Saltzberg, about his role and the show's reach.

Big Bang Sitcom Stars Scientific American Tonight — On the March 12th episode of the Big Bang Theory , a mock copy of Scientific American becomes a key part of the plot. The sitcom's science advisor, UCLA physicist David Saltzberg, talks about the show's reach to the lay public. Steve Mirsky reports.

Climate Skeptic Senator Burned After Snowball Stunt — Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe carried a snowball onto the Senate Floor to insinuate that climate change was not real, after which Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse torched Inhofe's argument. Steve Mirsky reports. "In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, you know what this is?

Air Force Space Command General on Keeping Space Collision-Free — Gen. John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, talks about the task of tracking all the materials in orbit and keeping them from crashing into each other. Steve Mirsky and Larry Greenemeier report. "My area of operations is 73 trillion cubic miles." Gen. John Hyten. He leads the U.S.
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