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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.

Discoveries Concerning Innate and Adaptive Immunity Win 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [Update]

scientificamerican.com — The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Bruce Beutler at the Scripps Research Institute in California, Jules Hoffmann at the French National Center for Scientific Research and Ralph Steinman at The Rockefeller University in New York City.

How Cargo Containers Shrank the World and Transformed Trade; and Smart Skylights

scientificamerican.com — In this episode, Maritime History Professor Arthur Donovan talks about cargo containerization and how it transformed world markets. And architect Paul Topogna discusses skylights that change shape for more effective heating, cooling and UV control. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.

Gambling Gave Science Some Lucky Breaks

scientificamerican.com — "It's not just gamblers using science. In many cases, science has benefited enormously from people studying the house." Mathematician Adam Kucharski. He's the author of the new book The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling. "Back in the Renaissance, actually, probability theory was developed to study these games.

The Perfect Bet: Taking the Gambling Out of Gambling

scientificamerican.com — Mathematician and author Adam Kucharski talks about his new book The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling (Basic Books, 2016).

Jefferson's Moose: Thomas's Fauna Fight against European Naturalists

scientificamerican.com — Biologist and author Lee Dugatkin talks about his article "Jefferson's Moose" in the February issue of Scientific American, the story of Jefferson's battle against the European theory of American biological degeneracy. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.

We Are All Perverts, Book Says

scientificamerican.com — When I met with psychologist and author Jesse Bering in October 2013, I asked him when he intended to write a book that I could read on the subway without the cover bringing me unwanted attention. The title of Bering's 2012 book- Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?-was bad enough, even though it offered up fascinating insights into the evolution of anatomy.

Collecting Positive Foreign Words That Lack English Equivalents

scientificamerican.com — When I was in grade school, we were fed the now disputed notion that Eskimo languages, reflecting local concerns, had an unusually large number of words for snow. But nobody told us about the Inuit word iktsuarpok, which would have come in handy to describe one's behavior after putting in a call for a pizza delivery.

The Fastball Gets Its Scientific Due in New Documentary

Cuba-U.S. Thaw Should Ease Scientific Collaborations

scientificamerican.com — President Obama arrived in Cuba March 20 th, the first visit by a U.S. leader since Calvin Coolidge in1928. Last spring I spoke to Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology researcher Eduardo Inigo-Elias about what improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba could mean for science.

African Park Comeback Offers Ecological Optimism

scientificamerican.com — " Gorongosa, which was a jewel of Southern Africa...had great populations of lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo, etc. Absolutely decimated. So if you went there in the early part of the last decade, in the early 2000s, you might drive for five or six hours and see one warthog, one baboon, maybe."
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Apr 28, 2016

@octonion Especially egregious as he and J Naismith are fellow Canadians

Apr 28, 2016

@pzmyers Watch Patrice O'Neal's brilliant Elephant in the Room. He uses the names Susan and Philip youtu.be/WK98XzEM97Y

Apr 26, 2016

RT @sciam: Cherry trees may be able to survive rising temperatures thanks to bears that carry seeds to cooler climes bit.ly/1YQJU8s


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