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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.

Climate Skeptic Senator Burned After Snowball Stunt

scientificamerican.com — 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

scientificamerican.com — 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.

When Patient and Doc Speak Different Languages, Google Translate Can Help-or Hinder

scientificamerican.com — Sticks and stones may break your bones, but poorly translated words may also hurt you This magazine has various foreign-language editions. As such, I occasionally get requests from overseas translators tasked with trying to make sense of some of my more idiomatic constructions.

Sometimes the Hoofprints Are from Zebras

scientificamerican.com — Steve Mirsky: This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com, home to more than 100,000 titles, including great science works. For Scientific American podcast listeners Audible recommends A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality by Richard Panek.

Science Wins at the Oscars

scientificamerican.com — Science was in the spotlight at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night, from actors playing scientists to winners thanking them. Steve Mirsky reports. It was a good night for science at the 87 th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night.

Science Goes To the Movies: A New TV Program

scientificamerican.com — Heather Berlin, assistant professor of psychiatry and of neuroscience at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, is the co-host of the new CUNY TV program Science Goes to the Movies.

Value of Vaccines Eludes Pandering Politicians

scientificamerican.com — We've seen the needle and the damages 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.

Boston Could Win Economically By Losing Olympics

scientificamerican.com — According to sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, most cities that win the right to host the Olympics will spend far more to prepare for the games than they estimate in their winning bid. Steve Mirsky reports.

Urban Insects Clean Up Great Gobbets of Discarded Food

scientificamerican.com — Unheralded arthropods help keep our streets pristine In this space last September, I broached the culturally charged subject of eating insects. Eating them on purpose. Insects are plentiful, a great source of protein, easy to raise and much more environmentally friendly than the more familiar (to Westerners, anyway) vertebrates widely available at your deli counter: cows, chickens and pigs.

Every Life Has Equal Value (Part 2): Gates CEO

scientificamerican.com — Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina talk about the Foundation set forth in its recently released annual letter. Part 2 of 2.
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Mar 06, 2015

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Mar 06, 2015

RT @Laurie_Garrett: The numbers of new confirmend #Ebola cases in #Liberia have been ZERO for many days. Whoopie! From the Min of Hlth pic.twitter.com/g5vwLzK80C

Mar 05, 2015

RT @NewYorker: A 1906 novel, set in 2015, imagined New York’s Financial District ruled by owls: nyr.kr/1B1aceV

Mar 04, 2015

RT @sciam: Salty Skin Boosts Mouse Wound Healing @sciam podcast by twitterfree Karen Hopkin bit.ly/1CvVHlx #science

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