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Birds Roost On New Evolutionary Tree

scientificamerican.com — In a massive first-of-its-kind whole-genome analysis involving 48 bird species, researchers have created a new avian evolutionary tree. Steve Mirsky reports. In a massive data crunching analysis, researchers have created a new evolutionary tree for Jarvis previewed the studies in a talk he gave October 19 birds.

When It Comes to Contributors, Scientific American Certainly Can Icon

scientificamerican.com — On September 5 the Web site Mashable published an article entitled "9 Cultural Icons Who Have Written for 'The New York Times.'" The vanity piece was sponsored by and written by, you guessed it, the New York Times. The preamble to the list of nine iconic figures pointed out that "most people can name at least one writer."

Best of Thanksgiving 1: Let's Talk Turkey!

scientificamerican.com — Turkey scientist Rich Buchholz of the University of Mississippi talks about the turkey on your plate and his own turkey research. Steve: Welcome to a special two-part Best of Thanksgiving edition of the weekly Scientific American podcast. For Science Talk, I am Steve Mirsky.

Best of Thanksgiving 2: Let's Talk Stuffing--Your Face!

scientificamerican.com — Steve: Welcome back to the second part of our special Best of Thanksgiving edition of Science Talk, the weekly Scientific American podcast. I am Steve Mirsky. In part two, we'll hear from Brian Wansink. He is the director of the Food and Brand Laboratory at Cornell University where he is also a professor in the Applied Economics and Management Department.

Scientific American's 1930 Football Study Found Little Actual Action

scientificamerican.com — The Wall Street Journal found in 2010 that an NFL game has just 11 minutes of actual action. Eight decades earlier, Scientific American found just about the same thing Thanksgiving Day means [turkey noises] and [football noises]. And you know what: there might be more total action at the dinner table than in the football game.

One Singular Sensation: Will We Upload Our Brains, and Other Questions Related to "The Coming Singularity"

scientificamerican.com — Glenn Zorpette, executive editor of IEEE Spectrum magazine, and journalist John Horgan discuss various ideas related to what some call "the coming singularity," a point where computers will allegedly attain consciousness and superintelligence. Or not. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.

Doctors Without Borders Fight on Ebola's Front Lines

scientificamerican.com — Scientific American health and medicine correspondent Dina Fine Maron talks with Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders, who has fought Ebola in Guinea and Liberia. And Steve talks Ebola with Stanford's David Relman, chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats of the Institute of Medicine

Our 1930 Football Study Found Little Actual Action

scientificamerican.com — The Wall Street Journal found in 2010 that an NFL game has just 11 minutes of actual action. Eight decades earlier, Scientific American found just about the same thing. Steve Mirsky reports. Thanksgiving Day means [turkey noises] and [football noises]. And you know what: there might be more total action at the dinner table than in the football game.

Looking Back On 40 Years of Lucy

scientificamerican.com — Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson's first glimpse of Lucy came on November 24, 1974. Steve Mirsky reports. Forty years ago yesterday, November 24, 1974, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson found in Ethiopia what's arguably the most famous and important fossil of a human ancestor: Lucy.

View From Ebola's Front Lines

scientificamerican.com — Scientific American health and medicine correspondent Dina Fine Maron talks with Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders, who has fought Ebola in Guinea and Liberia. And Steve talks Ebola with Stanford's David Relman, chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats of the Institute of Medicine.
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