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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.

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.

When Patient and Doc Speak Different Languages, Google Translate Can Help-or Hinder — 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 — Steve Mirsky: This podcast is brought to you by, 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 — 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.
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Mar 27, 2015

RT @sciam: The Ebola Outbreak: Past, Present and Future @sciam podcast w @WHO's Keiji Fukuda #science

Mar 26, 2015

RT @stevesilberman: The cringe-inducing ignorance of Ben Carson on matters foreign and domestic.…

Mar 26, 2015

RT @marcuschown: This Richard III burial service on Channel 4 is dragging on. Seems like it's taken hundreds of years.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @Darwin2009: Invasion Genetics: the Baker & Stebbins Legacy. Talks from the Asilomar event are being uploaded for all to view! http://t.…

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