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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.

Ebola Efforts Helped By Flu Shots — Should ebola continue to crop up in the U.S., having fewer people coming to emergency rooms with the similar symptoms of flu will help the public health system respond. Steve Mirsky reports.

Science Sailing near the 60th Parallel — A late summer science trip in the 49th state Meyer Landsman, the Sitka, Alaska-based protagonist of Michael Chabon's award-winning novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, "swayed in the canvas webbing of the weary old 206."

Coyote Size Forces Smartness — Topping out at about 20 kilograms, a coyote has to be able to hunt both smaller and bigger prey, and avoid being prey itself, a combination that selects for intelligence. Steve Mirsky reports. Coyotes. In the last two decades they've become common in almost every North American metropolitan area.

Cemetery Science: The Geology of Mausoleums — For Halloween, we take a tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., with geologist Sidney Horenstein and Woodlawn expert Susan Olsen, concentrating on the geology of the rock used in the memorials. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.

World-Class Athletes Are Pre-Performance Enhanced — When it comes to athletic performance, it's not how you start-it's how you Finnish The London Olympic Games and the Tour de France are on the horizon in Europe. Here in North America, the baseball season is under way, with football soon to follow.

Lemur Latrine Trees Serve as Community Bulletin Boards — Primatologists spent almost 1,100 hours watching lemurs do their business on their designated tree and concluded that urine and glandular secretions serve as posted messages. Steve Mirsky reports. People have been leaving messages on bathroom walls for thousands of years. Just google " ancient Roman bathroom graffiti."

Let's Get Small: A Panel on Nanoscience — Scientific American senior editor Josh Fischman joins nanoscience researchers Shana Kelly, Yamuna Krishnan, Benjamin Bratton and moderator Bridget Kendall from the BBC World Service program The Forum .

Building A Better Microscope: 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry — The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. The winning work is explained by chemistry Nobel committee members Sven Lidin and Måns Ehrenberg.

2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry — Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner share the 2014 chemistry Nobel for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, which has enabled the study of single molecules in ongoing chemical reactions in living cells. Steve Mirsky reports. "This year's prize is about how the optical microscope became a nanoscope."

Blue-Light-Special-2014-Nobel-Prize-in-Physics - Scientific American — The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for the invention of efficient blue-light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. The winning work is explained by physics Nobel committee members Per Delsing and Olle Inganäs.
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Oct 24, 2014

@DeliaCabe Yah, Trump's notions should probably be, ya know, put in quarantine.

Oct 24, 2014

@steveashleyplus This movie ends w Kurt Russell and Keith David drinking scotch while waiting to freeze to death.

Oct 24, 2014

AntiSemitic Neo-Nazi calls another AntiSemitic Neo-Nazi a "nebbish." ht @Salon

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