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Steve Mirsky

New York City
Editor, Columnist, and Podcaster — Scientific American

Editor, columnist, podcaster for @sciam magazine. Opinions expressed are my own and are subject to revision with new information. Bar Mitzvah boy.

Big Bang of Body Types: Sports Science at the Olympics and Beyond — David Epstein talks about his 2013 bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance and his recent Scientific American article Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at the Brave New Olympics.

The Trainable Cat Is a Guide to the Hows and Whys of Focusing Your Feline — Habitual readers of this column may recall me mentioning that I have two cats. Or perhaps I should rephrase in light of the old adage "dogs have owners; cats have staff." So let's say that two cats have deigned to live with me in return for various services I provide, such as food delivery, health care and the administration of belly rubs.

Grand Canyon Rapids Ride For Evolution Education — Each summer, the National Center for Science Education organizes a boat trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to bring visitors face to wall-face with striking examples of geological and evolutionary processes.

Imagine All the People Turning Blue and Green — Steve Mirsky: This Scientific American podcast is brought to you by, your source for audio books and more. features 100,000 titles, including Walter Isaacson's biography Albert Einstein: His Life and Universe, Narrated by Edward Herrmann and Stephen Hawking's The Theory of Everything, Narrated Michael York.

Author Mary Roach Looks at "the Curious Science" of the Military — When I was a kid, the taunt "Your mother wears Army boots" had not yet gone completely out of fashion. But the razz packed no punch for me. I could respond, "Actually she wears Marine Corps boots, and she will beat the hell out of your mother."

The Science of Soldiering: Mary Roach's Grunt

Inbred Songbirds Croon Out Of Tune — Just like humans have to learn to talk, songbirds aren't just born singing-they have to learn to carry a tune. "So in the beginning they just babble." Raissa de Boer, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. "And they learn from a tutor, so they need an example song in order to learn it."

Great Red Spot Helps Explain Jupiter's Warm Upper Atmosphere — For most people, Jupiter's most recognizable-and mysterious-feature is the Great Red Spot. For centuries, astronomers have watched the storm spin across the giant world's face. But for planetary scientists, Jupiter's most distinctive mystery may be what's called the "energy crisis" of its upper atmosphere: how do temperatures average about as warm as Earth's even though the enormous planet is more than fives times further away from the sun?

Beaver Dams Strengthened By Humans Help Fish Rebound — In the early 19 th century, the fur industry reached what was then known as the Oregon Territories. Lewis and Clark found massive numbers of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout there, swimming among the beaver dams scattered across the Columbia River Basin.

Frigate Bird Flights Last Months — Great frigate birds are extraordinary creatures. They're seabirds with six-foot wingspans, yet they weigh only about three pounds. Their preferred food: flying fish -which they pluck out of the air above the water's surface. Frigate birds' feathers aren't waterproof, so landing on the water to fish is a no-go.
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Aug 27, 2016

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Aug 27, 2016

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