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

Ancient Biblical Scroll Gets Read While Wrapped

scientificamerican.com — In the 1970s, researchers unearthing an ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi, near the Dead Sea, discovered the structure's Holy Ark-the container in which early Jews would have stored the Bible as they prayed. The site was home to a large Jewish community from about 800 BCE until a huge fire there in about 600 CE.

Birch Trees Droop At Night With No Rays in Sight

scientificamerican.com — It's easy to see that some plants change from day to night-flowers open and close, and even turn to face the sun. In 1880 Darwin noted that the leaves and seedlings of various plants appeared to engage in nighttime changes that he called sleep.

Some Malaria Mosquitoes May Prefer Cows to Us

scientificamerican.com — As you've probably experienced firsthand, some mosquito species have a real taste for warm, human blood. So much so that if you raise them on it the lab, they'll accept no substitute. "Fortunately, I don't get major reactions at all." Brad Main is a mosquito geneticist at UC Davis...

Drunk People Feel Soberer around Heavy Drinkers

scientificamerican.com — Volunteers in scientific studies sometimes get compensated. The payment can be cash, a gift card or something almost worthless: "It's amazing what people will do for a lollipop, when they've had a few drinks." Simon Moore is a professor of public health research at Cardiff University in the U.K.

Drunk People Feel More Sober Around Heavy Drinkers

scientificamerican.com — Volunteers in scientific studies sometimes get compensated. The payment can be cash, a gift card or something almost worthless: "It's amazing what people will do for a lollipop, when they've had a few drinks." Simon Moore is a professor of public health research at Cardiff University in the U.K.

Oldest Known Indigo Dye Found in Peru

scientificamerican.com — Many people remember the colors of the rainbow by the acronym ROY G. BIV. For red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Well, the color indigo just made news. Indigo gets its name from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and its relatives, which supply the dye that makes fabric the rich, beautiful color between blue and violet.

Road Noise Makes Birds' Lives Tougher

scientificamerican.com — Songbird and traffic noise] It's hard to be a bird in our human-dominated world. You can barely hear yourself sing, let along hear the songs of your friends... and you can forget about hearing a predator. Noise is almost everywhere. Especially noise from traffic. A whopping 83 percent of the surface of the continental U.S.

World Wilderness Down 10 Percent In 20 Years

scientificamerican.com — Only about 23 percent of the world's land area is still what you'd call wilderness-where indigenous people, wildlife, plants and microbes get a chance to live with little or no disturbance from large human populations. But even that current figure of 23 percent is down by a tenth in just the last couple of decades.

We Talk With Brasserie Jo's Chef Nick Calias

thedailymeal.com — a five-star luxury hotel in 's Back Bay neighborhood is loaded with amenities, but onsite restaurant Brasserie Jo is the shining star that first gained prominence in 1998 as the first authentic French brasserie to open in the city.

Scientists Ride the Rapids in the Grand Canyon

scientificamerican.com — Scientific American editor Steve Mirsky floated down the Colorado River with experts, who shared what they saw along the walls of this natural wonder.
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