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  • Welcome to the New <em></em> SA @ScientificAmerican

    Welcome to the New

    By Mariette DiChristina | 6 minutes ago |

    Scientific American celebrated its 170th anniversary in August and is the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S. Yet, as I like to say, it is new and evolving every day. Now the team and I are very pleased to share a new way to enjoy Scientific American : a bright, clean responsively redesigned Web site . […]

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  • Submarines and Sea Monkeys Guest Blog

    Submarines and Sea Monkeys

    By Kyle Frischkorn | 46 minutes ago |

    Every night a mysterious layer rises from the murky depths of the ocean, as though the seafloor has suddenly become detached and is floating to the surface. This cloud-like specter is ubiquitous, and so dense that during World War II it confounded the U.S. […]

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  • Can Integrated Information Theory Explain Consciousness? Cross-Check

    Can Integrated Information Theory Explain Consciousness?

    By John Horgan | 2 hours ago |

    How does matter make mind? More specifically, how does a physical object generate subjective experiences like those you are immersed in as you read this sentence? How does stuff become conscious ? This is called the mind-body problem, or, by philosopher David Chalmers, the “hard problem.” I expressed doubt that the hard problem can be solved--a position called mysterianism-- in The End of Science . […]

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  • Trying to follow my own advice The Urban Scientist

    Trying to follow my own advice

    By DNLee | 15 hours ago |

    The last two years have been Amaze-Balls for me. Never, ever, NEVER in my wildest dreams had I ever envisioned I would have been invited to the White House, be listed as a top African American Influencer, be at Cornell, or become a TED Fellow. It's exciting, and also overwhelming. […]

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  • Is it Time for a Personal Growth Mindset? MIND Beautiful Minds

    Is it Time for a Personal Growth Mindset?

    By Scott Barry Kaufman | 15 hours ago |

    In education circles, the phrase "growth mindset" is everywhere. According to Carol Dweck, those with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed over time, whereas those with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence remains stable across the lifespan.  To  test  whether people have a growth mindset, Dweck uses items such as: "No matter who you are, you can significantly change your intelligence level." "You can always substantially change how intelligent you are." "No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit." "You can change even your basic intelligence level considerably." Dweck and her colleagues have found that fostering an academic growth mindset can raise school grades, and reduce racial, gender, and social class gaps in academic achievement (see  recent review ).  Clearly this work is important. But here's the thing: Dweck's growth mindset really isn't a mindset. […]

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  • Why EVs Can Reduce (But Not Eliminate) Urban Air Pollution Plugged In

    Why EVs Can Reduce (But Not Eliminate) Urban Air Pollution

    By Melissa C. Lott | 17 hours ago |

    An “ all-electric” future for city transportation fleets could significantly reduce – but not eliminate urban air pollution. With dropping battery prices and pressure to reduce air pollution in cities, increasing attention is being paid to the potential for electricity to power urban transportation fleets. […]

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  • The Nepal Scenario Plugged In

    The Nepal Scenario

    By Tali Trigg | 17 hours ago |

    Energy security is often spoken of as a relative measure, with a potential to improve . However, in a global energy market, it is seldom the case that a country does not rely on at least some imports, even though certain smaller countries are getting close to producing all of their own electricity from domestic renewable sources. […]

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  • Bees Learn Which Flowers Have Pollen MIND Not bad science

    Bees Learn Which Flowers Have Pollen

    By Felicity Muth | 20 hours ago |

    Honeybees and bumblebees are remarkable little creatures. Apart from the pollination services they provide for our agricultural industry, they also are extremely good at learning about things . Why are they such good learners? Because bees visit a wide variety of flowers which differ in the quality of food they offer, it makes sense for a bee to be able to rapidly learn which flowers have the best food available. […]

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  • Can You Tell Mathematics from Poetry? Take the Quiz to Find out Roots of Unity

    Can You Tell Mathematics from Poetry? Take the Quiz to Find out

    By Evelyn Lamb | 20 hours ago |

    Can you tell whether these quotations are about mathematics or poetry ? If quiz does not load, click here . Thanks to JoAnne Growney for the idea for this quiz. I based it on a post from her math poetry blog , which was in turn based on a 1992 article she wrote for the American Mathematical Monthly (page 131 of the February 1992 issue). […]

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    Art Business Bootcamp Looks Like the Kick You Need

    By Glendon Mellow | November 30, 2015 |

    Registration ends today for Art Business Boot Camp , an online course that looks fantastically comprehensive, run by illustrator/art director Marc Scheff ( @marcscheff ) and graphic designer/art director Lauren Panepinto ( @planetpinto ).& […]

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