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SciAm Readers Prioritize MP3s Over MPGs

Thank you for your input as no less than 100 readers were kind enough to participate in my not-so-scientific survey of what is least important to them, when given a choice to give up one item ranging between a TV, vehicle, laptop/tablet, and a smartphone.

April 30, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

When Bran Ferren was 9 years old his parents took him to the Pantheon in Rome. He looked around  at the marble and sculptures, which seemed typical in the ancient city, and then he looked up at the ceiling, which didn't seem typical at all.

March 18, 2014 — Fred Guterl
1915 Warning: Beware of Used-Car Salesmen

1915 Warning: Beware of Used-Car Salesmen

Suspicion of used-car dealers has a long history in the U.S. if an article in a 1915 supplement to Scientific American is any guide. The story, Buying a Second-Hand Automobile, by Victor W.

December 30, 2013 — Ricki Rusting

Who Wants a Driver's License?

In the last post I presented results from my poll on the importance of cars to your everyday life. The results suggest, simply put, that its importance is sliding downwards.

May 16, 2014 — Tali Trigg