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  • A Hangout with Google Science Fair in Swaziland

    Left to right: Sakhiwe Shongwe, TH Culhane, Bonkhe Mahlalela, Rohit Fenn, Bayinda, Amit Fenn in Swaziland. Credit: YouTube

    You know what’s awesome? Seeing a bunch of young people at work on changing the world to make it a better place for all. Today, I hosted a Google Science Fair Hangout On Air on Sustainability in Swaziland, and I got to have that privilege. Now I want to share it with you. My fellow [...]

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    A Hangout IN Air–Off a Cliff Face–for Science

    Jason Osborne rappelling, running Hangout On Air with phone, and looking for fossils. Credit: Aaron Alford.

    When I last did a Google Science Fair Hangout On Air with Jason Osborne and Aaron Alford, founders of Paleo Quest, they were diving in a swamp looking for fossils. Yesterday, they took their fossil quest to new heights, rather literally: this time, they hung on ropes off the side of a cliff for a [...]

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    Hangout with Canopy Researcher Margaret Lowman

    Margaret Lowman of the California Academy of Sciences. Credit: Google Hangout On Air

    Margaret Lowman, who also goes by the nickname “Canopy Meg,” is chief of science and sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on life and ecosystems at the top of the forest canopy in far-flung places, including the Amazon and Ethiopia. In a Google Science Fair Hangout On Air conversation with me, [...]

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    Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 3: Wearable sensors to aid the aging, a device that helps people with developmental disabilities communicate, and converting wasted heat from a kitchen stove into electricity

    On August 6, the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind the projects to describe their work and themselves. Name: Kenneth Shinozuka Age: 15 Country: United States Project: Wearable Sensors: A Novel Healthcare Solution [...]

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    Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 2: Building a barrier against desertification, developing an app for farmers, and an app-driven map-based approach to emergency management systems

    On August 6, the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind the projects to describe their work and themselves. Meet four young scientists who share their thoughts on how to improve the world. Name: [...]

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    Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 1: Preventing damage from earthquakes, modular house plan for water conservation, and a frictionless electricity generator

    On August 6, the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind the projects to describe their work and themselves. First up, five teens from India, Singapore, Indonesia, Russia and Egypt. Name: Dev Shaurya Singhal [...]

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    Scientific American Editor Testifies at U.S. Senate

    Mariette DiChristina

    At a hearing on the future of federal research investment, a science magazine editor and three noted scientists asked the U.S. Senate to support basic research

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    Meet the Voices of Science

    “I’m good now, Mariette. Are you good?” I was. It was a Sunday morning in October 2013, and Danielle Lee, author of The Urban Scientist blog on Scientific American’s network, and I were talking about the future. Since I became editor in chief in December 2009, the team and I had been focusing on what [...]

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    Thank You, Guest Editor LeVar Burton

    Image credit: Reading Rainbow

    We at Scientific American share several passions with the actor, producer and educator LeVar Burton: fostering children’s literacy, science, social good and education. And, of course, Star Trek. So perhaps it’s only natural that this past Wednesday we welcomed Burton as our Guest Editor for the day. Burton conducted a “site takeover”—making story assignments, deciding [...]

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    Star Trek’s LeVar Burton to Be Scientific American Guest Web Editor June 11

    LeVar Burton

    NuqneH! Buy’ ngop! That’s “greetings” and “good news” in Klingon. These otherworldly tidings seem like a fitting way to let you know that LeVar Burton, who played the U.S.S. Enterprise’s chief engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be guest editor of Scientific American’s Web site on Wednesday, June 11. Burton [...]

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