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  • Quantum Shorts 2014 Winners [Video]

    By Mariette DiChristina | April 27, 2015 |

    The word “quantum” describes something very small but interest in the topic looms large for many of us at Scientific American . So we were pleased this year to partner again with the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore on the Quantum Shorts 2014 Contest. […]

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  • Hangout with Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn: Can Cells Live Forever?

    Hangout with Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn: Can Cells Live Forever?

    By Mariette DiChristina | April 3, 2015 |

    Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California at San Francisco, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University and Jack Szostak of Harvard University, was fascinated about animals and life while growing up in Tasmania. […]

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  • Scenes from the White House Science Fair

    Scenes from the White House Science Fair

    By Mariette DiChristina | March 26, 2015 |

    At the fifth annual White House Science Fair on March 23, 2015, some 30 students shared their hard work on their research projects and collected insights. It was striking how many of these young people were trying to address problems that we adults had either created or left unsolved ourselves. […]

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  • Hangout with Kit Parker: Engineering the Body

    Hangout with Kit Parker: Engineering the Body

    By Mariette DiChristina | March 25, 2015 |

    Kit Parker of Harvard holds up nanofibers. When I told Kit Parker of Harvard University to think about explaining what he does to teenagers who would be watching our Google Science Fair Hangout On Air earlier today, he had a great answer for me: “My job is to work on cool.” Among Parker’s many “cool” research passions are understanding cardiac cell biology and tissue engineering, understanding new ways to treat traumatic brain injury, creating organs on a chip to test new drugs, and developing nanofibers to help treat wounds. […]

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  • The Science of Learning and Trying

    The Science of Learning and Trying

    By Mariette DiChristina | March 11, 2015 |

    To really change the future of education for the better, we need a combination of creative vision powered by the social entrepreneurship of education leaders and teachers. This is why the annual South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu) conference is so unique and valuable — a time when thousands of entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers and thought leaders from all over the world convene to learn, discuss and tackle some of the largest issues facing education today, together. […]

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  • Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015

    By Mariette DiChristina | March 4, 2015 |

    What innovations are leaping out of the labs to shape the world in powerful ways? Identifying those compelling innovations is the charge of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, one of the World Economic Forum’s network of expert communities that form the Global Agenda Councils, which today released its Top 10 List of Emerging Technologies for 2015 . […]

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  • 15 Surprises about Scientific American

    15 Surprises about Scientific American

    By Mariette DiChristina | February 22, 2015 |

    First issue of Scientific American, 1845. Scientific American ‘s parent company, Macmillan Science & Education strives to be both a place where curious minds gather together to achieve great things for our customers–and where we can, working together as a company, be more than the sum of our parts. […]

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  • Scientific American Video: We’re Huge in Hungary

    By The Editors | January 26, 2015 |

    In early January, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti noticed that our video “What Happens to Your Body after You Die?” had 466,000 views on YouTube. Well, now it has more than 989,000. Holy cow. At first, we had no idea what was happening, but it struck us that maybe we should investigate what, indeed, was happening, so we might learn from it. […]

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  • A New Vision for Scientific American's Blog Network

    By The Editors | December 15, 2014 |

    Blogs have been part of the media ecosystem for more than a decade now, but news outlets are still wrestling with how to best incorporate them into their operations. Dave Winer, one of the medium’s pioneers, once defined a blog as, “the unedited voice of a person.” Further to that, he argued: “If it was one voice, unedited, not determined by group-think — then it was a blog, no matter what form it took. […]

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  • A New Way to Share Articles—and Help Advance Science

    A New Way to Share Articles—and Help Advance Science

    By Mariette DiChristina | December 1, 2014 |

    Scientific American readers who click on our story links to will now be able to access the full journal articles, providing deeper insights into the process of science. Credit: Nature Paging through some old Scientific American scrapbooks recently, I found this gem from Gerard Piel, a past publisher , in a 1958 article: “Science moves forward in little jumps with small accretions to the total body of knowledge. […]

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