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  • Quantum Shorts 2014 Winners [Video]

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    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. While last year’s contest was about short-form [...]

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

    Elizabeth Blackburn, winner of 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. As a researcher, she started studying Tetrahymena, which lives in pond [...]

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    Scenes from the White House Science Fair

    Harry Paul of Port Washington, N.Y., himself born with congenital scoliosis, developed an implant that "grows" with the child, extending the time between invasive operations. Credit: Mariette DiChristina

    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. I saw projects for the [...]

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    Hangout with Kit Parker: Engineering the Body

    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 [...]

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    The Science of Learning and Trying

    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 [...]

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    Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 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 [...]

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    15 Surprises about Scientific American

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    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. Scientific American serves science enthusiasts, scientists, business leaders, policy leaders, educators and students [...]

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    Scientific American Video: We’re Huge in Hungary

    screenshot from video "What Happens to Your Body After You Die," with Hungarian subtitles

    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 [...]

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    A New Vision for Scientific American’s Blog Network

    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 [...]

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    A New Way to Share Articles—and Help Advance Science

    ReadCube enables content sharing from nature.com

    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. But its progress is motivated at every step by the larger questions in which all men have a [...]

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