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Obama to Announce $2-Billion Plan to Get U.S. Cars off Gasoline

President Obama visits the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, Calif., in 2009. Credit: White House/Lawrence Jackson This afternoon, President Barack Obama will ask Congress to direct our cars, trucks and buses to a realm that doesn’t include gas stations.

March 15, 2013 — Philip Yam

Penn & Teller's Cups-and-Balls Magic Trick

Ed. Note: Elements of this article first appeared in our book, Sleights of Mind, and a press release about our research article published in PeerJ. Video: Teller--Stuck ball experimental condition"Cups and Balls," a magic illusion in which balls appear and disappear under the cover of cups, is one of the oldest magic tricks in history, with documented descriptions going back to Roman conjurors in 3 B.C.

March 14, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

February Best of the Blogs

Video of the Week #83, March 14th, 2013: From: Best of the Blogs Video by Bora Zivkovic at A Blog Around The Clock . Source: Carin Bondar on the Scientific American YouTube Channel 'Best of the Blogs' is a monthly video series that highlights some of the most fascinating stories from the Scientific American blog network.

March 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

I'm Not Celebrating Pi Day This Year

  A variety of pies celebrating the number pi. Source: flickr/djwtwo. On the one hand, I like Pi Day because I get to eat pizza and/or pie, and I like things that get people excited about math, but on the other hand, I'm an adult, and I get to eat pizza and/or pie whenever I want, Pi Day or no.

March 14, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Wired and Wireless Components of the Brain

Traditionally, we have understood the immune system and the nervous system as two distinct and unrelated entities. The former fights disease by responding to pathogens and stimulating inflammation and other responses.

March 14, 2013 — Jon Lieff

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