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40 Years of Health Care for Women-Including Access to Abortion Services

40 Years of Health Care for Women-Including Access to Abortion Services

Today’s political rhetoric in the U.S. makes it easy to fall into the trap of viewing abortion services as outside the realm of women’s health care—but a recent event in Manhattan belied that logical flaw, just as Scientific American did in an editorial in its May 2012 issue.

January 22, 2013 — Robin Lloyd
Alpha males and adventurous human females : gender and synthetic genomics

Alpha males and adventurous human females : gender and synthetic genomics

In May of 2010, two influential Science papers changed the way that we think about the past and future of genomes. The decoding of the Neandertal genome showed that humans and Neandertals interbred some time before Neandertals went extinct some 30,000 years ago.

January 22, 2013 — Christina Agapakis
What a fake Mars mission says about our own sleep habits

What a fake Mars mission says about our own sleep habits

On 'Mars'. Credit: {link url="http://spaceinimages.esa.int/Images/2011/02/Marswalk_training"}ESA/IPMB{/link} On 4 November 2011, six men emerged from a windowless capsule based on the site of the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, Russia.

January 22, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
The Citizen Science of Climate Change: We are not bystanders

The Citizen Science of Climate Change: We are not bystanders

Superstorm Sandy prior to the 2012 Presidential election put climate change on the mind of many voters. Earlier this month, a Federal Advisory Committee of 13 collaborating agencies released a Draft Climate Assessment Report for public review.

January 22, 2013 — Caren Cooper
Asteroid Hunter Gives an Update on the Threat of Near-Earth Objects

Asteroid Hunter Gives an Update on the Threat of Near-Earth Objects

Two very different asteroids. Photo courtesy of NASA An Earth impact by a large comet or asteroid could knock out human civilization with a single blow, as most people are now aware thanks to recent Hollywood movies and public outreach by planetary scientists.

January 22, 2013 — Will Ferguson
"Skull in the Rock" Brings New Paleo Science to Kids [Excerpt]

"Skull in the Rock" Brings New Paleo Science to Kids [Excerpt]

In 2008, the 9-year-old son of paleoanthropologist Lee Berger discovered a fossil that landed Berger's team on the covers of the journal Science, of Scientific American, and on the front pages of newspapers including The New York Times.

January 22, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
Chimps in Uganda: Rising Conflict

Chimps in Uganda: Rising Conflict

It was a day off from the field, an opportunity for a bit of mental respite and physical relaxation. The quiet peace of the day was halted, however, when I received an alarming text message from my field assistant, Nick.

January 22, 2013 — Maureen McCarthy
Seeking "Higher" Ground: The Dangers of Designer Drugs

Seeking "Higher" Ground: The Dangers of Designer Drugs

Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated with ways to alter consciousness, and have gone to great lengths to reach a "higher" ground. From naturally occurring substances such as opium and betel nuts, to synthetic drugs like LSD, people have long experimented with mind-altering substances.

January 22, 2013 — Harry Leider

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