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Paying with Plastic: Not Just for Credit Cards

Paying with Plastic: Not Just for Credit Cards

Plastic money. Source: Bank of Canada In 1966, five guys with a bunch of regular office supply store paper created hundreds of thousands of dollars in counterfeit $10 Australian bills.

January 8, 2013 — Shannon Palus
Welcome Roots of Unity the newest blog at #SciAmBlogs

Welcome Roots of Unity the newest blog at #SciAmBlogs

I am very excited to announce the launch of the newest blog on our network. Now, our regular readers are probably familiar with the name - Evelyn Lamb (Twitter), who was an intern at Scientific American last fall, and continues to freelance for us now, mainly covering math.

STAFFJanuary 7, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Image of the Week #74, January 7th, 2013: From: Sherlock Holmes, the mindful detective by Maria Konnikova at Literally Psyched .

January 7, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Umami and Human Happiness: How Powerful is the Fifth Flavor?

Umami and Human Happiness: How Powerful is the Fifth Flavor?

Although glutamate was discovered in 1908, it wasn't until the 1980s that it came to be described as 'umami', the fifth flavor. It is a savory taste, to go along with our other flavors of sweet, salty, bitter and sour.

January 7, 2013 — Carin Bondar
How to Revive the Promise of Better Health Care through IT

How to Revive the Promise of Better Health Care through IT

Image courtesy of iStockphoto/LeventKonuk Four years ago the Obama administration offered up $19 billion in stimulus funds to help get health care IT (including electronic health records, or EHRs) in the pink—or at least in the black.Better information technology throughout the health care system would save money, improve care and bring the health care industry into the 21st century, proponents argued.But, as is obvious by the continuance of paper records, isolated institutional networks and clunky interfaces, health care IT is still in critical condition.A new report, assembled by the RAND Corporation, a non-profit, non-partisan research group, suggests that health care IT is not a hopeless case, however.

January 7, 2013 — Katherine Harmon
Parasitic Wasps Master Microbiology In Addition To Neurochemistry

Parasitic Wasps Master Microbiology In Addition To Neurochemistry

"Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death, and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren." - Johnny Quid, RocknRolla Female of the Emerald cockroach wasp Ampulex compressa manipulating an American cockroach, Periplaneta americana , which has been made docile by wasp venom and that will serve as food for the wasp larva.

January 7, 2013 — Christie Wilcox
The First Root of Unity

The First Root of Unity

  This is what I look like standing on a tilted post near Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York.   Welcome to Roots of Unity! I'm Evelyn Lamb, and I am a mathematician.

January 7, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

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