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A bite of fresh lilac: The age-old allure of edible flowers

When I was little, I ate lilac petals. With zest. I don’t remember too much about our Moscow apartment, but I do recall with absolutely clarity the large vase overflowing with lilac petals that would appear, like clockwork, every May, along with the long-elusive warmth of spring that was, at long last, allowed to flow into our rooms through the newly opened windows...

June 3, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

Wasps aren't objective when it comes to fighting

If you grew up with brothers or sisters you will know that competition is a key part of childhood. Personally, I experienced competition for food resources (the last bar of chocolate), parental investment (attention) and other more unusual resources (the best colour of lego pieces).As we age, we continue competing, although what we compete for changes...

June 3, 2013 — Felicity Muth

Introducing: Allyson Green

This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public...

STAFFJune 3, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

More Powerful Search for ScientificAmerican.com

We have launched a new and improved search page for ScientificAmerican.com. We started by researching how other sites handle search. The majority of the web sites we reviewed use Google for their site search but we found some good examples on U.K...

STAFFJune 3, 2013 — Angela Cesaro

Decoding Space and Time in the Brain

"...henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union between the two will preserve an independent reality." This now iconic quote spoken by Hermann Minkowski in 1906 captured the spirit of Albert Einstein's recently published special theory of relativity...

June 3, 2013 — Aiden Arnold

Glowing Futures

Back in 2010 I was a teaching fellow for a group of undergraduates competing in the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) with a project on "personalized" genetic engineering of plants...

June 3, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

Ahhh, Music To My... Eyes?

If you couldn't hear, would music still resonate with you? Whether you listen to opera, death metal or jazz, most hearing individuals would agree that music is one of the sublime pleasures in life...

June 3, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

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