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Hysterical about hysteria

I've been really bothered by coverage of the supposed meteorite in southeastern Peru and of villagers getting sick. People have been way too quick to leap to mass hysteria as the explanation for the strange events...

September 26, 2007 — George Musser

Into thin air: Altitude's toll on the brain

_____________________ Introduction by David Dobbs
Editor, Mind Matters "The mountains," wrote climbing enthusiast Sir Francis Younghusband, "reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits." Yet those who earn these gifts pay a unique price...

September 25, 2007 — David Dobbs

Frightening new maps of U.S. coastal areas to be inundated by global warming

These maps correspond with a one meter rise in sea level -- the amount of sea level rise scientists predict will occur whether or not we cease emitting carbon today, on account of all the warming the earth has yet to do in order to reach equilibrium with the amount of C02 we've already put into the atmosphere...

September 24, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Backyard Science: A New Cure for Bruises?

A few days ago I grilled up some kielbasa in my Brooklyn backyard. Several mosquitoes were also enjoying dinner in my backyard, and one of them hit the motherlode: the little sucker bit me right on a bruise (a relic from SciAm's recent softball game against Popular Science)...

September 13, 2007 — Karen Schrock

An interview with Alex, the African grey parrot

As you may have heard, Alex, the celebrated African Grey parrot, died recently. He was 31. Irene Pepperberg of Brandeis University began working with Alex when he was little more than a year old, hoping to gain insights into avian intelligence...

September 12, 2007 — Kate Wong

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