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First Biennial Kavli Prizewinners Announced

First Biennial Kavli Prizewinners Announced

Seven scientists from three scientific disciplines today were awarded the first biennial Kavli Prizes. Each of the three award categories come with $1-million cash prize for researchers working in astrophysics, neuroscience and nanoscience.

May 28, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
World Science Festival: fun for the whole family

World Science Festival: fun for the whole family

SciAm editors invite all to attend the World Science Festival in New York City, from May 28 to June 1. The festival takes place throughout New York, from a beach in Queens to the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

May 23, 2008 — Christie Nicholson
Health care reform, one fainting spell at a time

Health care reform, one fainting spell at a time

When I wrote last week about Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.), an allergist-turned member of Congress who turned down the vaunted Federal employee health insurance plan and has his own plan for health care reform, I had no idea just how quickly he planned to work.

May 16, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
DuPont and Danisco fuel new ethanol venture

DuPont and Danisco fuel new ethanol venture

Chemical maker E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (more commonly known as DuPont) and Danish biotech firm Danisco, A/S, are pumping resources into ethanol, which they hope will meet an anticipated rapidly growing demand for the biofuel, a demand that critics say will raise food prices and cause even worse damage to the environment than gasoline.

May 15, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
Self-experimenters of the world, unite!?

Self-experimenters of the world, unite!?

In putting together our recent series on self-experimenters, I kept wondering whether one could harness the do-it-yourself ethos that drives people to experiment on themselves and channel it into something more rigorous.

May 14, 2008 — JR Minkel
Virus Outbreak Shakes China

Virus Outbreak Shakes China

Updated from a May 5 blog entry Chinese health-care officials are scrambling to contain the outbreak of a contagious and sometimes deadly intestinal virus--known as Enterovirus 71 (EV71)--that has already claimed the lives of at least 28 children and is likely to continue spreading.

May 7, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
Yes, the earth moved for me...

Yes, the earth moved for me...

I slept through this morning's Midwest quake, but I sure felt this aftershock an hour ago: That's a seismograph in West Lafayette, IN. The online image gets updated every 10 minutes.

April 18, 2008 — Graham P. Collins
Saving wildlife by killing it

Saving wildlife by killing it

In 2002 conservationists used helicopters to bomb Anacapa Island, off the coast of California, with the rodent-killing poison brodifacoum. They managed to wipe out their target—an invasive species of black rats that had been living on the island for more than a century—but they also knocked out a native population of deer mice and killed some rodent-eating raptors, like the peregrine falcon.

April 16, 2008 — David Biello
Pediatrician zings Jenny McCarthy over vaccines and autism

Pediatrician zings Jenny McCarthy over vaccines and autism

Is Larry King Live the ideal venue for a reasoned discussion about a controversial topic in science? That was the question Wednesday when one of King’s guests was former actress and model Jenny McCarthy, whose 5-year-old son, Evan was diagnosed with autism at age 2.

April 4, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
The big bang in musical form

The big bang in musical form

I talked to string theorist Brian Greene earlier this afternoon about the upcoming World Science Festival, and he remarked about how many artists of all types, from painters to musicians to choreographers, have been inspired by scientific discoveries.

April 4, 2008 — George Musser

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