Human babies enter the world utterly dependent on caregivers to tend to their every need. Although newborns of other primate species rely on caregivers, too, human infants are especially helpless because their brains are comparatively underdeveloped.
The cap of ice that sits atop the North Pole has shrunk to a record extent—and there is likely still more melting to come before the end of the summer of 2012.
Image courtesy of iStockphoto/HannamariaH Evidence for the long-term health benefits of circumcision for newborn boys has been mounting for years. Today the influential group the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) declared that the procedure is, indeed, beneficial—and that it should be covered by public and private health insurance plans.
Volume 1, Number 1 of Scientific American: The Advocate of Industry and Enterprise, and Journal of Mechanical and Other Improvements. Thursday August 28, 1845.
Armstrong riding in the 2005 Tour de France. Credit: Bjarte Hetland via Wikimedia Commons “It’s a great rarity today for someone to achieve athletic success who doesn’t take drugs.” That quote seems rather timely, in the wake of the news that cyclist Lance Armstrong will no longer fight the accusations of doping leveled at him by the U.S.
By flickr user peteSwede. License CC BY 2.0 A gunman shot several people outside the Empire State Building today. Before police officers killed the suspect, ten people were shot, one fatally.
Source: League of Women Voters Education in science, technology and engineering leads to strong, innovative future generations. Scientists and educators (probably rightly) credit the U.S.'s global leadership to advances in these fields.
We are thrilled to pass along the news that Scientific American has won this year's prestigious Science in Society award, given by the National Association of Science Writers, for the essay Ban Chimp Testing that appeared online and in our October 2011 issue.
Two S. quadrispinosum engage in reciprocal copulation; image courtesy of Lange, et al./PLoS ONE Two-part barbed penises, a physical struggle and 20 minutes of penetration.
People have gotten good at multitasking, but sometimes this skill is taken too far, and the result can be deadly. Texting while driving a car is a prime example.
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