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Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific American

Why Humans Give Birth to Helpless Babies

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.

August 28, 2012 — Kate Wong

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches New Low

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.

August 27, 2012 — David Biello

Pediatricians Group Praises Benefits of Circumcision for Male Infants

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.

August 27, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

When-if Ever-Was Cycling Drug-Free?

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.

August 24, 2012 — John Matson

Scientific American Snags "Science in Society" Essay Award

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.

August 24, 2012 — Fred Guterl

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