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The Rise of a New Science Superpower?

Since the turn of the 21st century, the number scientific papers published predominantly by Chinese researchers in any of the Nature journals has risen from six to nearly 150 according to a new index published by Nature on May 12...

June 1, 2011 — David Biello

Did You "Bring Science Home"?

This month Scientific American launched 20 free at-home science activities with our inaugural Bring Science Home series. We hope you've enjoyed trying some of them and that you will continue to visit our Education page for more ways to do a little more science every day—at any age...

May 31, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

Big Plans for Nanotechnology in Russia

MOSCOW, RUSSIA. “As has often happened in Russia, we have had the priority in scientific invention, but completely lose the market,” Anatoly Chubais, chief executive of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, Rusnano[], told members of the Scientific American international editions during a visit today...

May 30, 2011 — Mariette DiChristina

Give and You Shall Receive--A Boost to Your Self-Esteem

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Self-esteem is something we all want, and, experts say, need for our mental health. But the more we chase this notion, trying to build ourselves up in our own eyes, the more it eludes our grasp: a body of research shows that doggedly pursuing self-worth backfires, because that pursuit implies a level of ego-involvement that is unhealthy...

May 29, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

The HDL Conundrum: What's Bad about Drugs for Good Cholesterol?

After federal officials announced on May 26 the halting of a trial probing whether Abbott Laboratories' formulation of the B vitamin niacin can help prevent heart disease and strokes, scientists and physicians were left with an  immediate follow-on question...

May 27, 2011 — Gary Stix

Chinese Prison Inmates Forced to Moonlight as World of Warcraft "Gold Farmers" for Guards

Earlier this week, the Guardian newspaper based in London told the story of a former prisoner at northeast China's Jixi labor camp who spent his days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines and his weary nights forcibly playing World of Warcraft (WoW) for hours on end to build up virtual currency that his jailers could sell for actual money...

May 27, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

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