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  • September 2017 | Scientific American

    September 2017

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    In this issue: "Promiscuous Men, Chaste Women and Other Gender Myths": The notion that behavioral differences between the sexes are innate and immutable does not hold up under scrutiny. "Is there a 'Female' Brain?": The debate over whether men and women have meaningfully different brains could have profound implications for health and personal identity. "When Sex and Gender Collide": Studies of transgender kids are revealing fascinating insights about gender in the brain. "Not Just for Men": Researchers must dig deeper into gender differences before they can provide better treatments.

  • August 2017 | Scientific American

    August 2017

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    In this issue: "Life Springs": Deep oceans were thought to hold life's origins. New evidence points instead to an active volcanic landscape. "Building a Better Harvest": Scientists are learning to manipulate the complex conversation that plants have with microbes, pests, nutrients, and other elements in hopes of averting a future famine. "Talking to Ourselves": Studies of the conversations people have with themselves open a window on the hidden working of the mind. "Requiem for the Vaquita": What the demise of a small Mexican porpoise tells us about extinction in the 21st century.

  • Warmer Oceans, Stronger Hurricanes: Scientific American | Kevin E. Trenberth,Scientific American

    Warmer Oceans, Stronger Hurricanes: Scientific American

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    Evidence is mounting that global warming enhances a cyclone's damaging winds and flooding rains. Learn more in this article, "Warmer Oceans, Stronger Hurricanes", from the July 2007 edition of Scientific American.

  • Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition |  Scientific American

    Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition

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    Reading the cracked brown fragments of fossils and sequences of DNA, scientists have found clues that the story of human origins has more convolutions than previously thought. The account of our shared human heritage now includes more controversial plot twists and mysteries. Was the remarkable seven-million-year-old skull found in July 2002 in Chad really one of our first forebears, or a distant dead-end cousin with precociously evolved features?

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  • The Brain: Scientific American Mind |  Scientific American

    The Brain: Scientific American Mind

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    Studying how the mind and brain work sounds like it ought to be about as futile as trying to grab handfuls of air. Yet psychology, neuroscience and related fields have made amazing progress. This special issue of Scientific American reviews just a sliver of the discoveries that investigators from around the globe have made about the workings of our inner lives. The breadth of subjects tracks the vastness of thought.

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  • A Solar Grand Plan: Scientific American | Ken Zweibel,James Mason,Vasilis Fthenakis,Scientific American

    A Solar Grand Plan: Scientific American

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    There is an ambitious scheme in the works that would enable solar power to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil - as well as slash greenhouse gas emissions . Learn more in this article, "A Solar Grand Plan", from the January 2008 edition of Scientific American.

  • July 2017 | Scientific American

    July 2017

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    In this issue: "Memory's Intricate Web": A technical revolution provides insight into how the brain links memories. "Black Holes from the Beginning of Time": A hidden population of black holes born less than one second after the big bang could solve the mystery of dark matter. "How Cities Could Save Us": Urban areas can improve the planet as well as people's lives if we design them to be much more resourceful. "Operation: Diabetes": Surgery that shortens intestines gets rid of the illness, and new evidence shows the gut – not simply insulin – may be responsible.

  • Are Aliens Among Us?: Scientific American | Paul Davies,Scientific American

    Are Aliens Among Us?: Scientific American

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    Scientists are searching for life forms on Earth that are radically different from all known organisms. Learn more in this article, "Are Aliens Among Us?", from the December 2007 edition of Scientific American.

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  • Consciousness: Scientific American Mind |  Scientific American

    Consciousness: Scientific American Mind

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    This edition of Scientific American Mind contains seven articles. The cover story deals with synesthesia, when senses blend together in the brain. Also in this issue: thrill seeking, intelligence drugs, power trips, first impressions, the winter blues and lastly better work through relaxation.

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  • Lies: Scientific American Mind |  Scientific American

    Lies: Scientific American Mind

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    This edition of Scientific American Mind contains six articles. The cover story, "Natural Born Liars", examines why we lie and why we're so good at it. Also in this issue: why innocent people confess to crimes they didn't commit; an in-depth examination of what dreams are and why we have them; the very real therapeutic uses for hypnosis; how to improve your powers of recall; and is mental stress increasing your chances of a heart attack?

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  • Why Migraines Strike: Scientific American | David W. Dodick,J. Jay Gargus,Scientific American

    Why Migraines Strike: Scientific American

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    Biologists have solved the mystery of one of our most misunderstood, poorly recognized, and inadequately treated medical disorders. This article was published in the August 2008 edition of Scientific American.

  • Scientific American, February 2017 | Scientific American

    Scientific American, February 2017

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    In this issue: "The Exercise Paradox": Studies of how the human engine burns calories help to explain why physical activity does little to control weight. "Pop Goes the Universe": The latest astrophysical measurements, combined with theoretical problems, cast doubt on the long-cherished inflationary theory of the early cosmos and suggest we need new ideas. "High-Flying Microbes": Aerial drones and chaos theory help researchers explore the many ways that microorganisms spread havoc around the world. "Deep-Space Deal Breaker".

  • Staying Young: Scientific American Special Edition |  Scientific American

    Staying Young: Scientific American Special Edition

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    Merely accruing additional years beyond the biblical span of three score and 10 would be unwelcome if they just prolonged suffering from illness and infirmity. No, we want to live better, more youthful days while we're living longer. Diet, exercise and a lucky draw from the gene pool can take us only so far, however. That's where science comes in. In this special edition from Scientific American, you'll find firsthand reports from the researchers leading the efforts to understand the mechanisms of aging.

  • Scientific American, February 2013 | Scientific American

    Scientific American, February 2013

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    "Brain Cells for Grandmother": Sets of cells encode concepts in the brain. "Secrets of Primitive Meteorites": Primitive meteorites are helping to give us a better understanding of what our area of outer space once looked like. "Shattered Ancestry": Fragmented skeletons have upended ideas about the earliest humans. "The Myth of Antioxidants": The growing evidence that has cast doubt on the popular belief that oxidative damage causes aging.

  • The Science of Persuasion: Scientific American | Robert Cialdini,Scientific American

    The Science of Persuasion: Scientific American

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    From the pages of Scientific American magazine: "The Science of Persuasion" reveals how sales people and politicians, as well as friends and family, get others to agree to what they want.

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  • Scientific American, February 2014 | Scientific American

    Scientific American, February 2014

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    "The Proton Radius Problem": Scientists may be witnessing the signs of a whole new realm of physics. "Remembrance of All Things Past": Some people can recall details from their distant past as if the events happened yesterday. "An Indirect Way to Tame Cancer": Researchers are fighting cells and a material called the matrix in an effort to combat cancer. "Mind Games": Video games could transform education.

  • Scientific American, June 2009 | Scientific American

    Scientific American, June 2009

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    "Improbable Planets": Astronomers are finding planets where there were not supposed to be any. "The Price of Silent Mutations": Small changes to DNA are proving to be big factors in human diseases, evolution and biotechnology. "The Taming of the Cat": Genetic and archaeological findings suggest wildcats became house cats much earlier - and in a much different place.

  • The Science of Intuition: Scientific American Mind |  Scientific American

    The Science of Intuition: Scientific American Mind

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    This edition of Scientific American Mind contains seven fascinating articles. First, discover the science behind your gut instinct. You'll also learn how antidepressants designed for adults may be altering the brains of children. You'll hear about a growing body of research that's showing how working in groups can systematically enhance performance. There's also news about the connection between abnormal sleep patterns and disease, and a report on the science of speech.

  • March 2017 | Scientific American

    March 2017

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    In this issue: "Near-Light-Speed Mission to Alpha Centauri": A billionaire-funded plan aims to send a probe to another star. "Cancer Killers": Some advanced cancers can now be successfully treated by synthetic immune cells that are more powerful and longer-lasting than any found in the body. "Brain Trust": Poverty may affect the size, shape and functioning of a young child's brain. Would a cash stipend to parents help prevent harm? "Am I Human?": Researchers need new ways to distinguish artificial intelligence from the natural kind.

  • Scientific American, June 2017 | Scientific American

    Scientific American, June 2017

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    In this issue: "The Quantum Multiverse": A surprising connection between cosmology and quantum mechanics could unveil the secrets of space and time. "The Messy Truth about Weight Loss": Two decades of research confirm that weight loss is about burning more calories than you consume—but what you eat is more important than how much you exercise.

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