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Play Helped Dogs Be Our Best Friends

The ancestors of today’s dogs already exhibited some playfulness, which became a key trait during domestication.

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Readers Respond to the May 2020 Issue

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Stressed Out: Causes, Effects and Keeping Calm

Chronic stress makes people sick. The fight-or-flight response activates our bodies to face immediate threats, but that stress system must turn off to allow organs to recover. Constant anxiety keeps…

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Readers Respond to the April 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the April 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Black Holes: Going to Extremes

Once dismissed as a mathematical curiosity, black holes are so strange they almost defy belief. Since their existence was confirmed, research into the nature of black holes has opened up new vistas…

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Tanks Carry Tourists into the French Alps

Originally published in November 1919

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Jupiter Eclipse Proves the Speed of Light

Originally published in January 1848

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Cows Slaughtered to Prevent Lung Disease

Originally published in April 1860

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Short Attention Spans Make Movies Popular

Originally published in January 1917

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Martin Gardner: Adventures in Flatland

Celebrated mathematician Martin Gardner is your guide to the planar playground in this eBook collection. For 25 years in his Mathematical Games column, Gardner mixed well-understood topics with the…

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Plane Deicer Lasts Several Thousand Hours

Originally published in April 1945

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Mathematics in the 21st Century

One of the most powerful tools in the science arsenal, mathematics allows scientists across disciplines to test hypotheses about the real world. In this eBook, we look at important recent advances in…

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Your Brain in the Smartphone Age

According to recent headlines, today’s device-wielding teens are socially, emotionally and cognitively doomed. Reality, however, is not so clear cut. In this eBook, we’ve gathered what science…

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The New Science of Healthy Aging

Understanding why we age and how to prevent age-related physical and mental decline can help us to live in the moment and enjoy our health at any age. In this eBook, we explore the latest thinking in…

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The Science Behind the Debates

People say that they trust scientists, yet evidence often takes a back seat to emotions. In fact, for issues that cause the loudest public furor – like vaccine safety – there is almost no debate in…

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Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

The drowsiness we experience after a hearty Thanksgiving meal is usually blamed on the amino acid tryptophan, which turkey supposedly has an extra helping of. Or does it? Scientific American editor…

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Live from Berlin: Falling Walls Conference 2018

Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?

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The Science of Falling Walls

Berlin conference spotlights world-shaping science

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Kilauea Isn’t Erupting (at the moment), but the Science Goes On

Once an eruption ends, the science has barely begun

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Readers Respond to the July 2018 Issue

Letters to the editor from the July 2018 issue of Scientific American

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The Science of Inequality

How high economic inequality negatively impacts nearly every aspect of human well-being—as well as the health of the biosphere

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How Do Birds Know to Fly South?

Birds such as the Arctic tern used magnetic particles and eye pigments to navigate.

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Readers Respond to the June 2018 Issue

Letters to the editor from the June 2018 issue of Scientific American

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The Inner Life of Cats

If you have ever wondered why your cat behaves the way it does, wonder no more

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Ask the Experts: Chemistry

In this installment of the Ask the Experts series, Chemistry, our professors, scientists and researchers tackle reader questions about the substances that compose all matter, their properties and how…

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Climate Change: Planet Under Pressure

From increasingly severe storms to collapsing coral reefs to the displacement of Syrian citizens, in this eBook we examine the effects of Earth’s changing climate on weather systems, ecosystems…

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Precision Medicine Comes of Age

After years of research, therapies tailored to the genomes of individual patients are reaching maturity

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2018

Disruptive solutions that are poised to change the world – a special report produced by Scientific American in collaboration with the World Economic Forum

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Return to Reason: The Science of Thought

Why do facts fail to change people’s minds? In this eBook, we examine how we form our beliefs and maintain them with a host of cognitive biases, the difference between intelligence and thinking…

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Readers Respond to the May 2018 Issue

Letters to the editor from the May 2018 issue of Scientific American

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