Category Archives: Scientific American

Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions

The Chinese brake fern’s genes let it safely store the poison. Continue reading

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Ultraviolet illumination helps birds avoid power lines

Birds are dying from power-line collisions—now there’s a solution. Read more in Scientific American (August 2019)…

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Metal with Your Beer?

Heavy metal levels in commercial booze pose no health risk to most drinkers, but the findings could prompt discussions about industry standards for alcohol. Continue reading

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How Vision Helps Cyclists Communicate in a Pack

Riders in a peloton benefit more from the eyes of their peers than from a neighbor’s drag reduction. Continue reading

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Molecular Microscope Lets Scientists Peer inside Single Cells

The new technology can identify proteins that distinguish healthy cells from diseased ones.   Continue reading

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Detecting Fog Using Signals from Cell-Phone Towers

A novel technique can predict foggy conditions an hour before they appear. Continue reading

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Mine Social Media Posts to Predict Flu

Podcast on my article! Researchers used Twitter searches for nonflu words associated with behavior to predict flu outbreaks two weeks in advance. Continue reading

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Mining social media to predict outbreaks. Continue reading

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Watching How Rare, Meteoric Diamonds Form

A shock collision experiment maps hexagonal diamond’s transition from graphite in real time.   Continue reading

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