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Readers Respond to the August 2019 Issue

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Letters to the editor from the August 2019 issue of Scientific American

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The Face of the Earliest Human Ancestor, Revealed

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:00:00 GMT

A long-sought fossil could redraw our family tree

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Eight Degrees North

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 20:00:00 GMT

How a change of latitude changed my perspective

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Single-Sex Prawns Could Aid Fight against Snail-Borne Disease

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:45:00 GMT

The prawn population could eat snails without becoming invasive

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Space Station Dark Matter Experiment Gets Vital Repairs

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Astronauts are giving the International Space Station’s premier science experiment a life-extending transplant to continue its hunt for antimatter, dark matter, and more

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Lights Out: Astronomers Illuminate the Mystery of Vanishing Quasars

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:45:00 GMT

A new census of the universe’s most luminous objects brings us closer to solving why some of them seem to disappear

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Is This Indonesian Cave Painting the Earliest Portrayal of a Mythical Story?

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Archaeologists have dated the image to at least 43,900 years ago, but their interpretation has met with doubt

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These Ants Jump with Their Jaws

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Sometimes the best solution to a sticky situation is a quick escape, and few escapes are faster than a trap-jaw ant’s.

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Not All Hydropower Is Climate Considerate

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 03:17:00 GMT

While some hydropower facilities release almost no greenhouse gases, others can actually be worse than burning fossil fuels.

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Space Heater: Scientists Find New Way to Transfer Energy Through a Vacuum

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:00:00 GMT

Nanoscale experiments reveal that quantum effects can transmit heat between objects separated by empty space

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Romans Would Roam for Wood

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:40:00 GMT

Archaeologists unearthed wood from a Roman villa when digging Rome’s subway—and scientists determined the planks came all the way from France. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Greenland Rocks Suggest Earth's Magnetic Field Is Older Than We Thought

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Analysis finds that the planet’s protective shield was in place by at least 3.7 billion years ago, as early life arose

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In Case You Missed It

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Top news from around the world

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SpaceX to Make Starlink Satellites Dimmer to Lessen Impact on Astronomy

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Future batches of the satellite will have a special coating to reduce their reflectivity

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Linguists Hear An Accent Begin

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 01:33:00 GMT

Residents of an overwintering station in Antarctica provided linguists with evidence of the first small changes in speech that may signal the development of a new accent.

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Titan's Geomorphologic Map

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 17:00:00 GMT

From hummocky to dune- and lake-covered, Titan is revealed in its latest global map

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The Secret of the Crocodile "Death Roll"

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Out of 25 living crocodilian species, all but one have been seen to “death roll”

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The Surprising Link between Recreational Math and Undecidability

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 17:00:00 GMT

The Fibonacci numbers and Hilbert’s 10th problem

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Whakaari's/White Island's Disaster Reminds Us of the Dangers of Active Volcanoes

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 17:00:00 GMT

A relatively small eruption on a New Zealand island volcano created an outsize tragedy

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Citizen Scientists Deserve Journal Status Upgrade

Sun, 15 Dec 2019 03:24:00 GMT

Here's an argument that citizen scientists deserve co-authorship on scientific journal papers to which they contributed research.

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The Real Riverworld

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 14:30:00 GMT

Meandering rivers may hold a vital clue to the earth’s capacity for life

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Tiny Tyrant Gets a New Identity

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:00:00 GMT

A fossil thought to be a young Daspletosaurus turns out to be something else

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When the Bellbird Calls, You Know It

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:33:00 GMT

The white bellbird of the Amazon may be the loudest bird in the world.  

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Open Software Means Kinder Science

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Its transformative power has improved my ability to analyze data and collaborate with other researchers

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Evidence of New X17 Particle Reported, but Scientists Are Wary

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Could the mysterious particle be our window into studying dark matter?

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