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This series of podcasts is intended to keep you up to date on the whole spectrum of scientific progress without losing you in technospeak or abstract concepts. It features selections from the more popular scientific journals, such as Scientific American Magazine, but also takes its material from such sources as the Los Angeles Times or the New Yorker, when appropriate. The articles read range from methane on Mars and cosmic radiation to our sense of smell and the intelligence of ravens.

Current Science Article Selections
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Hidden Inferno - Dec, 2018 Scientific AmericanA supervolcano may be brewing beneath Chile, with a cold interior that upends ideas about triggers of huge eruptions. By Shannon Hall.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:19
Neurons That Tell Time - The New Yorker Dec, 2018The discovery of brain structures that apparently mark time has raised a larger question: What is time, anyway? By Ingfei Chen.Reader: Joe Jurca00:15:28
Space Colonization - Nov, 2018 The Week MagazineThe Colonization of Space. Humanity is inching closer to establishing colonies on other worlds. Is it really feasible?Reader: Joe Jurca00:09:44
Microrobots - Nov, 2018 Berkeley EngineerMicrorobots fly, walk and jump into the future. By Jennifer Huber.Reader: Joe Jurca00:14:51
Big Business of Bottoms - The Guardian, Nov, 2018As more and more women go under the knife in pursuit of curves, it's clear they are paying with their health. By Eva Wiseman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:01
Brain Bugs? - Nov, 2018 ScienceMag.orgWe know the microbes in the gut greatly affect health. Could some of them be making a home in our brains? By Kelly Servick.Reader: Joe Jurca00:08:53
Geometry Vs. Gerrymandering - Nov, 2018 Scientific AmericanMathematicians are developing forensics to identify political maps that disenfranchise voters. By Moon Duchin of Tufts University.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:57
Sleep Learning Gets Real - Nov, 2018 Scientific AmericanExperimental techniques demonstrate how to strengthen memories when our brains are off-line. By Ken A. Paller & Delphine Oudiette.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:46
Clicks, Lies and Videotape - Oct, 2018 Scientific AmericanAI makes it possible for anyone to manipulate audio and video. The biggest threat is that we stop trusting anything. By Brooke Borel.Reader: Joe Jurca00:29:22
Eye On Innovation - Fall, 2018 Caltech MagazineCaltech researchers are looking for technological solutions to some of the most common causes of blindness or vision impairment.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:10
Earthquakes In The Sky - Oct, 2018 Scientific AmericanThe best early warnings of a big disaster may appear 180 miles above the ground, a controversial new theory says. By Erik Vance.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:16
Cell Phones Improve - Oct, 2018 Scientific American5G Is Just Around the Corner. It will make 4G phones seem positively quaint. By David Pogue.Reader: Joe Jurca00:07:13
Human Consciousness - Sep, 2018 Scientific AmericanMight humans be the only species on the planet to be truly conscious? Decoding the puzzle of human consciousness. By Susan Blackmore.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:07
Cost of Insulin - The Conversation Sep 13, 2018After a century, insulin is still expensive - Could do-It-Yourselfers change that? By Jenna E. Gallegos & Jean Peccoud.Reader: Joe Jurca00:11:56
Last Hominin Standing - Sep, 2018 Scientific AmericanThe Last Hominin Standing. Why did homo sapiens alone survive to the modern era? By Kate Wong.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:28
Origins of Morality - Sep, 2018 Scientific AmericanThe Origins of Morality. How mankind learned to put our fate in one another's hands.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:58
Inside Our Heads - Sep, 2018 Scientific AmericanInside Our Heads. Two Key Features Created the Human Mind.. By Thomas Suddendorf.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:02
23 And We - Aug, 2018 Scientific AmericanThe limitations of personal genome service testing. Is current technology that tests for disease gene variants actually worth it?Reader: Joe Jurca00:08:02
The Seventh Sense - Aug, 2018 Scientific AmericanLong thought to be divorced from the brain, the immune system turns out to be intimately involved in its functioning. By Jonathan Kipnis.Reader: Joe Jurca00:29:42
Bringing Darwin Back - Aug, 2018 Scientific AmericanResearch shows 60% of American teachers avoid teaching evolution. A growing movement tries to change that. By Adam Piore.Reader: Joe Jurca00:35:53
An Exploration of Race -Apr, 2018 UnDark.orgNational Geographic: The magazine's spotlight on race coupled with their genetic testing kits seems odd... By Michael Schulson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:16
Peak Energy Storage - Jul, 2018 IEEE SpectrumLi-Ion Battery Storage to Replace Three Natural Gas Power Plants in California. Tesla batteries to help meet peak power demand.Reader: Joe Jurca00:10:12
Weather Smart Grid - Jul, 2018 Scientific AmericanRenewable energy will rule only when weather data drives the design of a new electric grid. By Peter Fairley.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:14
Battle of the Brains - Jul, 2018 Scientific AmericanDogs beat their domesticated rivals, cats, in a new attempt to measure cognitive power. By Josh Fischmann.Reader: Joe Jurca00:05:01
Bacterial Builders - Summer, 2018 Caltech MagazineBacterial Builders. Frances Arnold is directing bacteria to build molecules never before assembled in nature. By Emily Velasco.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:03
Ultrasonic Noise - Jun 18, 2018 Wall Street JournalCan largely inaudible ultrasound signals from widespread electronics be responsible for headaches & dizziness? By Lee Hotz.Reader: Joe Jurca00:10:36
Super-Charge Your Baby -Jun, 2018 Scientific AmericanMany toys promise to help babies read, learn, do math and walk earlier than expected - with dubious science. By Erik Vance.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:40
String Theory - Sep, 2017 TheGuardian.comGravitational waves could solve the hotly contested string theory by means of cutting-edge laser detectors. By Hannah Devlin.Reader: Joe Jurca00:07:46
Greatest Pandemic - The Conversation, Jan, 2018The "Greatest Pandemic in History" was 100 years ago - but many of us still get the basic facts wrong. By Richard Gunderman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:11:27
Cleaning Up Space Debris - May, 2018 IEEE SpectrumTesting a new spacecraft that cleans up space debris using nets and harpoons. By Jeremy Hsu.Reader: Joe Jurca00:07:50
Deep Sea Mining - May, 2018 Scientific AmericanIs Deep-Sea Mining Worth It? The race is on to exploit - and protect - the ocean floor. By Thomas Peacock & Matthew H. Alford.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:59
Mucus Nets - The Conversation May 2, 2018Meet the ocean creatures that use a mesh of mucus to catch their food, written by Kelley Sutherland.Reader: Joe Jurca00:10:43
Our Stuff, Ourselves - May, 2018 Scientific AmericanLow emotional security can intensify our relationships to our belongings. By Francine Russo.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:42
Facebook Security - Apr, 2018 WiredThe Security Risks of Logging in With Facebook. By Louise Matsakis.Reader: Joe Jurca00:09:41
The Cancer Tree - Apr, 2018 Scientific AmericanStudies indicate genetic changes early in a primary tumor, point to a promising new approach to therapy. By Jeffrey P. Townsend.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:50
Silent No More - Apr, 2018 Scientific AmericanThe rise of the atheists. A credible indirect estimate says 26 percent of Americans are atheists. By Michael Shermer.Reader: Joe Jurca00:07:40
Meltdown -Apr, 2018 Scientific AmericanThe arctic climate is shattering record after record, altering weather worldwide. By Jennifer A. Francis.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:40
Preventing Suicide - Apr, 2018 Scientific AmericanSocial scientists have begun to close in on new ways to stop people from taking their own lives. By Lydia Densworth.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:58
The Baddest - Mar, 2018 Scientific AmericanStudies of the bite forces of crocodiles and their relatives reveal secrets of their evolutionary success. By Gregory M. Erickson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:28:56
Self-Taught Robots - Mar, 2018 Scientific AmericanMachines that learn like children provide deep insights into how the mind and body act together... By Diana Kwon.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:19
A Perfectly Avoidable Crisis - Mar, 2018 Scientific AmericanBone Fractures are rife after age 50. Can't we do more about osteoporosis? By Claudia Wallis.Reader: Joe Jurca00:07:25
Build an Altair 8800 - Feb, 2018 IEEE SpectrumBuild Your Own Altair 8800 P.C. Go back to 1974 and the dawn of home computing with this Arduino-based kit. By Stephen Cass.Reader: Joe Jurca00:08:27
Monster Black Holes - Feb, 2018 Scientific AmericanHow could the oldest super massive black holes have grown so big so early in cosmic history? By Prijamvada Natarajan.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:57
Smart Phones - Feb, 2018 Scientific AmericanAre Smart Phones Destroying the Adolescent Brain? Are device-hooked teens doomed? The reality isn't so simple. By Carlin Florin.Reader: Joe Jurca00:34:01
War On Super Bugs - Dec, 2017 Time MagazineHow a forgotten 100 year old therapy (based on bacteriophages) is saving lives. By Alexandra Sifferlin.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:21
Tribalism of Truth - Feb, 2018 Scientific AmericanAs political polarization grows, the arguments we have with one another may be shifting our understanding of truth itself.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:44
Loneliness - Jan, 2018 Scientific AmericanThe Toxic Well of Loneliness. Isolation from others can lead to a range of illnesses and even premature death. By Francine Russo.Reader: Joe Jurca00:28:52
Hydropower - Nov, 2017 UnDark.orgHydropower may seem like a clean and easy solution for energy-hungry countries. But the devil is in the details. By Lois Parshley.Reader: Joe Jurca00:40:31
War Against Ourselves - Jan, 2018 Scientific AmericanMany new drugs trigger an immune reaction that cripples them - and the race is on to thwart the attack. By Michael Waldholz.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:12
Breaking the Bank - Jan, 2018 Scientific AmericanNew financial networks could stop the concentration of wealth and increase participation in the economy - but only if used with care.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:35
Top 10 Technologies - Dec, 2017 Scientific AmericanTop 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017. Disruptive solutions that are poised to change the world. By various authors. Part 2 of 2.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:10
Top 10 Technologies - Dec, 2017 Scientific AmericanTop 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017. Disruptive solutions that are poised to change the world. By various authors. Part 1 of 2.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:16
Rise and Fall of BitCoin - Nov, 2017 Wired OnlineThe mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto created the ingenious digital currency that is capturing the public imagination. By Benjamin WallaceReader: Joe Jurca00:35:00
Captives Changed the World - Dec, 2017 Scientific AmericanStolen people - mostly women and children - were a driving force in the evolution of modern society. By Catherine M. CameronReader: Joe Jurca00:28:27
War On Slime - Nov, 2017 Scientific AmericanBacteria mats kill as many as cancer and fight antibiotics. Scientists are turning their own weapons against them. By Karin Sauer.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:45
Expression - Nov, 2017 UnDark.orgExperiments on baby Willy Darwin led to lifelong study of how we show emotion - & breakthroughs in child psychology. By James T. Costa.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:52
Alan Turing - Oct, 2017 IEEE SpectrumAlan Turing: How His Universal Machine Became a Musical Instrument. By Jack Copeland & Jason Long.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:13
Neutrino Puzzle - Oct, 2017 Scientific AmericanThe largest experiment ever to probe these mysterious particles could point the way to new physics. By Clara Moskowitz.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:07
Dangerous Medicine - Oct, 2017 Scientific AmericanIn the mid-19th century two surgeons transformed the ancient butchering art of surgery with science. By Lindsey Fitzharris.Reader: Joe Jurca00:14:38
The Chicken Experiment - Oct, 2017 UnDark.orgIn 1948, a scientist fed baby chickens a tiny dose of a new antibiotic, setting off a cascade of consequences... By Maryn McKenna.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:03
Blockchains - Sep, 2017 IEEE SpectrumBlockchains: The technology behind Bitcoin could touch every transaction you ever make. By Morgen E. Peck.Reader: Joe Jurca00:33:33
Baby's First Organ - Oct, 2017 Scientific AmericanThe placenta, arguably the least studied of all human body parts, is full of surprises. By Adrian Erlebacher & Susan J. Fisher.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:47
Not Just For Men - Sep, 2017 Scientific AmericanResearchers and doctors must explore gender differences before they can provide women with better treatments. By Marcia L. StefanickReader: Joe Jurca00:19:51
Microplastic Contamination - Sep, 2017 TheGuardian.comTests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles. By Damian Carrington.Reader: Joe Jurca00:10:11
Nanoscale Agricultural Experiment - Sep, 2017 UnDarkResearchers experiment with nano-sized nutrients that might curb chemical use and transform agriculture cheaply. By Jan Ellen Spiegel.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:39
Is There a 'Female' Brain? - Sep, 2017 Scientific AmericanThe debate over differences between male and female brains could have implications for health and personal identity. By Lydia Denworth.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:11
Gender Myths - Sep, 2017 Scientific AmericanThe notion that behavioral differences between the sexes are immutable does not hold up under scrutiny. By Cordelia Fine & Mark ElgarReader: Joe Jurca00:23:20
Soy Formula Experiment - Aug, 2017 UnDarkSoy milk and formula contain potent human hormone disruptors. We don't know what this means for child development. By Deborah Blum.Reader: Joe Jurca00:14:11
Geosynchronous Repair Robots - IEEE SpectrumInside DARPA's Mission to Send a Repair Robot to Geosynchronous Orbit. The RSGS spacecraft could visit and inspect dozens of satellites.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:22
Facial Recognition - The Conversation, Apr 2017Facial recognition is becoming increasingly common, but how does it work? By Jessica Gabel Cino.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:38
Evolution of Dance - Jul, 2017 Scientific AmericanDo humans dance just for fun, or did it help our ancestors survive thousands of years ago? By Thea Singer.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:22
Probiotics, No Panacea - Jul, 2017 Scientific AmericanAlthough certain bacteria help treat some gut disorders, they have no known benefits for healthy people. By Ferris Jabr.Reader: Joe Jurca00:13:47
Operation: Diabetes - Jul, 2017 Scientific AmericanSurgery that shortens intestines cures diabetes. Evidence shows the gut - not just insulin - may be responsible. By Francesco RubinoReader: Joe Jurca00:23:02
Brain Simulation - Jun, 2017 IEEE SpectrumHenry Markram Talks Brain Simulation. When will we have computers as capable as the brain? By Henry Markram.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:55
Greenland's Vanished Vikings - Jun, 2017 Sci AmThey ruled the icy outpost for hundreds of years before their colonies collapsed. Their puzzling decline. By Zach Zorich.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:09
Smart Moves - Spring 2017 Berkeley EngineerCalifornia's Next-Gen Infrastructure. UC Berkeley engineers share their thoughts on the State's future. By Paul Preuss.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:21
Ray Kurzweil - Nov, 2010 IEEE SpectrumHis prophecies earned him a reputation as a tech visionary, but many of them don't look so good on close inspection. By John RennieReader: Joe Jurca00:25:37
Lost Picture Show - Apr, 2017 IEEE SpectrumFilm studios invested in magnetic-tape storage for film archiving but now struggle to keep up with the technology. By Marty Perlmutter.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:37
Making AI Human - Jun, 2017 Scientific AmericanArtificial intelligence has staged a revival by starting to incorporate what we know about how children learn. By Alison Gopnik.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:32
Piltdown Hoax - The Conversation, May, 2017Behind closed doors: What the Piltdown Man hoax from 1912 can teach science today. By Samuel Redman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:45
Parkinson's Disease - Caltech Magazine, Spring 2017Do gut bacteria contribute to or cause the shaking, stumbling, and overall deterioration of motor skills... of Parkinson's disease?Reader: Joe Jurca00:10:07
Aspirin vs. Cancer - May, 2017 Scientific AmericanIn addition to relieving headaches and preventing heart attacks, aspirin seems to keep malignant cells from spreading. By Viviane Callier.Reader: Joe Jurca00:13:38
Typing-by-Brain - Apr, 2017 IEEE SpectrumFacebook Announces Typing-by-Brain Project. Suddenly, the big Silicon Valley players want to get into brain tech. By Eliza Strickland.Reader: Joe Jurca00:09:07
User Manuals - Apr, 2017 Scientific AmericanWhat Happened to User Manuals? Google happened ... and something very important was lost. Written by David Pogue.Reader: Joe Jurca00:06:39
Facial Recognition - From The Conversation, Apr, 2017Facial recognition is becoming increasingly common, but how does it work and what are its privacy considerations? By Jessica Gabel Cino.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:54
Success Against Alzheimer's - Apr, 2017 Scientific AmericanA gold-standard clinical trial provides evidence that diet, exercise and an active social life can help prevent cognitive decline.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:50
Inside the Echo Chamber - Apr, 2017 Scientific AmericanComputational social scientists study how conspiracy theories spread online and what can be done to stop them. By Walter Quattrociocchi.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:01
Gasping for Air - Mar, 2017 Scientific AmericanGasping for Air. Shortness of breath can arise from a large number of conditions, complicating diagnosis and treatment. By Robin Lloyd.Reader: Joe Jurca00:15:09
Am I Human? - Mar, 2017 Scientific AmericanResearchers need new ways to distinguish artificial intelligence from the natural kind. By Gary Marcus and John Pavlus.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:44
The Whistled Word - Feb, 2017 Scientific AmericanBefore cell phones,some rural folks "spoke" long distance by whistling - a technique that still fascinate linguists. By Julien Meyer.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:09
The Exercise Paradox - Feb, 2017 Scientific AmericanHow we burn calories helps explain why exercise does little to control weight and how we developed distinctive traits. By Herman Pontzer.Reader: Joe Jurca00:28:25
Stomach Upset - Feb, 2017 Scientific AmericanDoctors are dealing with evidence that chronic use of popular heartburn medicines may be riskier than was thought. By Karen Weintraub.Reader: Joe Jurca00:13:31
Taking Wing - Jan, 2017 Scientific AmericanA fossil record of the dinosaurs that led to birds, reveals how evolution produces new kinds of organisms. By Stephen Brusatte.Reader: Joe Jurca00:29:48
E-mail - Jan, 2017 Scientific AmericanYour E-mail Password Will Never Be Safe! A long list of corporate and political hacks has made that very clear. By David Pogue.Reader: Joe Jurca00:07:30
Whose Tools Are These? - Jan, 2017 Scientific AmericanWild monkeys make stone "tools" that bear a striking resemblance to artifacts produced by early humans. By Kate Wong.Reader: Joe Jurca00:09:37
Lab-Built Brains - Jan, 2017 Scientific AmericanScientists copy nature's most complex organ in the hope of solving the mysteries of brain disorders .... By Juergen A. Knoblich.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:04
Robot Disobedience - Jan, 2017 Scientific AmericanDon't worry about defiant machines. Devious human masters and misunderstood commands are a bigger threat. By G. Briggs and M. Scheutz.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:13
Communication - The Conversation Dec 13What does research say about how to effectively communicate about science? By Andrew Maynard and Dietram A. Scheufele.Reader: Joe Jurca00:13:10
Robot Surgeons - May, 2016 IEEE SpectrumWould You Trust a Robot Surgeon to Operate on You? Surgical robots may take over the operating room. By Eliza Strickland.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:25
Changing the World - Dec, 2016 Scientific AmericanTen Ideas That Will Change the World. Advances with the potential to solve problems and improve life for all of us. Ideas 5 through 10.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:22
Changing the World - Dec, 2016 Scientific AmericanTen Ideas That Will Change the World. Advances with the potential to solve problems and improve life for all of us. Ideas 1 through 5.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:31
Human Organs From Animals - Nov, 2016 Scientific AmericanScientists are taking steps toward growing organs for people inside pigs, cows and other animals. By Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:17
The Fusion Underground - Nov, 2016 Scientific AmericanA few physicists are exploring faster, cheaper roads to the ultimate source of clean energy. By W. Wayt Gibbs.Reader: Joe Jurca00:31:05
Social Media & the Election - The Conversation, Nov, 2016Did Social Media Robots Affect Your Vote? How Twitter bots affected the US presidential campaign. By Emilio Ferrara.Reader: Joe Jurca00:11:02
On the trail of El Nino - Oct, 2016 Scientific AmericanIt often gets blamed for extreme weather. A closer look at the most recent cycle shows the truth is more subtle. By Emily Becker.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:57
How Many Genes Make a Person? - The Conversation Oct 18Fewer than a banana. This has implications for the study of human health and raises questions on what generates complexity. By Sean NeeReader: Joe Jurca00:12:44
The Celebrity Scientist - Oct, 2016 Scientific AmericanEngaging the public has long been taboo in scientific circles, but social media outlets are starting to force a change. By 3 authors.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:17
Basic income after automation? - The Conversation Oct, 2016A monthly check from the government to every citizen to cover basic necessities? - That's not how capitalism works! By Katharina Nieswandt.Reader: Joe Jurca00:14:26
A Look Inside the Brain - Oct, 2016 Scientific AmericanA new experimental approach using both chemistry & biology lets us peer into the deepest reaches of the brain. By Karl Deisseroth.Reader: Joe Jurca00:28:04
The Threat of Inequality - Sep, 2016 Scientific AmericanThe gap between rich and poor has grown recently. Society must address this and tame the behavior it promotes. By Angus Deaton.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:14
Orders of Magnitude - The Conversation Sep 14, 2016The beauty, power, and unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. What exactly does 'instantaneous' mean? By Kevin Knudson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:11:39
Tale of Two Worlds - Sep, 2016 Scientific AmericanA Tale of Two Worlds. The aging and the procreating. Who will prosper and who will fall behind? By Mara Hvistendahl.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:50
The Red Line - Sep, 2016 Scientific AmericanThe Red Line. Will we control the genetic destiny of mankind? By Stephen S. Hall.Reader: Joe Jurca00:32:00
The NSA Hack - The Conversation - Aug 18, 2016After the NSA hack: Cybersecurity in an even more vulnerable world. By Nir Kshetri at theconversation.comReader: Joe Jurca00:09:59
Drilling for Earthquakes - Jul, 2016 Scientific AmericanScientists are confident about the link between earthquakes and oil & gas production, yet regulators are slow to react. By Anna Kuchment.Reader: Joe Jurca00:36:19
The Huntington's Paradox - Aug, 2016 Scientific AmericanThe gene that causes a devastating neurodegenerative disease may also have been critical in the evolution of our species.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:24
The World's Power Grid - The Verge Jul, 2016Tesla's future depends on the Gigafactory, by Jordan Golson. Why Tesla's home battery should terrify utilities, by Josh Dzieza.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:42
Emptiest Place in Space - Aug, 2016 Scientific AmericanEfforts to explain a strange cold spot in the cosmos led to the discovery of something even odder: a vast area with very little matter.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:34
Saltwater Solution - Jul, 2016 Scientific AmericanFarmland is being ruined by salty water. Rice and fruits, genetically modified to survive salt, could feed millions. By Mark Harris.Reader: Joe Jurca00:15:39
Stellar Fireworks - Jun, 2016 Scientific AmericanEvery year thousands of exploding stars appear in bizarre forms. Astronomers want to know what makes them go boom. By Daniel Kasen.Reader: Joe Jurca00:29:03
Pandas - The Conversation: Jun, 2016To help these cuddlies survive, we must understand the biology of their death. By Garret Suen, Kimberly Dill-McFarland, & Tommy LeungReader: Joe Jurca00:15:45
Video Games - Jul, 2016 Scientific AmericanShooting zombies and repelling aliens can lead to lasting improvement in mental skills. By Daphne Bavelier and C. Shawn Green.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:31
Supersmart Robots - Jun, 2016 Scientific AmericanIf we're not careful, we could find ourselves at odds with intelligent machines whose objectives conflict with our own. By Stuart Russell.Reader: Joe Jurca00:09:59
Tesla's Problems - Vox.com Jun 9, 2016Tesla's real problem isn't that its cars are expensive. It's that they're unreliable. By Timothy B. Lee with Edward Niedermeyer.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:01
Treating Chronic Pain? - The Conversation, Jun 2, 2016About 50 million in the U.S. suffer from it. Very little research is done and doctors lack the skill to treat it. By Robert Caudle.Reader: Joe Jurca00:13:00
Science Is Often Flawed - May, 2016 Vox.comIf we saw science as a human construction, science and our understanding of it would be better off. By Julia Belluz and Steven HoffmanReader: Joe Jurca00:21:15
Quantum Connections - May, 2016 Scientific AmericanScientists are trying to make quantum computers a reality by connecting many small networks together into one large whole.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:45
Simulating Evolution: The Conversation May, 2016Simulating Evolution: In Evolutionary Science, how close do computer models come to reality? By Christoph Adami.Reader: Joe Jurca00:11:55
Language Wars - May, 2016 Scientific AmericanWhere did the Indo-European language family originate? New evidence heightens the scientific disagreements. By Michael BalterReader: Joe Jurca00:28:08
Mosquito Mods: The Conversation Apr 2016To fight the Zika virus, let's genetically modify mosquitoes - the old-fashioned way. By Jeffrey Powell.Reader: Joe Jurca00:11:41
Recalculating! - The Conversation, Mar, 2016Drivers make suboptimal routing decisions, leading to traffic jams, when traveling around town. By Marta Gonzalez and Antonio LimaReader: Joe Jurca00:09:52
Mystery Human - Mar, 2016 Scientific AmericanAn astonishing trove of fossils has scientists, and the media, in a tizzy over our origins. By Kate Wong.Reader: Joe Jurca00:42:36
Leap Years - The Conversation Feb 25, 2016Leap Day: Fixing the Faults in Our Stars. All you ever wanted to know about leaps. By James Hetrick.Reader: Joe Jurca00:10:54
Brain Drain - Feb, 2016 Scientific AmericanAn internal plumbing system rids the brain of toxic wastes during sleep. By Maiken Nedergaard and Steven A. Goldman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:02
Apple vs. FBI - The Conversation, Feb, 2016A couple of articles about Apple's decision not to grant the F.B.I.'s request to help access the data on a terrorist's iPhone.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:14
Orders of Magnitude - The Conversation, Feb 19, 2016Orders of Magnitude. Extreme numbers: The unimaginably large and small pop up in recent experiments. By Kevin Knudson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:02
Gravitational Wave Proof - The Conversation, Feb 11, 2016What happens when LIGO texts you to say it's detected one of Einstein's predicted gravitational waves? By Chad Hanna.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:56
The Power of the Infant Brain - Feb, 2016 Scientific AmericanUnderstanding intense learning during childhood suggests strategies for correcting disorders later in life. By Takao K. Hensch.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:42
Collective Wisdom of Ants - Feb, 2016 Scientific AmericanAnt colonies have no central control. Understanding this might help us understand other systems that have no leader... Deborah M. Gordon.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:08
Fundamental Farces - Jan, 2016 Scientific AmericanAnti Gravity. The Ongoing Search for Fundamental Farces column by Steve Mirsky. 3x equals an omelet. Math can be fun for readers of all h's.Reader: Joe Jurca00:06:46
Do Animals Know Where Babies Come From? - Jan 2016 Sci-AmNonhuman species can seem to comprehend procreation, but even apes lack the cognitive traits to truly understand. By Holly Dunsworth.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:37
Carbon Capture Fallacy - Jan, 2016 Scientific AmericanEvery credible plan to cut global warming hinges on carbon-trapping playing a major role. That doesn't seem likely. By David Biello.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:31
Where Am I? - Jan, 2016 Scientific AmericanWhere Am I? Where Am I Going? Scientists are discovering how the brain navigates. By May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser.Reader: Joe Jurca00:29:13
English is not Normal - Dec, 2015 The WeekIt's a wonder English ever caught on, said John McWhorter, because it's weirder than just about every other tongue.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:36
The End of Work? - Dec, 2015 Turning PointsThe End of Work? When robots start doing all the work, what will be left for humans? By Ji Shisan.Reader: Joe Jurca00:11:16
Dinosaurs - Dec, 2015 Scientific AmericanWhat Killed the Dinosaurs? The asteroid strike was bad. The timing was worse. By Stephen Brusatte.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:25
Telescope Wars - Dec, 2015 Scientific AmericanGrudges between three astronomer teams threaten the survival of ground-based astronomy's boldest, biggest projects. By Katie Worth.Reader: Joe Jurca00:26:48
Robots With Heart - Nov, 2015 Scientific AmericanBefore we can share our lives with machines, we must teach them to understand and mimic human emotion. By Pascale Fung.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:38
Baby Talk - Nov, 2015 Scientific AmericanEvery infant is a natural-born linguist capable of mastering any of the world's 7,000 languages like a native. By Patricia K. Kuhl.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:15
Seeing In The Dark - Nov, 2015 Scientific AmericanThe ambitious new Dark Energy Survey aims to solve the riddle of why space is expanding at an ever faster pace. By Joshua Frieman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:34
The Pyramid Effect - Nov, 2015 Scientific AmericanThe construction of Egypt's most famous monument spawned a social organization that changed the world. By Zach Zorich.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:51
Hunting the Godzilla El Nino - Oct, 2015 Nature OnlineAs a massive El Nino builds in the Pacific Ocean, researchers hope to make the most of the chance to study it. By Quirin Schiermeier.Reader: Joe Jurca00:13:39
Murder Antidote - Oct, 2015 Scientific AmericanCity leaders across the Americas are exploiting science to reduce homicide. By Rodrigo Guerrero Velasco.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:48
Sleep On It! - Oct, 2015 Scientific AmericanSleep On It! Your nightly rest turns out to affect your mind and health more than anyone suspected. By Robert Stickgold.Reader: Joe Jurca00:28:55
Trouble In Mind - Oct 2015 Scientific AmericanA huge effort to simulate the human brain is in disarray. Poor management, or a fundamental flaw in Big Science? By Stefan TheilReader: Joe Jurca00:27:47
The Space Solar Power Initiative - ENGenious #12Engineering & Applied Science professors discuss a project to orbit a space vehicle constellation to generate solar power for Earth.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:24
What Einstein Got Wrong - Sep 2015 Scientific AmericanEveryone makes mistakes. But those of the legendary physicist are particularly illuminating. By Lawrence M. Krause.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:48
Head Trip - Sep, 2015 Scientific AmericanHead Trip: Einstein's thought experiments left a long and somewhat mixed legacy of their own. By Sabine Hossenfelder.Reader: Joe Jurca00:16:52
Reinventing Reality - Sep, 2015 Scientific AmericanAlbert Einstein created his most famous theory amid personal strife, political tension and a scientific rivalry. By Walter Isaacson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:26:27
100 Years of General Relativity - Sep, 2015 Scientific AmericanEinstein: Why He Matters. The fruits of one mind shaped civilization more than seems possible. By Brian Greene.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:41
Vertigo & Kids - Aug, 2015 Scientific AmericanVertigo: Ear implants & gene therapy are new attempts at relief, by David Noonan. Are mobile devices ruining today's kids? by David PogueReader: Joe Jurca00:17:56
Building Bloodhound - Jul, 2015 IEEE SpectrumBloodhound: The Fastest Car in the World. Jets, rockets, and computer models will help a British team break 1,000 m.p.h. By Stuart NathanReader: Joe Jurca00:18:53
Hidden Hearing Loss - Aug, 2015 Scientific AmericanJackhammers, concerts and other common noisemakers may cause irreparable damage to our ears - in unexpected ways. By Charles Liberman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:29:33
Alien Jupiters - Aug, 2015 Scientific AmericanTwo rival teams race to form images of giant planets in space. What they find could change the future of planet hunting. By Lee BillingsReader: Joe Jurca00:30:02
Change of State - Aug, 2015 Scientific AmericanSearching for California's missing moisture. Drought may be turning California into a different kind of place altogether. By Dan Baum.Reader: Joe Jurca00:35:56
Drone Videography - Jun 2015 IEEE SpectrumThe Insider's Guide to Drone Videography. This expert guide will get you video geeks off the ground, by T. J. Diaz.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:48
Out-Shining Silicon - Jul, 2015 Scientific AmericanPerovskite could make solar cells cheaper and more efficient than silicon. By Varun Sivaram, Samuel D. Stranks and Henry J. Smith.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:59
From Wolf to Dog - Jul, 2015 Scientific AmericanScientists are racing to solve the enduring mystery of how a large, dangerous carnivore evolved into our best friend. By Virginia Morell.Reader: Joe Jurca00:35:43
The Future of Aviation - Jun, 2015Selections from a Scientific American booklet on the history of aviation and how science proposes to smooth flights and soothe passengersReader: Joe Jurca00:40:48
All The Light There Ever Was - Jun, 2015 Scientific AmericanAstronomers are starting to read light emitted by galaxies throughout the universe since the start of time. By Dominguez, Primack & BellReader: Joe Jurca00:26:22
The Amazing Teen Brain - Jun, 2015 Scientific AmericanA mismatch in brain network maturation leaves teens open to risky behavior but allows leaps in cognition and adaptability. By Jay N. GieddReader: Joe Jurca00:26:31
Search For a New Machine - May, 2015 Scientific AmericanWith the end of Moore's law in sight, chip manufacturers are spending billions to develop novel computing technologies. By John Pavlus.Reader: Joe Jurca00:33:14
Tyrannosaurs - May, 2015 Scientific AmericanRise of the Tyrannosaurs. New fossils put T. rex in its place. By Stephen Brusatte.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:45
Antibodies - May, 2015 Nature OnlineAntibodies are the workhorses of biological experiments, but they are littering the field with false findings. By Monya Baker.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:46
Conquer Yourself - Apr, 2015 Scientific AmericanSelf-control is a key psychological trait that breeds success at work and play - and in overcoming life's hardships. By Roy BaumeisterReader: Joe Jurca00:29:51
Queen of Carbon - Apr, 2015 IEEE SpectrumElectronics made from nanoscale carbon shapes are coming, thanks to pioneering researcher Mildred Dresselhaus. By Mark Anderson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:20
The Soil Sleuth - Apr, 2015 Nature On-LineForensic geologist Lorna Dawson has pioneered methods to help convict criminals using the dirt from their shoes. By Chelsea Wald.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:02
Net Neutrality - Mar, 2015 IEEE SpectrumIt's Like a Truck Going Through a Pipe With Tollbooths. Metaphors for Net neutrality - and why they all stink. By Joshua J. Romero.Reader: Joe Jurca00:10:35
Save Blood, Save Lives - Mar, 2015 Nature OnlineTransfusions are one of the most overused treatments in medicine. Researchers are working out how to cut back. By Emily Anthes.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:09
Multiple Lives of Moore’s Law - Mar, 2015 IEEE SpectrumWhy Gordon Moore’s grand prediction for exponential growth of integrated circuit complexity has endured for 50 years. By Chris Mack.Reader: Joe Jurca00:26:36
Cyber War - Apr, 2015 Scientific AmericanHow to Survive Cyber War. Step One: Stop counting on others to protect you... By Keren Elazari.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:19
Burning Rings of Fire - Apr, 2015 Scientific AmericanFirewalls of particles may border black holes, confounding both general relativity and quantum mechanics. By Joseph Polchinski.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:44
Our Transparent Future - Mar, 2015 Scientific AmericanNo secret is safe in the digital age. The implications for our institutions are downright Darwinian. By Daniel Dennett and Deb Roy.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:19
Sound Bytes - Mar, 2015 Scientific AmericanEars are such terrific pattern finders that scientists are using audio data to detect cancer cells and space particles. By Ron Cowen.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:06
Shock Medicine - Mar, 2015 Scientific AmericanStimulation of the nervous system could replace drugs for inflammatory and auto immune conditions. By Kevin J. Tracey.Reader: Joe Jurca00:31:51
Can We Mine A Black Hole? - Feb, 2015 Scientific AmericanTo get energy out of a black hole, the first step would be to build a space elevator that defies the laws of physics... By Adam BrownReader: Joe Jurca00:23:04
Optics: Super vision - Feb 2015 Nature OnlineUsing techniques from astronomy, physicists are finding ways to see through opaque materials like living tissue. By Zeeya Merali.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:07
Unsung Heroes - Jan 2015 Nature OnlineNot your average tech. Research relies on unsung heroes working behind the scenes - some have rather unusual jobs. By various authors.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:25
Treating Depression - Feb, 2015 Scientific AmericanElectrical stimulation deep within the brain may alleviate devastating mood disorders. By Andres M. Lozano and Helen S. Mayberg.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:05
Neandertal Minds - Feb, 2015 Scientific AmericanAnalyses of anatomy, DNA and cultural remains have yielded insights into the inner lives of our mysterious extinct cousins. By Kate Wong.Reader: Joe Jurca00:32:01
Will We Still Enjoy Pinot Noir? - Jan, 2015 Scientific AmericanWinegrowers are trying to preserve the flavor of wines as climate change alters the compounds in grapes. By Kimberly A. Nicholas.Reader: Joe Jurca00:32:52
Military Health - Jan, 2015 Nature On-Line24 years after the conflict ended, scientists and veterans are still fighting for recognition of Gulf War illness. By Sara Reardon.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:08
A World of Movement - Jan, 2015 Scientific AmericanA new microscope reveals tiny changes in objects that appear to be stock-still. By Fredo Durand, William Freeman and Michael RubinsteinReader: Joe Jurca00:21:52
Better Than Earth - Jan, 2015 Scientific AmericanPlanets quite different from our own may be the best homes for life in the universe. By Renee Heller.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:55
Pain That Won't Quit - Dec, 2014 Scientific AmericanChronic pan can defy treatment. New insights into the causes are leading to fresh ideas for combating it. By Stephani Sutherland.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:57
Immunity's Illusion - Dec, 2014 Scientific AmericanSophisticated math tools suggest the immune system has a blind spot when it comes to influenza virus mutations. By Adam J. Kucharski.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:56
The fracking fallacy - Dec, 2014 Nature OnlineThe U. S. is banking on decades of abundant natural gas to power its economic resurgence. That may be wishful thinking. By Mason Inman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:19
The Peer-Review Scam - Nov, 2014 Nature OnlineSome authors were caught reviewing their own papers, ... weaknesses in modern publishing. By Cat Ferguson, Adam Marcus & Ivan OranskyReader: Joe Jurca00:21:42
Solar Wars - Nov, 2014 Scientific AmericanSolar Wars. The growing popularity of solar power on rooftops spurs a utility backlash. By David Biello.Reader: Joe Jurca00:28:45
The Programmable World - Nov, 2014 Scientific AmericanNew materials, printers & designs could yield objects that can assemble themselves and change shape or function on command ...Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:36
After The Berlin Wall - Nov 5, 2014 Nature OnlineThe countries of central and Eastern Europe are carving their own unique identities in science. By Alison Abbott & Quirin Schiermeier.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:15
Beacon from the Big Bang - Oct, 2014 Scientific AmericanDiscovery of gravitational waves from the Big Bang may reveal a connection between gravity and quantum mechanics... By Lawrence KrauseReader: Joe Jurca00:33:35
Virus Therapy for Cancer - Nov, 2014 Scientific AmericanFor some patients, viruses engineered to kill tumor cells work well. Our task is to build on this success. By Mahoney, Stojdl and LairdReader: Joe Jurca00:21:14
An Inconvenient Ice - Oct, 2014 Scientific AmericanMethane hydrates could solve the world's energy challenge - or make global warming worse. By Lisa Margonelli.Reader: Joe Jurca00:27:30
The Big Reboot - Oct, 2014 Nature MagazinePhysicists at the Large Hadron Collider gear up to go beyond the standard model of particle physics. By Matthew Chalmers.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:54
The first South Americans - Oct, 2014 NatureExtreme living. After humans arrived in South America, they quickly spread into some of its most remote corners. By Barbara Fraser.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:55
Saving Coffee - Oct, 2014 Scientific AmericanResearchers are racing to breed new traits into the non-diverse coffee crop before it succumbs to its threats. By Hillary Rosner.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:26
Automobile Electronics - Sep, 2014 IEEE SpectrumTesla Overreach, by Mark Anderson; Self-Driving Car Passes Driver's Test, by Mark Harris; GM Car Talks to Other Cars, by Philip RossReader: Joe Jurca00:18:16
Human Evolution - Sep, 2014 Scientific AmericanStill Evolving (after all these years). For 30,000 years our species has been changing quickly. We're not done yet. By John HawksReader: Joe Jurca00:21:55
After Cyber Warfare - Aug, 2014 IEEE SpectrumElectromagnetic Warfare Is Here. A briefcase-size radio weapon could wreak havoc in our networked world. By William A. RadaskyReader: Joe Jurca00:21:54
Powers of Two - Sep, 2014 Scientific AmericanPowers of Two. Primate Monogamy. Coupling up might have been the best move our ancestors ever made. By Blake Edgar.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:55
The Science of Learning - Aug, 2014 Scientific AmericanResearchers are using new tools to see what works best in classrooms. The results aren't making it to schools. By Barbara KantrowitzReader: Joe Jurca00:24:32
Accidental Genius - Aug, 2014 Scientific AmericanA blow to the head can sometimes unmask hidden artistic or intellectual gifts. By Darrold A. Treffert.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:43
The Robo-Chemist - Aug, 2014 Nature On-LineThe race is on to build a machine that can synthesize any organic compound. It could transform chemistry. By Mark Peplow.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:56
Cosmic (In)significance - Aug, 2014 Scientific AmericanTo know whether life exists beyond Earth, we must come to terms with our own significance in the universe... By Caleb ScharfReader: Joe Jurca00:15:14
Black Hole at t=0. Aug, 2014 Scientific AmericanIs the big bang ... a holographic mirage from another dimension? By Niayest Afshordi, Robert B. Mann and Razieh Pourhasan.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:48
Milky Way's Giant Bubbles - Jul, 2014 Scientific AmericanNewly discovered lobes stretch many light-years from the Milky Way's disk. By Douglas Finkbeiner, Meng Su & Dmitry Malyshev.Reader: Joe Jurca00:14:57
Bottoms Up - Jul, 2014 Scientific AmericanTreated sewage could be the safest, ... source of tap water yet - if we can get over the yuck factor. By Olive Hefferman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:29:48
Extra Sensory Perception - Jul, 2014 Scientific AmericanHow a world filled with sensors will change the way we see, hear, think and live. By Gershon Dublon and Joseph Paradiso.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:11
Nutrition: Vitamins on Trial - Jun, 2014 NatureAfter decades of study, researchers can't agree on whether nutritional supplements improve health. By Melinda Wenner Moyer.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:06
The Ponzi Economy - Jun, 2014 Scientific AmericanThe Ponzi Economy. Many ordinary business practices resemble this infamous con game." By Kaushik Basu.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:16
Solar energy - Jun 4, 2014 Nature OnlineSolar energy: Springtime for the artificial leaf. Researchers make headway in turning photons into fuel. By Jessica Marshall.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:56
Good Habits, Bad Habits - Jun, 2014 Scientific AmericanResearchers are pinpointing the brain circuits that can help us form good habits and break bad ones. By Ann M. Graybiel & Kyle S. SmithReader: Joe Jurca00:21:57
Cancer's Off Switch - May, 2014 Scientific AmericanBy releasing the brakes tumor cells place on the immune system, researchers develop new treatments for cancer. By Jedd D. WolchokReader: Joe Jurca00:22:01
Supersymmetry - May, 2014 Scientific AmericanCrisis in Physics. Supersymmetry, with its deep view of the quantum world, is at a crossroads. By Joseph Lykken & Maria SpiropuluReader: Joe Jurca00:27:53
Fossil GPS - May, 2014 Scientific AmericanLuck played a big part in many fossil discoveries. New models predict where the bones are... By Robert Anemone and Charles EmersonReader: Joe Jurca00:18:23
Crash-Proof Cars - May, 2014 IEEE SpectrumRise of the Crash-Proof Car. When cars won't let drivers make mistakes, crashes may become a thing of the past. By staff writers.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:26
Is Anybody In There? - May, 2014 Scientific AmericanCommunicating with patients who appear to lack consciousness is becoming a reality. By Adrian M. Owen.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:55
False Hope - Apr, 2014 Scientific AmericanThe rate of global temperature rise may have hit a plateau, but a climate crisis still looms in the near future. By Michael E. Mann.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:44
Rise of the Human Predator - Apr, 2014 Scientific AmericanAnthropologists have long debated when and how men became hunters. Recent discoveries have yielded surprising insights." By Kate WongReader: Joe Jurca00:21:48
The First Starlight - Apr, 2014 Scientific AmericanNot long after the big bang, all light left the cosmos. Astronomers are solving the mystery of its return. By Michael D. LemonickReader: Joe Jurca00:28:46
Anesthesia - Apr, 2014 Scientific AmericanHidden Dangers of Going Under. Anesthesia may have lingering side effects on the brain, even years after an operation," by Carina StorrsReader: Joe Jurca00:14:37
The $1,000 Genome - Mar, 2014 Nature OnlineA unique US Government program has driven the cost of genome sequencing impressively downward, by Erika Check HaydenReader: Joe Jurca00:15:54
Chestnut's Rebirth - Mar, 2014 Scientific AmericanA foreign fungus nearly wiped out North America's once vast chestnut forests. Genetic engineering can revive them, by William PowellReader: Joe Jurca00:24:16
Case of the Stolen Words - Mar, 2014 Scientific AmericanI wanted to build software to navigate medical jargon, but ended up revealing plagiarism and fraud, by Harold "Skip" Garner.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:34
Crowd-sourcing - Feb, 2014 Nature OnlineResearchers are find that online collaboration can speed up their work - if they choose the right problem, by Philip BallReader: Joe Jurca00:13:40
Mind Games - Feb, 2014 Scientific AmericanVideo games could transform education, but game designers, teachers & parents must overcome hype and fear," by Alan Gershenfeld.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:46
Changing Face of Primate Research - Feb, 2014 NatureA hard-won political victory for primate research is at risk of unravelling in pockets of Europe, by Alison AbbottReader: Joe Jurca00:21:01
Never Say Never - Feb, 2014 Scientific AmericanWhy you shouldn't be surprised when the same six winning lottery numbers come up in successive drawings, by David J. HandReader: Joe Jurca00:17:02
Remembrance of All Things Past - Feb, 2014 Scientific AmericanSome people can remember events from 20 years ago almost as well as those of yesterday," by James L. McGaugh and Aurora LePortReader: Joe Jurca00:22:23
The Heart of Darkness - Jan, 2014 NatureSupermassive black holes at the centre of large galaxies are full of mysteries. Astronomers are finally getting a clear look, by Ron CowenReader: Joe Jurca00:17:41
The Missing Heat - Jan, 2014 NatureClimate Change: The Case of the Missing Heat. Why the Apparent Stall in Global Temperature Rise? by Jeff Tollefson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:43
The Learning Machines - Jan, 2014 NatureUsing massive amounts of data to recognize photos and speech, deep-learning computers take a big step towards true A.I., by Nicola JonesReader: Joe Jurca00:19:53
Against Copernicus - Jan, 2014 Scientific AmericanOpposition to his revolutionary idea of Earth revolving about the sun also came from scientists, by Dennis Danielson and Christopher GraneyReader: Joe Jurca00:18:46
Solar and Wind Energy - Jan, 2014 Scientific AmericanA Long Slow Rise: The great hope for a quick and sweeping transition to renewable energy is wishful thinking, by Vaclav SmilReader: Joe Jurca00:21:55
Fungi on the March - Dec, 2013 Scientific AmericanA strange fungal disease in Canada and the Northwestern U.S. heralds a new threat to human health," by Jennifer FrazerReader: Joe Jurca00:29:25
Good With Faces - Dec, 2013 Scientific AmericanMost think face recognition needs a complex brain. But some insects are pretty good at it, by Elizabeth A. Tibbetts and Adrian G. DyerReader: Joe Jurca00:19:22
North America's broken heart - Dec, 2013 NatureA billion years ago, a huge rift nearly cut North America in two, and then stopped. Researchers may soon find why. By Jessica MarshallReader: Joe Jurca00:17:32
Google - Changing Your Brain - Dec, 2013 Scientific AmericanFor millennia humans have relied on one another to recall needed info. Now we rely on the cloud. By Daniel Wegner and Adrian WardReader: Joe Jurca00:16:10
Graphene - Nov, 2013 Nature MagazineThe quest for supercarbon. Graphene promises a technological revolution, but can fundamental problems be overcome? By Mark PeplowReader: Joe Jurca00:20:30
Long Live The Humans - Oct, 2013 Scientific AmericanModern genomes and ancient mummies yield clues to why our life span far exceeds that of other primates. By Heather Pringle.Reader: Joe Jurca00:34:17
Whiter Brights With Lasers - Nov, 2013 IEEE SpectrumBMW's highly efficient laser headlights will turn night into day for its upcoming all-electric supercar. By Lawrence Ulrich.Reader: Joe Jurca00:17:05
Data-Driven Society - Oct, 2013 Scientific AmericanDigital traces we leave reveal much about us. Privacy nightmare - or the basis of a healthy, prosperous world? By Alex PentlandReader: Joe Jurca00:22:38
An Ear to the Big Bang - Oct, 2013 Scientific AmericanFuture devices will let astronomers view the interior of black holes and observe the early history of time." By Ross D. AndersenReader: Joe Jurca00:26:15
King of Beasts - Nov, 2013 Scientific AmericanAfrica once had many more big carnivores than it does today. Competition with early humans may have caused this. By Lars WerdelinReader: Joe Jurca00:24:11
Eyes of a Mouse - Oct, 2013 NatureSome brain researchers are starting to use mice to study visual processing, but others fear this is short-sighted." By Monya Baker.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:03
Return of the Natives - Sep, 2013 Scientific AmericanReviving native bee species could save honeybees - and our agricultural system - from collapse. By Hillary Rosner.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:55
Oceanography's billion-dollar baby - Sep, 2013 NatureA huge undersea project will soon start spewing data. Some wonder whether it's worth its high price." By Alexandra Witze.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:07
Climate science: Rising tide - Sep, 2013 NatureResearchers struggle to project how fast, how high and how far the oceans will rise." By Nicola Jones.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:42
Are Engineered Foods Evil? - Sep, 2013 Scientific AmericanBoosters of genetically modified crops say it's the only way to feed a changing world. Critics say risk is too high. By David FreedmanReader: Joe Jurca00:27:11
STEM Crisis? - Aug, 2013 IEEE SpectrumThe STEM Crisis Is a Myth. Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of trained techies. By Robert N. Charette.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:00
Origins of Space & Time - Aug, 2013 NatureMany believe physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space & time, but their origins. By Zeeya MeraliReader: Joe Jurca00:21:39
Calories! - Sep, 2013 Scientific AmericanEverything You Know About Calories is Wrong! Digestion is far too messy a process to accurately convey in neat numbers." By Rob DunnReader: Joe Jurca00:17:36
Evidence-based justice - Aug, 2013 NatureElizabeth Loftus has exposed flaws in eyewitness testimony. Her ideas are gaining traction in our legal system." By Moheb CostandiReader: Joe Jurca00:19:28
Exotic optics: Metamaterial world - Aug, 2013 NatureEngineered structures with bizarre optical properties are set to migrate out of the laboratory and into the marketplace" By Lee Billings.Reader: Joe Jurca00:19:18
Hunt for the Magnetic Monopole - Aug, 2013 IEEE SpectrumIf magnets don't have to have two poles, it could lead to an entirely new class of devices. By Jonathan MorrisReader: Joe Jurca00:26:04
Perchance to Prune - Aug, 2013 Scientific AmericanDuring sleep, the brain weakens connections among nerve cells, conserving energy and aiding memory. By Giulio Tononi & Chiara CirelliReader: Joe Jurca00:24:32
Exercise - Aug, 2013 Scientific AmericanWhy Exercise Works Magic. Being active is good for us for many reasons beyond the old familiar ones. By various authors.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:32
Ancient Scourge of TB - Jul, 2013 Scientific AmericanThe Diabolical Genius of an Ancient Scourge. TB seems to be evolving in unexpected ways that outsmart humans. By Sally LehrmanReader: Joe Jurca00:25:46
Unclean At Any Speed - Jul, 2013 IEEE SpectrumElectric cars don't solve the automobile's environmental problems." By Ozzie Zehner.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:50
The Dawn of Distant Skies - Jul, 2013 Scientific AmericanWe no longer just hope an alien civilization will spot us. We're examining distant planets for signs of life. By Michael D. LemonickReader: Joe Jurca00:25:27
Once Blind and Now They See - Jul, 2013 Scientific AmericanSurgery in blind children from India allows them to see for the first time and reveals how vision works in the brain." By Pawan SinhaReader: Joe Jurca00:31:38
Chef in a Box - May, 2013 IEEE SpectrumIn the kitchen of the future, a food compositor could fabricate haute cuisine from scratch. By Nathan Myhrvold and Pablos HolmanReader: Joe Jurca00:16:00
Brain Barrier - Jun, 2013 Scientific AmericanResearch on the blood-brain barrier may revolutionize treatment of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. By Jeneen InterlandiReader: Joe Jurca00:23:16
Edge of the Internet - Jun, 2013 Scientific AmericanThe Web needs to radically change the way it handles information, says head of Bell Labs Research. By Larry GreenemeierReader: Joe Jurca00:15:22
Periodic Table Cracks - Jun, 2013 Sci AmElement 117 filled the last gap in the periodic table. But even as it's completed, the table may be losing its power. By Eric ScerriReader: Joe Jurca00:21:44
CDMA - May, 2013 IEEE SpectrumCaptain of CDMA. Irwin Jacobs wins 2013 IEEE Medal of Honor for his pioneering work on cell phone systems." By Tekla S. PerryReader: Joe Jurca00:20:04
To Print the Impossible - May, 2013 Scientific AmericanWill three dimensional printing transform conventional manufacturing? By Larry Greenemeier.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:54
Germany Takes the Lead in HVDC - May, 2013 IEEE SpectrumNew developments in high-voltage DC electronics could herald an epic shift in energy delivery." By Peter Fairley.Reader: Joe Jurca00:28:14
Seeds of Dementia - May, 2013 Scientific American"A chain reaction of toxic proteins may help explain Alzheimer's and other killers..." by Lary C. Walker and Mathias Jucker.Reader: Joe Jurca00:26:06
Ghostly Beacons - Apr, 2013 Scientific American"Neutrinos, the strangest beasts in the particle zoo, may soon open the way to unexplored realms" by various authorsReader: Joe Jurca00:25:33
Love Among the Dinosaurs - Apr, 2013 Scientific American"Scientists are starting to crack the once imponderable mystery of how the big reptiles had sex." by Brian Switek.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:28
Anguish of the Abandoned Child - Apr 2013 Scientific American"Study of orphaned Romanian children reveals scars from first years spent without a loving, responsive caregiver." by various authorsReader: Joe Jurca00:22:44
The Threat from Pox Viruses - Mar, 2013 Scientific American"Smallpox may be gone, but its viral cousins - monkeypox and cowpox - are staging a comeback." by Sonia ShahReader: Joe Jurca00:24:08
Text Mining Spat - Mar, 20, 2013 Nature"Scientists and publishers clash over licences that would let machines read research papers." by Richard Van NoordenReader: Joe Jurca00:12:32
My "Augmediated" Life - Mar, 2013 IEEE Spectrum"Steve Mann: My "Augmediated" Life. What I�ve learned from 35 years of wearing computerized eyewear." by Steve Mann.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:55
The End of Orange Juice - Mar, 2013 Scientific American"A devastating disease is killing citrus trees from Florida to California." by Anna KuchmentReader: Joe Jurca00:28:03
The Origins of Creativity - Mar, 2013 Scientific American"Evidence of ancient ingenuity forces us to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking out of the box." by Heather PringleReader: Joe Jurca00:28:39
Secrets of Primitive Meteorites - Feb, 2013 Scientific American"Study of chondrites, provide details of what our neighborhood in space was like before planets formed." by Alan E. Rubin.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:52
Renewable Energy - Popular Mechanics On-Line"The Renewable Energy Nobody is Talking About" by John Ackerly; "Why You Should Use a Pellet Stove" by Joseph TruiniReader: Joe Jurca00:13:39
Translational Research - Feb, 2013 Nature"Christopher Austin, director of NIH's Translational Research Centre, must jump-start drug-development." by Meredith Wadman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:25
Electronics on Paper - Feb, 2013 IEEE Spectrum"Paper electronics could pave the way to a new generation of cheap, flexible gadgets." by Andrew J. Steckl.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:08
The Battery Powered Bullet - Feb, 2013 Scientific American"Few petroleum-powered cars have ever surpassed 400 mph. A group of students plans to do it with electric power." by Gregory Mone.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:56
Quantum Dots Go on Display - Jan, 2013 Nature"Adoption by TV makers could expand the market for light-emitting nanocrystals." by Katherine Bourzac.Reader: Joe Jurca00:08:19
Dyscalculia: Number games - Jan, 2013 Nature"Brian Butterworth's crusade to understand the number deficit dyscalculia - and to help those who have it." by Ewen Callaway.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:19
Google Gets in Your Face - Jan, 2013 IEEE Spectrum"Google Glass offers a slightly augmented version of reality." by Elise Ackerman.Reader: Joe Jurca00:12:55
A Confederacy of Senses - Jan, 2013 Scientific American"Our senses collaborate more than previously realized. What we hear depends a lot on what we see and feel." by Lawrence D. RosenblumReader: Joe Jurca00:15:46
The Coming Megafloods - Jan, 2013 Scientific American"Huge atmospheric vapor flows have caused huge floods every 200 years." by Michael Dettinger and Lynn IngramReader: Joe Jurca00:25:20
The Pioneer Anomaly - Dec, 2012 IEEE Spectrum"30 years ago, Pioneer spacecraft started slowing unexpectedly. We finally know why." by Viktor Toth and Slava TuryshevReader: Joe Jurca00:24:02
The Unquantum Quantum - Dec, 2012 Scientific American"Quantum theorists often speak of the world as being digital. But is it really?" by David TongReader: Joe Jurca00:17:56
The Winters of our Discontent - Dec, 2012 Scientific American"Loss of Arctic sea ice is stacking the deck in favor of harsh winter weather in the U.S. and Europe." by Charles H. Greene.Reader: Joe Jurca00:22:38
Disappearing Daguerreotypes - Dec, 2012 Scientific American"How an unlikely team saved priceless images from the earliest days of photography." by Daniel Grushkin.Reader: Joe Jurca00:14:48
Robotic Road Train - Nov 2012 IEEE Spectrum"Semiautonomous cars will play follow the leader, giving drivers a rest and saving fuel." by Erik Coelingh and Stefan SolyomReader: Joe Jurca00:21:16
The Strangest Bird - Nov, 2012 Scientific American"Recent fossil discoveries reveal the surprising evolutionary history of penguins" by R. E. Fordyce and D. T. Ksepka.Reader: Joe Jurca00:24:35
Grow Your Own Eye! - Nov, 2012 Scientific American"Biologists have coaxed cells to form a retina, a step toward growing replacement organs outside the body." by Yoshiki Sasai.Reader: Joe Jurca00:18:52
The Higgs at Last! - Oct, 2012 Scientific American"After a 30 year search, scientists appear to have found the elusive particle. A new era in physics could be about to dawn."Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:33
Mind and Machine - Oct, 2012 UCLA Magazine"Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence. Smartphones that talk. Self-driving cars. Robots that think." by Dan Gordon.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:07
The Sleeping Slayer - Sept, 2012 Scientific American"In the neurological netherworld between sleep and wakefulness, the mind's delirium can turn tragically real." by James Vlahos.Reader: Joe Jurca00:26:55
2012 And Counting! - From "The Skeptic""A NASA Scientist Answers the Top 20 Questions About 2012." by David Morrison.Reader: Joe Jurca00:37:38
Sociable Killers - Oct, 2006 Natural History"Studies of the great white shark reveal complex social and hunting strategies." by R. Aidan Martin and Anne Martin.Reader: Joe Jurca00:26:25
Microwave Weapons - Sep, 2012 NatureDespite 50 years of research on high-power microwaves, the US military has yet to produce a usable weapon. By Sharon Weinberger.Reader: Joe Jurca00:20:02
The Power of 100 Suns - Sep, 2012 IEEE Spectrum"Tapping the Power of 100 Suns. Concentrated solar power will keep future armies on the Mar." by Richard Stevenson.Reader: Joe Jurca00:25:11
Beyond the Quantum Horizon - Sept 2012 Scientific American"Once thought to limit knowledge and technology, quantum theory is now expanding computing power." by David Deutsch and Artur Ekert.Reader: Joe Jurca00:23:14
Mind in Motion - Sep, 2012 Scientific American"The idea that paralyzed people might control their limbs by thinking is no longer fantasy." by Miguel A. L. Nicolelis.Reader: Joe Jurca00:21:15
Keep Getting Smarter? - Sept, 2012 Scientific American"Ever rising IQ scores suggest that future generations will make us seem like dimwits in comparison." by Tim Folger.Reader: Joe Jurca00:14:51

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