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Life on the Volcano Is Increasingly Tough for These Hawaiian Birds

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 8:21pm
You have to hike a pretty long distance if you hope to see the critically endangered bird known as the palila (Loxioides bailleui), but if you’re lucky and work hard, you can walk their entire...

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Better Barley Let People Settle Tibetan Plateau

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 8:03pm
Importation of a frost-resistant barley from the Fertile Crescent to Tibet some 3,600 years ago is associated with the advent of settlements at 3,000 meters and more above sea level. Cynthia Graber...

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Amazon and Google Change Places on Going Green

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 7:40pm
Google recently explained its pullback on sustainability while Amazon has just announced a "long-term commitment" to achieve 100 percent renewable energy use

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Cats Teach Robots To Land On Feet

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 6:56pm
Training rescue robots to land safely from falls like cats could give them nine lives in the field. Larry Greenemeier reports.  

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Plan to Ease World Hunger Wins at Google Science Fair

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 5:30pm
Irish teens took the top prize for experiments with common soil bacteria

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Ants Abound in Manhattan's Slivers of Green

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 4:16pm
Ants—they're everywhere. Charging across your picnic blanket, sneaking into your sandwich and, naturally, marching one by one (hurrah!

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How Doctors Determine the Moment of Death [Excerpt]

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 4:00pm
The definition of death is hazy but important for medical decisions, explains Harvard neurologist Allan Ropper in the new book Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole  

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Plague in Madagascar Has Killed 40 People Out of 119 Cases

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 3:42pm
An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital

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Introducing The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 3:00pm
It’s my great pleasure to introduce The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity.

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Climate Preparedness Index Reveals Rich-Poor Gap

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 2:00pm
High in the Peruvian Andes 8,000 alpacas died during a particularly harsh period of cold in the summer of 2004. For the herders who raise and shear these long-haired beasts for a living, it was a...

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Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 1:16pm
It seems you can't read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more...

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Feud Erupts over U.S. Congress Inquiry into Research Value

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 1:15pm
University scientists warn probe will reveal names and comments of anonymous peer reviewers, and warp research evaluation

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Banking Culture Primes People to Cheat

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 1:05pm
Individual bankers behave honestly except when they think about their jobs

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Care of the Wounded, 1914

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 1:00pm
Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: November 21, 1914 From the Scientific American Supplement issue of November 21, 1914, we note, "The first object of an army in war is to...

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Are Scientists on the Cusp of Knowing How Weird We Are?

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 12:48pm
I’m writing this post for two reasons. One is to recommend a new book by Columbia astrobiologist Caleb Scharf (who also writes a terrific Scientific American blog, “Life,...

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Battle of the `Staches Raises Money for Men's Health

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 12:27pm
People who donate money or fundraise for a cause are often silent heroes. However, unlike many fundraising efforts, it's readily apparent who's participating in one that's currently taking the nation...

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A Day in the Life of an Ebola Worker

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
Denial, violence and fear make it difficult to stamp out Ebola in west Africa

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Spacetime Is Not Necessarily Continuous

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 11:15am
We perceive space and time to be continuous, but if the amazing theory of loop quantum gravity is correct, they actually come in discrete pieces

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Neuronal "Superhub" Might Generate Consciousness

Scientific American News Feed - November 21, 2014 - 11:00am
Could a thin, enigmatic layer of nerve cells be a key component of the networks generating conscious experience?

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It’s Hard to Dust in Space

Scientific American News Feed - November 20, 2014 - 11:56pm
Over the summer researchers identified seven specks of dust returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. But determining their true origin has been difficult. Clara Moskowitz reports

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