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New Estimate Boosts the Human Brain's Memory Capacity 10-Fold

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 5:00pm
A new study has found the brain’s information storage capacity may be around a quadrillion bytes

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Tarantula in Black: Dark, Hairy Spider Named After Johnny Cash

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 4:00pm
Scientists have reclassified the majority of the 55 known tarantula species and added 14 new ones

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Forests Not Equal When It Comes to Climate

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 3:30pm
Two studies show how different tree species affect both carbon storage and local temperatures

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Obama Proposes $10-per-barrel Oil Tax to Fund Green Transit

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 2:30pm
Republicans lambaste the president as well as "progressive climate activists"

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Comets May Not Explain "Alien Megastructure" Star's Strange Flickering after All

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 2:00pm
Scientists are still searching for what's behind the perceived dimming of Tabby's Star

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Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 1:30pm
Racial categories are weak proxies for genetic diversity and need to be phased out 

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Scientists Should Talk to the Public, but Also Listen

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 1:20pm
Scientists increasingly understand why it's important to talk to the public, but few realize that science communication goes both ways

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Visualizing Protein Structures

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 1:00pm
Early schematics by Jane Richardson lay the foundation for her ubiquitous ribbon diagrams

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Visualizing Protein Structures

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 1:00pm
Early schematics by Jane Richardson lay the foundation for her ubiquitous ribbon diagrams

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Weird Ancient Wildebeest Sported Duck-Billed Dinosaur Nose

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 1:00pm
Large, hollow nasal crests were comparable to those of hadrosaurs, researchers say

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New Video Captures Only Known Wild Jaguar in the U.S.

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 12:20pm
Remote sensor camera in the Arizona mountains gives conservationists rare insight into the cat's movements

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The Challenges of Digital Voting

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 11:15am
Information security expert Avi Rubin explains why we won't be voting on our smartphones anytime soon

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The Mind Behind PBS's Brain Series

Scientific American News Feed - February 5, 2016 - 10:30am
Scientific American MIND speaks with neuroscientist David Eagleman about his latest project

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The Embarrassing, Destructive Fight over Biotech's Big Breakthrough

Scientific American News Feed - February 4, 2016 - 6:55pm
The gene-editing technology known as CRISPR has spawned an increasingly unseemly brawl over who will reap the rewards

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Brazil Confirms Zika Infection from a Blood Transfusion

Scientific American News Feed - February 4, 2016 - 6:00pm
The country's government is asking donors to wait 30 days after infection to donate, but many patients are asymptomatic

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A Carbon Tax on Meat?

Scientific American News Feed - February 4, 2016 - 5:30pm
Health officials say taxing red meat could improve people's diets and lower greenhouse gas emissions, but economists say it won't work

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Mirror on the Cosmos: NASA's Next Big Telescope Takes Shape

Scientific American News Feed - February 4, 2016 - 3:05pm
After more than 20 years the giant mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete

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Bear Gut Microbes Help Prep Hibernation

Scientific American News Feed - February 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
Bears’ gut summer bacteria are more diverse and include species that tend to promote energy storage than are the bacteria that live in them during their hibernation  

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Dam Design

Scientific American News Feed - February 4, 2016 - 2:00pm
A hydroelectricity science project

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Human Brain's Bizarre Folding Pattern Re-Created in a Vat

Scientific American News Feed - February 4, 2016 - 1:45pm
Scientists have discovered exactly how the human brain gets its crinkly, wrinkly appearance in utero

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