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The Shark That Conquered the Whorl

Journalist and author Susan Ewing talks about her new book Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil. (And we’ll discuss how Helicoprion is not technically a shark, but it’s really close!) Credit: EyeWire/Getty Images Journalist and author Susan Ewing talks about her new book Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession ...

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Soft Robot Moves by Mimicking Plants

Scientific American is part of Springer Nature, which owns or has commercial relations with thousands of scientific publications (many of them can be found at www.springernature.com/us ). Scientific American maintains a strict policy of editorial independence in reporting developments in science to our readers. 0SHARESShare Tweet Click here to Read from the source

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Teaching Computers to Enjoy the View

What sort of scenery do you find most appealing ? Researchers in the U.K. asked volunteers that question, through an online photo-rating game, and the result was sort of what you’d expect. “Beautiful mountains , abundant greenery, beautiful water features like lakes and oceans.” Chanuki Seresinhe, a data scientist at the Warwick Business School. She says the more surprising finding ...

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The Larsen C Iceberg Is Already Cracking Up

The trillion-ton iceberg that broke off Antarctica last week will not go quietly into the night. New satellite imagery reveals that the iceberg, dubbed A68, is already shifting shape along with the remaining Larsen C ice shelf itself. The iceberg has traveled about 1.5 miles from the ice shelf it was formerly attached to. A piece of ice the size ...

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Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life–and Rare in Our Galaxy

Our planet is in constant flux. Tectonic plates—the large slabs of rock that divide Earth’s crust so that it looks like a cracked eggshell—jostle about in fits and starts that continuously reshape our planet—and possibly foster life. These plates ram into one another, building mountains. They slide apart, giving birth to new oceans that can grow for hundreds of millions ...

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Bug Lovers, Earth's Many Apocalypses, the Surprising Minds of Vegetative Patients and Other New Science Books

Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them by David MacNeal. St. Martin’s Press, 2017 ($25.99) During the steamy summer months many people dream of a world without mosquitoes, ants and other pesky bugs. But remove all the insects, which comprise about 75 percent of species in the animal kingdom, and the world as we know ...

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The Science of Passionate Sex

Our culture is obsessed with sex. Everywhere you look is another article on how to have hot sex, harder erections, mind-bending orgasms, and ejaculations that go on for days. What people seldom realize, though– and which the latest science backs up– is that this is exactly the problem. There’s nothing wrong with desiring sex. I’m extremely sex positive. Rather, I believe it’s the obsessive focus on ...

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When Older Drugs are Better Drugs

Bill’s world was a dangerous one. He believed that people could control his mind using devices similar to a TV remote. He was not sure who was his friend and who was his foe. I found him curled up in a hospital bed, afraid to step out of his room. As a young man with schizophrenia, he had previously taken ...

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Surprising Scientists, 2017 Could Be among Hottest on Record

This year is on track to be the second-hottest on record, surprising climate scientists who thought natural weather patterns could break a multiyear trend of record-breaking temperature increases. Global temperatures this year have been 1.64 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of 56.3 F, according to NOAA. That’s second only to last year, by a difference of about 0.29 F. ...

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The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. “I don’t think like a mathematician,” admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to focus on tangible problems about solid materials. He is not alone. Physicists have typically paid little attention to topology—the mathematical study of shapes and their arrangement in space. But now Kane and other physicists are ...

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