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  1. Imprint of Primordial Monster Star FoundRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 25 | Scientific American

    The very first stars in the Universe might have been hundreds of times more massive than the Sun.


  2. Science Media Beset with Gender GapsRead the original story

    Thursday Aug 21 | Scientific American

    Diverse ideas and perspectives benefit science-as studies amply demonstrate-yet progress toward equal representation of minority groups within the scientific community has been frustratingly slow.


  3. 1,000-Robot Swarm Created by ResearchersRead the original story

    Thursday Aug 14 | Scientific American

    Scientists have created a swarm of over a thousand coin-sized robots that can assemble themselves into two-dimensional shapes by communicating with their neighbours.


  4. Robot Made of Shrinky-Dink Polymer Folds Itself in 4 MinutesRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 8 | Scientific American

    Using techniques inspired by the art of origami, a US-based team has built a robot that can fold itself into shape starting from a flat sheet.


  5. Humans Have Tripled Mercury Levels in the OceanRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 6 | Scientific American

    The mercury levels in a top predator such as tuna are 10 million times higher than those in the surrounding seawater.


  6. Foresters Now Monitoring Tree Populations from Space [Slide Show]Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 6 | Scientific American

    Foresters have long used a Biltmore stick, invented before World War I at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, to quickly ascertain the diameter and hence circumference of any tree.


  7. Alternative Fusion Technologies Heat UpRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 24, 2014 | Scientific American

    When a superhot, ionized plasma is trapped in a magnetic field, it will fight to escape.


  8. More than 100 Genetic Locations Found to Be Linked to SchizophreniaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 22, 2014 | Scientific American

    Researchers seeking to unpick the complex genetic basis of mental disorders such as schizophrenia have taken a huge step towards their goal.


  9. Galactic Black Hole Fireworks Were a FlopRead the original story

    Jul 22, 2014 | Scientific American

    The giant "G2" cloud at the center of the Milky Way could be falling in a continuous stream, thereby inhibiting the spectacle that astronomers hoped for A team of astronomers now says that it has an explanation for the lack of fireworks around the black hole, called Sagittarius A*, which is four million times more massive than the Sun.


  10. Spider Gene Study Reveals Tangled EvolutionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2014 | Scientific American

    This female orb-weaving araneoid spider from the Amazonian rainforest waits at the centre of its web for prey to arrive.


  11. Multiple "Promiscuous" Gene Transfers Found to Occur in Complex CellsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 2, 2014 | Scientific American

    Multiple independent gene transfers are now documented to occur in the evolutionary history of eukaryotic life, not just among prokaryotes Bacteria frequently trade genes back and forth with their neighbors, gaining abilities and traits that enable them to adapt quickly to new environments.


  12. Elite Labs Hire More Men than WomenRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 1, 2014 | Scientific American

    In biology-related fields, research groups run by male academics - especially eminent ones such as Nobel laureates - tend to have fewer female staff than average Credit: Thinkstock Leading male researchers in the life sciences employ fewer women than do their female peers, according to a study of US laboratories.


  13. Health Impact of Vitamin Pills Remains Uncertain in Developed WorldRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 26, 2014 | Scientific American

    Evidence from double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trials suggests that hardly any nutrient supplements have a consistent health effect on people in developed countries.


  14. Gravitational-Wave Findings Could Amount to DustRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2014 | Scientific American

    The astronomers who announced earlier this year evidence of a signal from the dawn of time now are taking a more cautious stance Physicist Justus Brevik of the California Institute of Technology working on the BICEP2 telescope's readout electronics.


  15. Quantum Network Would Be Most Precise Clock YetRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2014 | Scientific American

    The idea combines two popular research trends. The first is atomic clocks, which are becoming more precise as scientists improve ways of measuring superfast fluctuations in the energy states of charged particles or atoms.


  16. Secrets of Ant Rafts RevealedRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 12, 2014 | Scientific American

    To negotiate floods and cross streams, fire ants band together - literally - linking together to form rafts and bridges in a feat of social cooperation and biophysics.


  17. Time Travel: Installing an Atomic Clock at 15,000 FeetRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 10, 2014 | Scientific American

    Scientific American senior editor Seth Fletcher is writing a book on the Event Horizon Telescope, a global array of radio telescopes that will directly observe the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.


  18. Habitable Planets Search Deflated by Stellar WindRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2014 | Scientific American

    It's easier to detect exoplanets around M-dwarfs, the most common type of star in our galaxy, but these worlds also may suffer from a life-threatening solar wind It could be harder than thought to find habitable planets near red dwarfs such as the one illustrated here.


  19. 9 Exceptional Scientists Receive the 2014 Kavli PrizesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 30, 2014 | Scientific American

    Cosmic inflationi is a theory that postulates that the infant universe expanded far faster than the speed of light after its creation.


  20. Proton's Magnetism Measured with Greatest Precision YetRead the original story w/Photo

    May 29, 2014 | Scientific American

    Physicists are measuring fundamental properties of protons and antiprotons to test the principle that antiparticles behave exactly like the mirror images of their particle counterparts moving backwards in time - and with their electric charges reversed.


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