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Brain-Data Gold Mine Could Reveal How Neurons Compute

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:15
Allen Brain Observatory releases an unprecedented survey of activity in the mouse visual cortex

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STEM Student Spotlight: Olivia Walch

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 09:00
"Math takes over when language exhausts itself”

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Study Finds Fat Kills, Casting Doubt on "Obesity Paradox"

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:45
Excess body weight now causes one in five of all premature deaths in America

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New Concentrating Solar Tower Is Worth Its Salt with 24/7 Power

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:30
A California firm is converting sunlight to heat and storing it in molten salt so it can supply electricity when the wind is calm or the sun isn’t shining

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FDA Lets Cancer Trial Resume after 3 Patient Deaths

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:15
Standard chemo blamed, experimental immune therapy cleared

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There's No One-Size-Fits-All Way to Treat Autism

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:00
Families face a myriad of choices—and not all of them have been shown to be effective

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South Africa Ushers in a New Era for HIV

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:00
Scientists are now exploring the long-term consequences of the potent drug cocktail used to combat the disease

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Diets around the World Are Becoming More Similar

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:15
Diets around the globe are more similar than they used to be

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Shadows and Illusions

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 06:30
The way we detect shape and depth from shading reveals some primeval rules that govern how we see the world

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Does the Immune System Have a Role in Battling Autism?

Scientific American News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 06:00
New study finds mice may need infection-fighting molecules to socialize

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Bees Rank Pollen by Taste

Scientific American News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 21:55
The discerning insects returned to flowers with sweetened pollen, but avoided revisiting flowers with bitter pollen. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Astronomers Spot First-Ever "Snow Line" around Newborn Star

Scientific American News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:45
The images of water frost forming around the young star V883 Orionis offer new insights into planet formation

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Robots Could Hack Turing Test by Keeping Silent

Scientific American News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:10
While it's not news that the Turing test has flaws, the new study highlights just how limited the test is for answering deeper questions about artificial intelligence, study co-author says

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Germany Enlists Machine Learning to Boost Renewables Revolution

Scientific American News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:20
Grids struggle to cope with erratic nature of wind and solar power

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Juno Spacecraft Captures First Photo from Jupiter Orbit

Scientific American News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:40
Image takes in the Great Red Spot, cloud belts and three big moons

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Why should physicists study history?

Physics Today News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:57
Just as physics is not a list of facts about the world, history is not a list of names and dates. It is a way of thinking that can be powerful and illuminating.

Physics, fracking, fuel, and the future

Physics Today News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:57
To contend with the challenges of fueling modern society, the physics community must collaborate with other disciplines and remain broadly engaged in research and education on energy.

Frustration by design

Physics Today News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:57
By fabricating magnetic structures into nanoscale arrays, physicists can directly visualize how condensed-matter systems accommodate competing interactions among dipole moments and other degrees of freedom.

Science is special

Physics Today News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:57
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