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By American Scientist Magazine
Periodic audiocasts from American Scientist, a publication of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Entanglement and Choice
Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi discusses his memoir, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Streets to the Stars.
Structural problems in STEM workplaces, and the importance of inclusivity in institutions -- a conversation with Shirley Malcom.
Lessons from past biotechnology controversies and the potentials and concerns that lie ahead -- a conversation with Insoo Hyun.
Approaches to engage marginalized communities -- a conversation with Stephaun Elite Wallace.
Exploring all things data visualization.
Using art as a tool for environmental education.
How science communicators are using music to make science more reflexive, equitable, and engaging to audiences.
This remarkably diverse group of dinosaurs went far beyond Triceratops.
Seeking to better describe the world, researchers are attempting to blend the languages of science and art.
An interview with virologist Peter Jay Hotez on the anti-vaccine movement and other challenges to vaccine development, including poverty, war and conflict, urbanization, and climate change.
An interview with Anina Rich, who heads the Perception in Action Research Centre at Macquarie University and the Synaesthesia at Macquarie research group. She investigates synesthesia to learn about how the brain integrates information.
An interview with Manuel Lima, Senior UX Design Leader for Google, avid historian, and author of books exploring how certain visual themes, such as circles, go back to the beginnings of human understanding.
New computing applications are ahead for soft materials that can guide light.
An interview with atmospheric scientist Ben Santer, who helped to author the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's famous conclusion in 1995 of the “discernible human influence on global climate” and who has continued his research through to the present day ...
All-ages programming is a challenge, but Tinkercast's "WOW in the World" is popular among both parents and children.
Detecting gerrymandering is an active research field, particularly given new voting methods such as ranked-choice voting, but ending the practice takes more than mathematical know-how.
New imaging reveals the hidden structure that makes enamel in human teeth so tough, inspiring researchers to use the knowledge to create tougher synthetic materials.
An interview with high school teacher Matt Brady -- author of "The Science of Rick and Morty: The Unofficial Guide to Earth's Stupidest Show" -- on his use of pop culture in the science classroom.
An interview with University of Maryland engineer Ryan Sochol, whose team has developed a technique to do three-dimensional printing at capillary sizes, for better modeling of living systems.
An interview with Geraldine L. Richmond, Presidential Chair in Science and professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, and the current President of Sigma Xi, the organization that publishes American Scientist magazine.
Coal-ash spills and water quality: an interview with Avner Vengosh, a geochemist at Duke University, on his latest research.
Overuse, population growth, and climate change are turning water into a powerful tool for conflict in many parts of the world.
Modern life is costing us months of our lives.
Live imaging of body-sensing neurons required both new techniques and new technology.
An interview with Jeff Dean, head of artificial intelligence at Google, about the major advances and concerns facing current artificial intelligence research, and how it interfaces with human society.
Young women have a low risk of heart disease, and sex differences in this bodily system could help explain why.
A new pharmaceutical specifically for postpartum depression is approved and a large, ongoing study may yield insight into depression generally, informing future treatment.
An interview with Ulrich Parlitz, a biomedical physicist, on using artificial intelligence to predict the propagation of the heart's electrical signals in order to make defibrillation safer.
An interview with Anna Marie Skalka, whose primary research focus has been understanding viruses’ many functions -- both harmful and helpful.
Studying the neurons of a most elusive and delicate animal, hydra, required a new trap, which worked... at least for a little while. Here's our interview with Jacob Robinson, a neuroengineer at Rice University, whose team developed that trap.
At age 31, astrophysicist Gene Parker, now 91, mathematically described what we now call the "solar wind." This August, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe -- the first mission named after a living person -- to study the Sun and ...
Reading from "The People Vs Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It)," author Jamie Bartlett tells one story of Donald Trump's campaign's digital strategy and their collaboration with Facebook in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
Mapping "star stuff" onto the periodic table -- an interview with Jennifer Johnson, a professor of astronomy at the Ohio State University who studies the history of the Milky Way and its stars.
An interview with the TESS mission's Sara Seager, an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT who focuses on theoretical models of atmospheres and interiors of all kinds of exoplanets as well as novel space science missions.
An interview with Jamie Bartlett on his new book, "The People Vs. Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It)."
Our voices reveal many cues about sex, gender, and sexual orientation, but science doesn't support the stereotypes.
The bioinspired engineering it takes just to study the cells lining the human gut
A zoologist and a composer combine efforts, setting a scientific talk about the eastern coyote to a soundtrack.
Your sensory experience of food doesn't end when you swallow.
New developments in anti-viral therapies may be able to prevent some future pandemics.
The first 3D imaging of the intricate cardiac conduction system provides new detail for researchers and surgeons.
For thousands of years, humanity has been computing the exact timing of eclipses. We're close. But with a little more data, we could be even closer still.
How all that fake news -- designed to sway public opinion, sway your vote, pile on insults -- gets around.
An interview with a biologist who studies physiological mechanisms of complex social behavior about new research on the hormones that affect bird behavior.
A discussion of three different experiences at three different Marches for Science, as well as some lessons learned in taking the next steps in advocating for science-based policy.
An interview with a microbiologist about research on using the belly's bacteria to avoid the symptoms of lactose intolerance.
A discussion about how to address the uncertainty about science's role in our federal government and the consequences of political interference.
A new form of carbon is harder than diamond and can be used to make diamonds, too.
Even though they are far smaller than the shortest wavelength of visible light, tiny biological objects can finally be imaged in multiple hues.