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Bio-Responsive Smart Drug Delivery

Fenella SaundersMar 27, 2017

A talk by Zhen Gu, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University, who uses materials that are responsive to biological cues in order to house and deliver medications.

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Defending Science and Scientific Integrity in the Age of Trump

Robert FrederickMar 9, 2017

A discussion about how to address the uncertainty about science's role in our federal government and the consequences of political interference.

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The Biology of Cannabis

Katie L. BurkeFeb 21, 2017

In this live video Q&A, plant biologist George Weiblen discusses what he's learned since 2001, when he became the first scientist with approval to grow marijuana and hemp in the lab.

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Audio: Harder-Than-Diamond Carbon

Robert FrederickFeb 14, 2017

A new form of carbon—Q-carbon—is harder than diamonds and out of the lab.

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The Geology and Geography of Floods

Katie L. BurkeJan 25, 2017

A Q&A with a research geologist on landscape evolution, flooding, and the intersection of landscapes and people.

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False colors reveal...

Audio: Seeing Biology's Tiniest in Color

Robert FrederickJan 18, 2017

How do you see the color of objects that are smaller than the smallest wavelength of visible light?

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Representatives of <em>Homo naledi </em>...

Most Popular Articles, 2016

Jan 2, 2017

The most popular articles on our website over the year, 2016.

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Most Popular Blog Posts, 2016

Dec 26, 2016

It’s been a full year of blogging at American Scientist. Here are the highlights!

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Most Popular Book Reviews, 2016

Dec 20, 2016

It’s been another great year of reviewing books at American Scientist. Here are the highlights!

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Audio: Cancer Chemotherapy During Pregnancy

Robert FrederickDec 2, 2016

An interview with a health scientist about chemotherapy-use among pregnant cancer patients.

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Having Faith in Science, Equivocally

Robert FrederickNov 7, 2016

Unequivocally deny scientific results? No, that’s saying there's certainty when there must be doubt.

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Moving Beyond Impasse in Climate Change Communications

Katie L. BurkeOct 26, 2016

If you’re considering how to write for, speak to, or have conversations with those who may be resistant to the idea that climate change is happening and is caused by human activities, here is an overview of communication ideas that the climate change literature has explored so far.

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Audio: Blue Whirl -- A New Form of Combustion

Robert FrederickOct 17, 2016

A low-emission method of combustion is full of puzzles and potential.

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After Fukushima: Nuclear Power Programs Around the World

Fenella SaundersOct 14, 2016

A Q&A with a research physicist on the future of energy production via nuclear power.

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Audio: Graphene Takes Flight

Katie L. BurkeOct 13, 2016

An interview with aerospace engineer Billy Beggs about the first ever graphene-coated airplane, built by his team.

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How Sleep Affects Performance, Health, and Well-Being

Fenella SaundersSep 16, 2016

A Q&A with a psychology researcher on the stress and subsequent events caused by improper sleep.

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Wetlands: Climate Change, Restoration, and Management

Katie L. BurkeSep 9, 2016

As the climate changes, wetlands around the world experience major shifts in their functioning that can put biodiversity and ecosystem services at risk. Understanding these changes can enable better wetlands management and restoration.

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Stop Using the Word Pseudoscience

Katie L. BurkeAug 25, 2016

The term lacks a coherent meaning and leads to unnecessary polarization, mistrust, disrespectfulness, and confusion around science issues.

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Debriefing the EuroScience Open Forum 2016

Katie L. BurkeAug 4, 2016

Digital features editor Katie L. Burke attended the EuroScience Open Forum, Europe's largest general science conference, last week. Below, she sums up the major take-home messages of the conference through Storify, organizing announcements and conversations on Twitter.


Audio: Testing the Toxicity of Black Cohosh

Robert FrederickJul 28, 2016

Initial studies from the U.S. National Toxicology Program indicate that black cohosh extract—widely marketed to treat women's health issues—is genotoxic.

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