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Most Popular Articles, 2015

Jan 5, 2016

In compiling a top-10 list of the year’s most popular articles on American Scientist, we decided to look at what you—our readers—have been searching for, not only among our most recent issues but in our archives as well. So here are the most popular articles on our website for 2015.



#10

Rethinking the Fall of Easter Island



New evidence points to an alternative explanation for a civilization’s collapse. (September–October 2006 by Terry Hunt)



#9

That‘s Funny...



A window on data can be a window on discovery.
(July–August 2009 by Howard Wainer and Shaun Lysen)



#8

The Statistical Crisis in Science



Data-dependent analysis—a “garden of forking paths”—explains why many statistically significant comparisons don’t hold up.
(November–December 2014 by Andrew Gelman and Eric Loken)



#7

An Exact Value for Avogadro’s Number



Untangling this constant from Le Gran K could provide a new definition of the gram.
(November–December 2014 by Ronald Fox and Theodore Hill)



#6

Tardigrades



These ambling, eight-legged microscopic “bears of the moss” are cute, ubiquitous, all but indestructible, and a model organism for teaching science.
(September–October 2011 by William R. Miller)



#5

The First Discovery of DNA



Few remember the man who discovered the “molecule of life” three-quarters of a century before Watson and Crick revealed its structure.
(July–August 2008 by Ralf Dahm)



#4

Cultures of Code



Three communities in the world of computation are bound together by common interests but set apart by distinctly different aims and agendas.
(January–February 2015 by Brian Hayes)



#3

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day



At one time or another, most of us have proved empirically, and painfully, the old mother’s tale that it’s possible to get sunburned on a cloudy day.
(May–June 2006 by David Schoonmaker)



#2

The Science of Scientific Writing



If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs.
(November–December 1990 by George Gopen and Judith Swan)



#1

Why Is Human Childbirth So Painful?



Having babies isn’t easy—and the standard explanation may be wrong.
(November–December 2013 by Pat Shipman)


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