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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Particle Colliders on the Horizon

Emily ThompsonSep 25, 2016

Once data collection finishes at the Large Hadron Collider in roughly 15 years, what potential facilities will advance particle physics next?

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Fire’s Weird Behavior in Space

Fenella SaundersApr 13, 2016

In the microgravity environment of outer space, flames burn very differently than they do on Earth. Understanding those differences not only helps researchers grasp the properties of combustion and burning, but is also crucial for outer-space missions.

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Crowdsourcing the Paleolithic

Sandra J. AckermanDec 31, 2015

Who knows what you may discover from the comfort of your armchair?

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Can Your Phone Tell You If Your Food Is Safe?

Fenella SaundersOct 10, 2015

[VIDEO] Determining whether your food is safe to eat could soon be as simple as activating an app and pointing your mobile phone at the meal on your plate. In the latest in our series of Google Hangouts with Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers, Omowunmi Sadik discusses biosensors—what they are, how they work, and how they can help us determine whether our food contains unsafe levels of pathogens. Along the way, Dr. Sadik also talks about electrochemical "fingerprints," nanotechnology ethics, regulatory processes, and the patenting process, as well as her early years of studying science in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Developing Duplicates: 3D Printing Replacement Body Parts

Katie-Leigh Corder, Fenella SaundersAug 16, 2015

Researchers in the regenerative medicine field are now amplifying their efforts with 3D-printing technology, which can now use organic materials to create scaffolds that cells need to grow into their final forms.

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How Forensic Scientists Find a Dead Body—
And How Microbes Can Help

Raychelle BurksAug 6, 2015

Finding a dead body within a suspected area is challenging, and new tools can help forensics teams cast a wider net.

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The Day the Bomb Dropped

Fenella SaundersJul 16, 2015

On the 70th anniversary of the first successful nuclear weapon test, we've collected a selection of articles and book reviews from American Scientist that cover this controversial topic from multiple angles.

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The Power of the Little Guy

Fenella SaundersJul 14, 2015

Inventor Dean Kamen is resolved to engineer clean water for the entire world, and he might just do it. Included is a clip from the documentary SlingShot about Kamen's latest invention.

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Celebrating 25 Years in North Carolina

Katie-Leigh CorderJul 1, 2015

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society moved from Connecticut to North Carolina in 1990 to be in the heart of the Research Triangle. We’re celebrating our 25-year anniversary of calling North Carolina home! Since then, we’ve experienced the state’s vibrant scientific research and diverse landscapes, from the mountains to the sea.

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The Cool Factor: Air Conditioning's History in Images

Dianne Timblin, Barbara AulicinoJun 27, 2015

In honor of the first week of summer, we’re revisiting the book Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Salvatore Basile, with a collection of images as well as some additional discussion of the book. We like to think of it as the summertime-release, extended dance version of our original review.

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2,877 Hours in a Personal Spacecraft One-Tenth of an Inch Thick

Jun 3, 2015

June 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the first American space walk, or Extravehicular Activity (EVA) in NASA terms. The technology and design of space suits—called Extravehicular Mobility Units in NASA parlance—has also evolved greatly over the past 50 years. In the September-October 2015 issue of American Scientist, we will feature an article from Dave Cadogan, Director of Engineering at ILC Dover, the only company that currently makes US space suits.

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Big Data and the Individual Patient

Sandra J. AckermanMay 29, 2015

The number-crunching power of large clinical trials can sometimes blur unique features that affect the outcome of treatment for a particular patient.

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Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day with 6 Books from Indie Publishers

Dianne TimblinMay 2, 2015

To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day we couldn’t resist recommending some reads worth seeking out (or ordering from) your favorite independent bookstore. And as usual, our celebration here at Science Culture comes with a twist: We’re going all-indie today, focusing specifically on science, math, and tech books issued by independent publishers—truly the unsung (and occasionally unpaid) heroes of the book-producing world. Culled from a long and worthy list, here are six recommendations for the day.

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A Fool’s Errand: Writing Science Spoofs to Enthrall, Not Annoy

Dianne TimblinApr 2, 2015

Here at Science Culture Central, we’ve spent April Fools’ week chatting about science and technology spoofs. How exactly do some of these stories burrow their way into our skeptical hearts? We examined some of our favorites, new and old, and noticed that certain aspects stood out.

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“Fascinating, Jim”: 9 Movies for a SciFi Icon’s Birthday

Barbara Aulicino, Katie L. Burke, Corey S. Powell, Dianne TimblinMar 20, 2015

We’ve put together some recommendations—nine movies in all, some of them true classics, others hopeful classics, and a couple that are science classics for all the wrong reasons.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Robotic Arm

Dianne TimblinFeb 16, 2015

An homage to the tireless, endlessly useful robotic arm. Patented in 1961 and first used in a GM manufacturing line, it has since been cast in countless roles. We’ve assembled a collection of videos intended to convey a broad cross-section of cultural touchpoints for this evolving technology.

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