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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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The Evolution of the 21st-Century Scientist

Brian KurillaAug 12, 2016

As more trained scientists leave traditional career paths, the distinction between scientist and nonscientist blurs.

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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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Emerging Entomology Research from a New Biodiversity Hotspot

Matthew BertoneMar 22, 2016

At a regional meeting in the southeastern United States, bug experts revealed new research in taxonomy, invasion biology, disease ecology, and microbiomics.

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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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How Hair Ice Grows

Fenella SaundersNov 9, 2015

Updated research shows how long, thin strands of ice, called hair ice, forms from decomposing wood.

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Overcoming Barriers to Diversity in Science

Katie L. BurkeNov 5, 2015

[VIDEO] In this Google Hangout, associate editor Katie L. Burke discusses with sociologist Sandra Hanson what the barriers to diversity in science are, what solutions she has seen work to promote diversity, and what barriers remain to be addressed.

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Our Favorite DIY Science-Themed Halloween Costumes

Katie L. BurkeOct 30, 2015

Ten costume ideas that look smart and start conversations about our favorite subject: science.

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Up Close with Lemur Gut Bugs

Lydia GreeneOct 29, 2015

The World Lemur Festival starts today, and is a great occasion to celebrate these charismatic primates—and their poop.

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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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A Space Suit that Squeezes

Vinita Marwaha MadillAug 18, 2015

A new space suit design uses advanced materials to combat muscle and bone loss for astronauts in outer space.

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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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12 Tips for Scientists Writing for the General Public

Katie L. BurkeJul 31, 2015

Learning the principles of journalistic nonfiction often requires scientist authors to step away from an academic writing style that has come to feel intuitive. Nevertheless, using these principles can make the scientist’s work more relatable, memorable, and trusted.

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When the Man in the Moon Met the Men on the Moon: Part 1

Dianne TimblinJul 20, 2015

When the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon, we knew what it meant for science. We also knew what it meant for Cold War–era politics. But what did it mean for the arts? Would poets ever look at the Moon in the same way again?

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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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Internships Connect Math Students to New Career Paths

Rachel LevyJul 7, 2015

The variety of math-focused jobs in business, industry, and government is increasing, a trend recently highlighted in the popular press. The new challenge is to connect students trained in the mathematical sciences to these jobs.

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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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