Undoing Tattoos

Raychelle BurksMar 20, 2017

From antiquity to the modern day, tattoo removal has required tattoo holders to put some skin in the game. But the science has come a long way.

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Professor Astro Cat Goes Digital

Dianne TimblinSep 9, 2016

It’s no secret we're serious fans of the dapper and witty Professor Astro Cat. The mobile app Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System (Minilab Studios, $2.99, iOS and Android) translates a portion of the material from the first book, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, for an interactive digital format. We decided to take it for a cosmic joyride.

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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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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 Voodoo Science of Choosing a Successful Cover

Barbara AulicinoApr 27, 2015

Inspiration for a cover doesn’t always come right away, and at first nothing was quickening the pulse for the May–June issue of American Scientist. Although the topics themselves were compelling, consider the imagery conjured up by our feature article lineup...

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From the Archives: Scientists’ Conversations About Rachel Carson and DDT, 1944 to Today

Katie L. BurkeApr 22, 2015

It’s doubtful we would have Earth Day without Rachel Carson. Her pioneering 1962 book Silent Spring sparked the environmental movement and infused ecological ideas into mainstream thinking. So to recognize this date, I combed through the archives of American Scientist to get a sense of how scientists have discussed Carson and Silent Spring over time.

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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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Charles Darwin on Social Media

Barbara Aulicino, Fenella SaundersFeb 13, 2015

If Facebook had existed in Charles Darwin’s day, and you were friends with him, the site would have automatically reminded you of his birthday on February 12.

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Doodling the Science News Headlines

Tom Dunne, Fenella SaundersFeb 11, 2015

A headline is designed to convey the gist of a story, and also entice a reader to want more information. But sometimes the headlines themselves can inspire the imagination. Resident cartoonist and Contributing Art Director, Tom Dunne, created some off-the-cuff doodles, based solely on the headlines from Sigma Xi's SmartBrief.

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8 Myths About Public Understanding of Science

Katie L. BurkeFeb 9, 2015

A little over a week ago, the Pew Research Center came out with new poll data showing that the general public continues to debate particular scientific ideas on which most scientists already agree. This has sounded the latest call for increased attention to public understanding of science. But this is a two-way street: There also needs to be a call for scientists’ understanding of the public.

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