Mar 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.
Read MoreFeb 21, 2017
The March for Science has reignited an old debate about the nature of objectivity and scientific authority.
Read MoreAug 25, 2016
The term lacks a coherent meaning and leads to unnecessary polarization, mistrust, disrespectfulness, and confusion around science issues.
Read MoreMar 24, 2016
A discussion with sociologist and Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Ed Hackett on the history and outcomes of social organization in science, and what that means for those who wish to cultivate an innovative scientific environment.
Read MoreNov 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.
Read MoreSep 4, 2015
The noted neurologist preferred to write popular books over peer-reviewed papers, so a celebration of his life in books seems fitting.
Read MoreAug 29, 2015
The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina brings with it memories of a coincident crisis. But it turns out that recalling an emotionally charged event isn't a straightforward process. How documentary photographs in the wake of disaster can help us understand the workings of memory.
Read MoreJul 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.
Read MoreJul 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.
Read MoreJun 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.
Read MoreJun 9, 2015
I predicted that any insect that flies at night must have a way of dealing with their fiercest nocturnal predators—bats. More recent findings by Akito Kawahara of the University of Florida and my former graduate student Jesse Barber of Boise State University confirm this prediction in two exciting ways.
Read MoreMay 11, 2015
Besides being Richard Feynman’s birthday, May 11 marks National Twilight Zone Day. The establisher of the holiday, as well as the reason this date was chosen, is appropriately murky (it’s not the date the show first aired). We like to think that Feynman might have been amused by the association.
Read MoreMay 11, 2015
May 11 marks what would have been the 97th birthday of Richard Feynman, the legendary physicist who helped to found the field of quantum electrodynamics. Feynman’s name has often graced the pages of American Scientist. Here we collect a dozen links as a jumping-off point for those looking to know more about this fascinating scientist.
Read MoreMay 10, 2015
Your parents went halfsies on much of your biological material (for example, your chromosomes), but one of the most
important pieces of your cellular machinery came almost exclusively from your mom: mitochondria. Happy Mother's Day to your mom and your mitochondria!
Read MoreMay 7, 2015
We recently published an article about the results of a 4.5-year program of research on gender’s influence on faculty hiring preferences for tenure-track STEM assistant professorships. Our methods brought up an interesting issue about the types of adjectives used to describe job applicants, one that we did not have space to address in the paper.
Read MoreMay 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.
Read MoreMay 1, 2015
When I’m putting my 3.5-year-old to bed every night, we have some down time where we just hang out on her bed together. One night I looked at her and asked, “Want me to tell you a science story?” She said, “Yes!”
Read MoreApr 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.
Read MoreFeb 25, 2015
For millennia, fundamental units of time were referenced this way. The ever-changing Earth rotation interval was divided into 86,400 seconds. But Earth rotation is not constant and is unpredictable. This meant that the duration of a second had to be changed occasionally to maintain essential synchronization with Earth rotation.
Read MoreFeb 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.