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Meteorology Since the 1960s

Katie L. BurkeApr 18, 2017

In this live video Q&A, Lance Bosart of University of Albany discusses how weather forecasts have progressed with the onset of new tools and ideas over the past few decades.

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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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News Flash: Science Has Always Been Political

Adam ShapiroFeb 21, 2017

The March for Science has reignited an old debate about the nature of objectivity and scientific authority.

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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 Social Organization of Innovative Scientific Groups

Katie L. BurkeMar 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.

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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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Oliver Sacks Remembered, in Books

Fenella SaundersSep 4, 2015

The noted neurologist preferred to write popular books over peer-reviewed papers, so a celebration of his life in books seems fitting.

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The Persistence of Memory: John Rosenthal’s Photographs of the Lower Ninth Ward

Dianne TimblinAug 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.

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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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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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A Tail of Two Moths

William E. ConnerJun 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.

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The Real Twilight Zone

Fenella SaundersMay 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.

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The Many Faces of Richard Feynman

Fenella SaundersMay 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.

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Thanks for the Mitochondria, Mom!

Katie L. BurkeMay 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!

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Describing Applicants in Gendered Language Might Influence Academic Science Hiring

Wendy M. Williams, Stephen J. CeciMay 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.

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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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Tuck In Your Kids with Science Bedtime Stories

Fenella SaundersMay 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!”

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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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Time to Save the Leap Second

David FinklemanFeb 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.

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