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On the Origin of Darwin

On this 210th anniversary of Darwin's birth, we hear evolution writer and historian Richard Milner ... Matthew Chapman read excerpts from the Origin of Species. Welcome to Scientific American’s Scienc... read more

Black History: Writers Who Paved the Path

In February, we celebrate African-American History Month. Some of the world’s richest ... Octavia Butler was one of the only science fiction writers in the field and one of the few black ones during h... read more

Viewpoint: Science unlocks the true history of Earth

Both Viewpoint and Voice of the People submissions are subject to editing. All submissions must include the writer's full name, which will be printed. Letters, including e-mail, which do not include t... read more

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How 18th-Century Writers Created the Genre of Popular Science

“A lot of the popular science stuff is more specialized,” Flynn says, meaning writers would choose to focus on either natural history or chemistry, physics or botany. “Voltaire is a bad example becaus... read more


The Strange History of Real-World Laser Weapons: Q&A with Author Jeff Hecht

In his latest book, "Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon," (Prometheus Books, 2019), released Jan. 8, Jeff Hecht, an award-winning veteran science writer, details t... read more

On the Job: A Look at the Origins, Current State, and Future of STEM

engineering students taking technical writing classes; or undergraduate and graduate students preparing to become chemists, doctors, food scientists, or geologists? Answer: They all come under the aeg... read more

New research sheds fresh light on the history of malaria

The anopheline mosquitoes that carry malaria were present 100 million years ago, new research shows, potentially shedding fresh light on the history of a disease that ... of Oregon State University's ... read more

The End of the Story

It then went on to become the most widely read story in New York’s 50-plus-year history, a distinction it still holds today. As the editor of the science ... this problem by writing a piece ... read more

Top 100 Most-Cited Clinical Studies of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: The Foundation of Practice

In this review, the authors aimed to identify the top 100 most-cited studies ... On February 24, 2017, the Thomson Reuters Institute for Scientific Information Web of Science database was searched usi... read more

Brookline Village library focuses on the contemporary for Black History Month

a science fiction sub-genre that combines advanced technology with African mythology and culture. Librarians decided to focus on Afrofuturist authors in part as a response to the Association for the S... read more

The secret history of science fiction's women writers: The Future is Female!

Eminent science fiction scholar Lisa Yaszek (Georgia Tech Professor of Science Fiction in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication) has edited "The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Ficti... read more

The history of science shows how to change the minds of science deniers

A new book aims to transform that perception, turning it into a tale the whole world is writing together—a fable involving ... He believes that by understanding the history of science, we can “keep th... read more



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