Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our. Scientific American March Science Agenda: Ready. Aim. Investigate (p. 10). We don't need to ban all guns to reduce gun-related deaths. Scientific American (ISSN ), Volume , Number 3, March , published monthly by Scientific American, a division of Nature.
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If a woman conceives a boy, she can end up with male cells in her brain. After blending 30 odors, researchers dubbed their new nondescript scent "olfactory white," akin to white light and white noise.
Humans are innately good at deducing what someone else is thinking. A single location in the brain, the right temporoparietal junction, tucked behind the right ear, is where this reasoning is centered.
Fluoxetine, the active ingredient in Prozac, can scientific american march 2013 up in waterways. What Is Your Question? Research has suggested that the skill that distinguishes young adults from children is not the ability to retain facts or apply prior knowledge but instead is a cultivated ability to ask questions.
Bartels argues scientific american march 2013 schools rarely value the skill of asking good questions. He notes that when it comes to teaching people to ask questions, informal science education encourages good practice.
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For example, many science centers and museums are specially designed environments for teaching critical thinking skills, perhaps more effectively than schools because informal learning environments tolerate failure better than schools. People must acquire this skill because society depends on being able to make critical decisions in relation to science and technology, whether it is about their own experimental medical treatment or what to do scientific american march 2013 global energy needs and demands.
Yet Bartels concludes that critical thinking may best be cultivated outside the classroom. New Threat from Poxviruses p.
Yet since its eradication inscientific american march 2013 have been no routine vaccination schemes, and the loss of immunity has allowed cases of these related diseases to climb steadily. For instance, a strain of the monkeypox virus found in the Congo Basin in Africa kills about 10 percent of the people it infects, and there are fears that natural mutations could cause the virus to become even more contagious.
Further, the number of cowpox cases in Europe is increasing, especially scientific american march 2013 people with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and people living with HIV.
No one is suggesting the campaign to eradicate smallpox was a mistake.
Nevertheless, to address emerging concern about other poxviruses, Shah writes, public health officials need to vigilantly monitor of the spread of poxvirus cases scientific american march 2013 humans and animal hosts.
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