Scientific American Magazine Vol 330 Issue 2

Scientific American

Volume 330, Issue 2

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The New Story of the Milky Way's Surprisingly Turbulent Past

The latest star maps are rewriting the story of our Milky Way, revealing a much more tumultuous history than astronomers suspected

Why Aren't We Made of Antimatter?

To understand why the universe is made of matter and not antimatter, physicists are looking for a tiny signal in the electron

Tiny Fossils Reveal Dinosaurs' Lost Worlds

Special assemblages of minuscule fossils bring dinosaur ecosystems to life

Sand Mafias Are Plundering the Earth

Organized crime is mining sand from rivers and coasts to feed demand worldwide, ruining ecosystems and communities. Can it be stopped?

Tomorrow's Quantum Computers Threaten Today's Secrets. Here's How to Protect Them

Researchers are racing to create codes so complex that even quantum computers can’t break them

Brains Are Not Required When It Comes to Thinking and Solving Problems--Simple Cells Can Do It

Tiny clumps of cells show basic cognitive abilities, and some animals can remember things after losing their head


Waiting to Cut the Cord Boosts Premature Babies' Survival
Even 'Twilight Zone' Coral Reefs Aren't Safe from Bleaching
Science News Briefs from around the World: February 2024
Bilingualism Is Reworking This Language's Rainbow
Bacteria Make Decisions Based on Generational Memories
Here's Why Infants Are Strangely Resistant to COVID
'Living Fossil' Lizards Are Constantly Evolving--You Just Can't See It
This Bat Uses Its Oversized Penis as an 'Arm' during Sex
Psychiatric Disorders Spike After Gun Violence
New Map Reveals Secrets of Io, the Solar System's Most Volcanic Moon
Elephantnose Fish 'Sees' by Doing an Electric Boogie
What This Graph of a Dinosaur Can Teach Us about Doing Better Science
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
February 2024: Science History from 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago
From the Editor
A Quantum Clock That Is Ticking Down, the Turbulent Milky Way and Dinosaur Lives
The Science Agenda
Hospice Providers Must Be Better Regulated
Puns, Pranks and Puerile Humor: Silly Stories about Serious Science
The Troubling Mysteries at the Heart of Nuclear Bombs
The Science of Health
A-fib--a Rapid, Irregular Heartbeat--Can Kill You, but New Tech Can Spot It
Readers Respond to the October 2023 Issue
Environmental Protection Does Not Kill Jobs
Graphic Science
Visualizing Climate Disasters' Surprising Cascading Effects
Poem: 'Midlife Calculus'
AI Causes Real Harm. Let's Focus on That over the End-of-Humanity Hype
Mind Matters
Learning to Accept Discomfort Could Help You Thrive
How Hot Is 'Pepper X'? Its Creator Spent 6 Hours Recovering from Eating It
The Universe
See JWST's Spectacular New View of the Crab Nebula