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  • The Science of Sports: Winning in the Olympicsby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    The Olympics are the world's most prestigious stage for athletic competition. Fans both casual and hardcore tune in religiously every few years to watch as men and women push themselves to the limits of human performance. But what makes a champion? Is it genetics? Hours of training? A psychological advantage? Of all the athletes who dedicate their... more...

  • HIV and AIDSby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    On June 5, 1981, the scientific community received a wake-up call from the CDC regarding a terrible and mysterious new illness that caused immune system failure. A year passed before it had a name: AIDS. Reported infections skyrocketed while science raced to understand a virus that hid among our own cells and mutated quickly. Three decades later,... more...

  • The Higgs Bosonby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    As the old adage goes, where there?s smoke, there?s fire. Where there is effect, there must be cause. The planet Neptune was found in 1846 because the mathematics of Newton's laws, when applied to the orbit of Uranus, said some massive body had to be there. Astronomers eventually found it, using the best telescopes available to peer into the sky.... more...

  • The Science of Educationby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    Pell Grants, charter schools, home schooling, SATs, report cards, and yes, even permanent records. The language of education is familiar to most everyone, but the science of education is much more elusive. Educators, academics and scientists have struggled with issues like how to make learning approachable yet challenging, what to include in the... more...

  • Battling Droughtby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    The extreme drought in the US Southwest has brought the issues of water use and management to the forefront of media attention. Historically, arguments over water rights have plagued this area since the days of John Wesley Powell, and disputes mark the relations between states, city-dwellers, farmers, and environmentalists to this day. Add to that... more...

  • Playing Politicsby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    Politics makes strange bedfellows, and that becomes even more apparent when trying to analyze the science of politics. Pulling from an array of disciplines including social science, behavioral science and mathematics, Scientific American does just that in this timely eBook, Playing Politics: The Science of Elections. This anthology offers analyses... more...

  • Storm Warnings: Climate Change and Extreme Weatherby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    Hurricanes. Blizzards. Flooding. Drought. If extreme events like these seem to be on the rise, it?s for apparent reason. The first three-quarters of 2012 brought the worst European winter in 25 years; massive flooding in Australia, Brazil and China; a deepening drought affecting over 50% of the US; and Hurricane Sandy inflicted massive damage on the... more...

  • A Question of Timeby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    ?What time is it?? That simple question is probably asked more often in contemporary society than ever before. In our clock-studded world, the answer is never more than a glance away, and so we can blissfully partition our days into ever smaller increments for ever more tightly scheduled tasks. Modern scientific revelations about time, however, make... more...

  • Lights Outby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    Traditionally, the four horsemen of the apocalypse are war, famine, plague and death; but while classical authors were familiar with only four horsemen, modern ones could add events such as environmental devastation and nearby supernovas. In this eBook we look at several "end of the world" scenarios ? or at least, things that could make human life... more...

  • A Look Backby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2012; US$ 3.99

    It?s hard to believe 2012 is coming to a close. Lucky for us, this year has seen some amazing science, and in this eBook, we?ve compiled Scientific American?s best stories of 2012 with an eye on content, authorship and news value. Section One kicks off with the award-winners. This year, Scientific American editors received awards from the National... more...