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  • Designing the Urban Futureby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2014; US$ 5.99

    We expect a lot from our technology. More and more products are created not only to perform multiple complex functions, but also to react to stimuli, patterns and information in a way that solves problems. Cars are being designed with systems that can detect a collision and automatically apply the brakes. Nest?s thermostat learns your schedule and... 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.I. and Genius Machinesby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2013; US$ 3.99

    In science fiction, artificial intelligence takes the shape of computers that can speak like people, think for themselves, and sometimes act against us. Sometimes the machines seem to know everything, and symbolize implacable and unknowable power, as in The Matrix. Such machines can also embody the limits of logic, and by extension our own powers... more...

  • Cyber Hackingby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2013; US$ 3.99

    Cyberspace has certainly transformed the world. From media and communications to banking, an increasing number of daily activities is performed online. We are living digital lifestyles. While this transformation has opened up exciting new frontiers, it also opens the door to security threats undreamed of in previous generations. In this eBook, we... more...

  • Disarming Cupidby Scientific American Editors

    Scientific American 2013; US$ 3.99

    Sometimes All You Need Is Love; sometimes Love Is a Battlefield. Whether Love Hurts, Bites, Will Keep Us Together, Will Tear Us Apart or Is a Four-Letter Word, it seems we Want To Know What Love Is. Love ? in both the abstract and the up-close-and-personal ? has always provided limitless inspiration for artists, writers and musicians, but scientists... more...