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The authoritative source for the science discoveries and technology innovations that matter

Scientific American is the authority on science and technology for a general audience, with coverage that explains how research changes our understanding of the world and shapes our lives. First published in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US. The magazine has published articles by more than 150 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and built a loyal following of influential and forward thinking readers. 

With daily coverage in digital media, 12 issues per year of Scientific American, 6 digital issues of Scientific American Mind and more than 170 years of archives, the magazine continues to be the leading source for business and policy leaders, education professionals and science enthusiasts of all kinds.

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How Diversity Works  

by Katherine W. Phillips on how being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working. 

When Facts Backfire 

by Michael Shermer on why worldview threats undermine evidence. 

Novel Math  

by Mark Fischetti on how great literature is surprisingly arithmetic. 

Go Public or Perish a Science 

Agenda article on the impact on society when scientists are discouraged from speaking out


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Scientific American Mind


Scientific American Mind focuses on the science of what makes humans, “human”. Expert authors cover a variety of topics, including articles on behavior and pain management, how genetics affects our everyday lives, whether multitasking saves time, and the latest findings on ADHD, depression and stress.

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