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You Don’t Have to Start Young to Be a Great Musician

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began his musical training at the tender age of three. By age five, he had already composed his first piece of music. As a child, he mastered…

COVID, Quickly, Episode 7: The Coming Pandemic Grief Wave, and Mask Whiplash

Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series: COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the essential developments in the pandemic: from vaccines…

‘Whitest White’ Paint Beats the Heat

The blackest black paint has absorbed 99.9 percent of public attention for far too long. Now the time has come to shed some light on the other end of the…

Stone Age South Africans built huge rock funnels to trap animals

By Michael Marshall A site near Keimoes, South Africa, where Stone Age rock walls were found Professor Marlize Lombard Stone Age hunters living in what is now South Africa built…

Family Caregivers Feel the Pandemic’s Weight

Other caregivers ran into trouble accessing health care, either for themselves or their loved ones. Ora Larson, 82, was scheduled for back surgery in the spring of 2020 in St.…

Some bird embryos know to hide from predators even inside their eggs

By Jake Buehler A newly hatched masked lapwing chick K. N. Kostoglou The world is a dangerous place for young birds, but it seems that even as embryos, some can…

Even Amid a Pandemic, More Than 40 Million People Fled Their Homes

Storms, floods, wildfires — and to a lesser degree, conflict — uprooted 40.5 million people around the world in 2020. It was the largest number in more than a decade,…

Biden Tells Officials to Prepare for Climate Change’s Impact on Economy

Randal K. Quarles, the Fed’s vice chair for bank supervision and regulation, was asked about the critique while testifying before House lawmakers on Wednesday. Mr. Quarles defended the Fed’s attention…

World’s largest iceberg just broke off an Antarctic ice shelf

An enormous chunk of ice bigger than Rhode Island has broken off an Antarctic ice shelf, according to the European Space Agency. The floating mass covers more than 1,600 square…

Iceberg Splits From Antarctica, Becoming World’s Largest

The largest iceberg on record, B15, broke off from the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000 measuring more than 4,200 square miles (11,000 square kilometers). Despite being more than twice…