Scientific American Magazine Vol 323 Issue 6

Scientific American

Volume 323, Issue 6

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Hand Transplants Demonstrate the Nervous System's Amazing Adaptability

A radical procedure restores touch and grasping in former amputees

World's Largest Fusion Reactor Begins Assembly

World's Largest Fusion Reactor Begins Assembly

The pieces are finally coming together on the long-delayed ITER experiment to create nuclear fusion

Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2020

Experts highlight advances with the potential to revolutionize industry, health care and society

Strange Supernovae Upend Expectations

Strange Supernovae Upend Expectations

Most stars die in fairly predictable ways, but astronomers have discovered a growing catalog of unusual stellar deaths that challenge the traditional picture

Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It

Understanding how algorithm manipulators exploit our cognitive vulnerabilities empowers us to fight back

Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us

Experts are figuring out how to exploit the 380 trillion viruses that make up the human virome


Readers Respond to the August 2020 Issue
The Grim Politics of Ebola, a Theory of Time, and Racism and Organ Transplants
In Case You Missed It
Chernobyl 'Exclusion Zone' Radiation Doses Reanalyzed
Ultracold Molecule Mystery Solved
See Fast Radio Bursts Come of Age
DNA Finds Pollutants in Green-Glowing Water Test
Electricity-Carrying Bacteria Lead to New Applications--and New Questions
Rotating Sails Help to Revive Wind-Powered Shipping
Earthquake Sounds Could Reveal How Quickly the Ocean Is Warming
Vicious Woodpecker Battles Draw an Avian Audience
From the Editor
Sharing the Human Side of Science
Anti Gravity
Acknowledging Reality Is an Excellent Way to Function within It
To Understand How Science Denial Works, Look to History
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: December 2020
Poem: Staring at Nothing
The Science of Health
The Surprising Mental Toll of COVID
The Science Agenda
Take Racism Out of Medical Algorithms
Graphic Science
COVID Pandemic Reduces Seismic Noise
An Ambitious Strategy to Preserve Biodiversity