Scientific American Magazine Vol 326 Issue 2

Scientific American

Volume 326, Issue 2

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Rockshelter Discoveries Show Neandertals Were a Lot like Us

Our much maligned cousins made sophisticated ornaments and probably had language

Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies

Although children are prime targets, educators cannot figure out how best to teach them to separate fact from fiction

A Psychedelic May Soon Go to the FDA for Approval to Treat Trauma

MDMA, known as Ecstasy in the clubs, gained high marks in a clinical trial for PTSD

Junk DNA Deforms Salamander Bodies

Yet the unfit creatures survive, challenging our long-held view of evolution

What Is Spacetime Really Made Of?

Spacetime may emerge from a more fundamental reality. Figuring out how could unlock the most urgent goal in physics—a quantum theory of gravity

People Who Jump to Conclusions Show Other Kinds of Thinking Errors

Belief in conspiracy theories and overconfidence are two tendencies linked to hasty thinking

How Immunocompromised People without Strong Vaccine Protection Are Coping with COVID

People with diseases or treatments that suppress their immune system cannot count on the same protection most vaccinated people have


In Case You Missed It
Honeybees Social Distance to Prevent Disease, Too
Desert Plants' Adaptations Help Them Thrive
Track New Zealand's Bid to Take Back Nature
Holographic Camera Instantly Peeks around Obstacles
Arctic Krill Track Day and Night Even in Polar Darkness
How the Brain Curbs Overeating
Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with New Algorithm
Rubbing Up against Sharks May Feel Good despite the Danger
Albatross 'Divorce' Rate Rises as the Ocean Warms
Gel-Based Sensor Continuously Monitors Wounds for Infection
From the Editor
Big Questions about Space, Time, Neandertals, Psychedelics and Reality
Readers Respond to the October 2021 Issue
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: February 2022
Poem: 'Elective Affinities: Ghazal of the Muon'
New Nuclear Power Plants Are Unlikely to Stop the Climate Crisis
The Science of Health
A Faster Way to Find Good Medical Treatments Is Gaining Ground
A Reverse Journey through Geologic Time, a Tale of Wild Horses and Interspecies Kinship, and More
The Science Agenda
Teaching about Racism Is Essential for Education
Graphic Science
How Climate Change Will Hit Younger Generations
The Right to Repair Should be Protected by Law