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Origins and Endings: Scientific American

By Nature Publishing Group

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Welcome to "Origins and Endings," a special edition of Scientific American. For our debut on the iPad we curated some of our favorite articles from two single-topic issues, "Origins" and "The End," and added interactive informational graphics that show how things work as well as slide shows, audio interviews with scientists and video supplements.

The app tells a compelling story: from the origins of the universe, of life on Earth and our early human ancestors through to what happens to our bodies after we die, the odds of an apocalypse, and the end of time. Our interactive feature "How Much Is Left?" demonstrates how long it will take before some of Earth's most crucial resources are depleted, whereas "The Future of Biotech and Agritech" offers smart suggestions for alternatives. Finally, in the app's Innovations section we explain how computing began long before the transistor and how that technology evolved into technologies today, including your iPad. We explain the origins of many everyday items and phenomena found in the kitchen, office and the fields of entertainment, transportation and medicine.

Download now for:
* 8 Feature articles from Scientific American enhanced with interactive informational graphics and multimedia supplements
* 2 Interactive features--"How Much Is Left" and "Laying Odds on the Apocalypse"
* 21 Audio supplements comprising interviews with authors as well as additional related content
* 11 Videos, including an introduction from Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina
* 9 "What Comes Next" stories from Scientific American's scientist Board of Advisers
* 65+ "Origins" stories, including the beginnings of light, chocolate, sex, money and much more

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Customer Reviews

Evolution is a slow process

I sent back the SA subscription card in the mail telling them I would rather wait for a digital subscription. I waited patiently for SA to come to my iPad. I see the SA app for $1.99 and I buy. The articles look really good. They even note the amazing iPad I'm reading it on. Then, after the first few pages, I see an ad to purchase a Scientific American subscription ... in print only. Meh. Surely the most sophisticated science publication in the world sees the irony. Oh, by the way, I'm getting old and can't see very well. I really enjoy my iPad's ability to make text larger and SA disabled that function. Evolution really IS a slow process.


If you like science, this is the app for you. Beautiful pictures, well written articles & graphics.

Is that all there is?

So this was a one-night e-stand. Then you only get 1 star.

Way to demonstrate how backward you are. Who would have expected that Scientific Am = Neo-Luddites?

No more Mr Nice eGuy: move your butts and get us a subscription option for the iPad. Popular Science can do it, but this is too difficult for Scientific Am? You should be ashamed.

Or is it that you like killing trees?

Origins and Endings: Scientific American
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  • $3.99
  • Category: News
  • Released: Dec 22, 2010
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 403 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Nature America Inc
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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