In primate societies, whether human or nonhuman, a leader who's a bloated, self-serving egotist creates mayhem and confusion
We harm and kill vastly more of them than they do of us—but a research/educational project in the Bahamas aims to help change that
We won’t get science-based policies unless our political system permits them
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In the last post, we talked about objectivity as a scientific ideal aimed at building a reliable picture of what the world is actually like . We also noted that this goal travels closely with the notion of objectivity as what anyone applying the appropriate methodology could see .
The very concept of risk is tricky. To you and me, it means pretty much what the dictionary says…the probability that something bad might happen. And to us, the part of that definition that most influences how worried a risk makes us feel is the subjective ‘bad’ part, more than the objectively quantifiable likelihood.
Wonder and amazement at the natural world inspire many blog posts, projects, and even careers in science, but it's rare that you'll see wonder break through the soul-crushing passive voice of the scientific literature.
A four-coloring of most of Europe. The 4-color theorem is fairly famous in mathematics for a couple of reasons. First, it is easy to understand: any reasonable map on a plane or a sphere (in other words, any map of our world) can be colored in with four distinct colors, so that no two neighboring countries share a color.Second, computers were instrumental in the proof of the four-color theorem.
From a personal essay about interacting with people who have auditory hallucinations, to mosquito males mating with females from other species. Plus “neurosexism,” the possibility of maths killing computers and Spider-Man.
I posted only 4 times in February!!! That is, on A Blog Around The Clock only (not counting the posts on The Network Central, The SA Incubator, Video of the Week, Image of the Week, or editing Guest Blog and Expeditions).
he back side of the Magdalena document shows translations for numbers from Spanish to a lost language. Photo by Jeffrey Quilter Note: This article originally appeared on AiP on December 13, 2010.
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - citizen science, Flame Challenge, drone journalism, birth of a volcano, complex brains, and more.
Folio Magazine had a nice article earlier today about Scientific American website, blogs, digital subscriptions, mobile offers, and social media - check it out: Scientific American Sees Digital Boom.Last day of the month?
Last week, the Obama administration issued a directive declaring that scientists have to share the results of their taxpayer funded research. I was happy to hear this, as I have always been a big advocate of sharing (well, my little sister might disagree with the "always" part, but you know what i mean).
Have you ever watched "Mean Girls"? It's one of the movies before Lindsey Lohan really began to let her career slip. She plays Cady, a smart girl, homeschooled by her parents as they lived in Africa until her high school years, where, desperate to fit in AND to "get the guy", she dumbs down her math ability.
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