They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
Phil Anderson’s article “More Is Different” describes how different levels of complexity require new ways of thinking. And as the virus multiplies and spreads, that’s just what the human race desperately needs...
The pandemic is no excuse to abandon chronic disease management and prevention
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Cosmography of the Local Universe
Video of the Week #97, June 19th, 2013: From: Cosmic Cartography: Here Is Your (Local) Universe by Caleb A. Scharf at Life, Unbounded .
Bush-crow diaries: The African night
Finding colour-marked bush-crows and then racking up hours of observations is gruelling work under a full day of the African sun, particularly now that the ‘rainy’ season has subsided.
Introducing: Sedeer el-Showk
This is a series of Q&As with young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public...
Can Geography Shape the Way We Speak?
There's a pretty neat series of maps featured in Business Insider making the rounds on various social channels. They tell us about ourselves, showing how Americans speak differently from each other...
#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - new astronauts, glass fossils, marine protected areas, emotional intelligence, and more.
- Jag Bhalla - Game Theory And The Golden Punishment Rule - Scott Barry Kaufman - How Renaissance People Think - John R. Platt - Philippines Cancels Planned Burn of Confiscated Elephant Tusks after Clean-Air Groups Object - Alanna Waldman - Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Mexico - the Actam Chuleb Example - Kate Clancy - Why Has Canopy Meg Been Ousted? - Joanne Manaster - Decoding Annie Parker-A movie about the discovery of the BRCA1 gene - Glendon Mellow - Glass Fossils Inspire Molten Dreams - Melissa C...
Gathering Emotional Intelligence: My Review of Animal Wise
My review of Virginia Morell's latest book Animal Wise is in this summer's issue of Conservation Magazine , and is also now online. It was just after six o’clock in the evening on an autumn day in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve...
Game Theory And The Golden Punishment Rule
Moral sciences are back. Natural laws of ethics, envisioned early in the Enlightenment, can now be studied. Scientists are relearning the wisdom of old traditions by objectively rating their performance...
SiNode Systems Wins National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition
This month, the U.S. Department of Energy crowned the 2013 winner of its Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. The top spot went to SiNode Systems from Northwestern University, with its advanced anode technology...
New Astronauts Face Limited Opportunities for Spaceflight
NASA announced on Monday its 2013 class of astronaut candidates, but the current state of the agency’s human spaceflight program makes it hard to get excited about what lies ahead for these remarkable individuals.To mark the announcement, NASA hosted a Google Hangout on Air with several administrators and former astronauts. After sifting through more than 6,300 applications—the second-highest amount ever received—NASA chose four men and four women, and will train them “for missions to low Earth orbit, an asteroid and Mars,” according to a NASA press release.NASA’s human spaceflight program has gone through some recent downsizing...
Decoding Annie Parker-A movie about the discovery of the BRCA1 gene
I currently teach two online versions of a genomics course as a faculty lecturer at UIUC (one for undergraduates and one for certified teachers working on their Masters of Science Teaching Biology), and I love it when a topic I am teaching hits the news in a big way while the courses are in session.There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene, from Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy when she learned she had the BRCA1 mutation, which jumps her chances of getting breast cancer from 12 percent to 50-80 percent, to this week's US Supreme Court ruling that naturally occurring genes are not patentable...
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