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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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released results of its second round of toxicity testing on dispersants—chemicals used to break up the oil that spewed for nearly 90 days into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Macondo well...
Inception is an absurdly complicated, clattering contraption of a movie that impresses only in a mechanical, Rube Goldberg–ish way. My intellect had to work so hard to figure out what was happening that my emotions never got engaged...
When a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile on February 27, residents and seismologists knew it was a big one. But a new analysis reaffirms just how massive it was.
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from The Fate of Nature by Charles Wohlforth, published on June 8 by St. Martins Press. The Fate of Nature considers the burgeoning science of human nature and behavior, using Alaska as a starting point to explore our capacity to save the planet from environmental decline...
Few animals can live totally in the dark, and penguins are no exception. But new research shows that climate change could soon rob Adélie penguins ( Pygoscelis adeliae ) of the sunlight they need to survive, and that could drive them into extinction.The problem comes from melting sea ice, according to the report in the July 2010 issue of Ecology ...
Without modern sanitation, life would be nightmarish—human and animal waste would fester on the streets along with garbage and food scraps, producing a stench so foul that you'd want to keep your windows closed even in the sweltering heat of summer (for the moment, envision lacking the luxury of air conditioning)...
Editor's Note: Haley Smith Kingsland is an Earth systems master's student at Stanford University specializing in science communication. For five weeks she's in the land of no sunsets participating in ICESCAPE, a NASA-sponsored research cruise to investigate the effects of climate change on the Chukchi and Bering seas...
Obama's choice for warrior in chief, Gen. James Mattis, calls Iraq invasion "the dumbest thing we ever did"
James N. Mattis is the four-star Marine general whom Barack Obama just nominated to head the U.S. Central Command, with oversight of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Where did the Australian dingo go? Once present throughout that country, the feared predator ( Canis lupus dingo ) in its current form is on its way to extinction as it is either killed or breeds and hybridizes with domesticated dogs...
The life-giving sun can be quite rough on genetic material. Most organisms, including plants and many animals, are equipped with a special enzyme in their cells that is quick to repair DNA damage wrought by the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays...
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