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...
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Imperiled giant pandas need replanted bamboo forests in order to reconnect
Giant panda habitats are too fragmented and need to be reconnected in order for the endangered animals to maintain their genetic diversity, a new study shows.
Frans de Waal on the human primate: Make love, not war
Editor's Note: This post is the last in a four-part series of essays for Scientific America n by primatologist Frans de Waal on human nature, based on his ongoing research.
Island hoping: Japan breeding program aims to save rare albatross
About 2,700 short-tailed albatrosses ( Phoebastria albatrus ) currently fly over the Pacific Ocean. The largest seabird in that area of the world, the short-tailed albatross almost went extinct 100 years ago after the birds were overhunted for their feathers...
When should a scientist's data be liberated for all to see?
When researchers make an exciting discovery, the data behind it are often closely guarded until they can be examined, developed and then revealed—at least in part—in a peer-reviewed journal with all of the proverbial fanfare...
Frans de Waal on the human primate: Strength is weakness
Editor's Note: This post is the third in a four-part series of essays for Scientific America n by primatologist Frans de Waal on human nature, based on his ongoing research.
Fire hydrant hydration: How to cool off responsibly
When a summer heat wave engulfs New York City, people seek the soothing embrace of water in whatever way they can: they swarm the neighborhood swimming pool; they visit the beach at Coney Island; they take multiple showers...
Radar holography could offer a safer, more effective approach to finding land mines
The process of removing land mines from a current or former war zone is a dangerous, time-intensive and expensive proposition thanks largely to antiquated technology and methods of detection and extraction...
The warm, fuzzy side of climate change: Heftier marmots
While polar bears flounder in the face of shrinking ice floes, another furry creature has gotten a boost from climate change. In the past three decades yellow-bellied marmots ( Marmota flaviventris ) have been fruitful—and multiplied—thanks to longer summers, according to a new study...
Frans de Waal on the human primate: Is it "behavioral sink" or resource distribution?
Editor's Note: This post is the second in a four-part series of essays for Scientific America n by primatologist Frans de Waal on human nature, based on his ongoing research.
The scent of death? Newly discovered natural chemicals make mosquitoes bug out
A lot of communication in the animal world occurs via volatile, information-carrying "scent" chemicals, many of which remain to be chemically identified.
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