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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News of Kiera Wilmot’s arrest has seriously unnerved me. She is the Florida high school student who was experimenting with common household chemicals in science class that resulted in a minor explosion...
Video of the Week #90, May 1st, 2013: From: World's Smallest Stop Motion Movie Made with Atoms! by Joanne Manaster at PsiVid and IBM Movie Does Claymation-in Atomic Scale by Larry Greenemeier at Observations ...
It is in our nature to need rules. By enabling better social productivity rules beats no rules. We can clarify our biological rule dependence by analogy with language and tools.
A darling stop motion video was released yesterday and is already a big hit. IBM took the challenge of moving 5,000 atoms around in order to create a short stop motion video, capturing the images using a scanning tunneling microscope...
For most people, learning to read, write, add, or subtract seems straightforward and elementary. But as both a professor of special education and a scientist who studies learning in children with neurodevelopmental issues, I know that, acquiring these essential academic skills is indeed a complicated and effortful endeavor for some and that the problems they and their families experience are often just as complicated...
Can social science ever become as rigorous, as "hard," as, say, nuclear physics? I explored this question in a recent post, which I wrote in part as a response to The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable , by James Owen Weatherall...
The first day of the " Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations " was a great success - half a million people visited the official opening of the first World's Fair at Crystal Palace, a 20 acres large greenhouse located in Hyde Park of central London...
The following excerpt from Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books, 2013) by Ainissa Ramirez—a science evangelist, material scientist and one of Scientific American’s Google Science Fair judges—has been reproduced with permission from TED Books...
One of the world's rarest fish species just got a lot rarer. The latest twice-annual count of tiny Devils Hole pupfish ( Cyprinodon diabolis ) at their sole habitat in Nevada has revealed just 35 of the critically endangered fish remain, down from 75 this past fall...
The phenomenon of osmosis is familiar to most readers from their junior high school science class. A dialysis bag containing sugar is placed in beaker containing pure water.
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