They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
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The pandemic is no excuse to abandon chronic disease management and prevention
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CD review: Baba Brinkman, "The Rap Guide to Evolution: Revised"
Baba Brinkman"The Rap Guide to Evolution: Revised"Lit Fuse Records, 2011This is an album that is, in its way, one long argument (in 14 tracks) that the theory of evolution is a useful lens through which to make sense of our world and our lives...
Find All the Absurdities!
A little blast from the past to puzzle over while your head spins from chocolate overload this weekend.Two centuries before M.C. Escher confounded us with his optical illusions and play on perspective, William Hogarth (1697-1764) created Satire on False Perspective ...
The Chemistry of Easter Egg Dyeing
Happy Easter! Today, children across the world will be searching for colored eggs and goodies brought by the mysterious Easter bunny. Perhaps most of them won't be thinking too much about the chemistry of colored eggs, but undoubtedly some of us science geeks will be...
Beyond Ishtar: The Tradition of Eggs at Easter
Don't believe every meme you encounter.
Homosexuality in female beetles, and what we can learn from it
With the historic supreme court hearings this week, there has been much discussion about homosexuality*. One of the ‘arguments’ that you often hear from the anti-gay rights side is that being gay isn’t natural...
Can You Scaiku?
A couple weeks ago, I was reminded how much I enjoy the poetry format known as haiku. On a whim, I threw out a tweet soliciting #scaiku, science-themed haiku, to see what delights my tweeps would come up with...
On My Shelf: Blue Jeans-The Art of the Ordinary
Blue Jeans: The Art of the Ordinary | Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward | University of California Press | 184 pages | $24.95 (Paperback) I'm willing to bet you own at least one pair of jeans...
Ferroputty and Rare Earth Magnet Interaction Delights Thousands!
I love when I find a nerdy or scientific gif I can share on social media, because these capture people's attention right away and share a message or sentiment in a compact form that amuses, fascinates and delights!...
Win A VIP Trip To A NASA Visitor Center! Why Space Matters Video Contest
A new contest from the NASA Visitor Centers wants to fly you and your family to visit one of them (Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space Center Houston or the U.S.
March 30, 1759: The Four Layers of Earth
In a letter dated to March 30, 1759 the Italian mining engineer Giovanni Arduino (1714-1795) proposed to the physician and fossil collector Prof. Antonio Vallisnieri the subdivision of earth's crust in various classes of rocks.Based on his observations along the foothills of the Alps, Arduino recognized a stratigraphic column with 4 classes: unstratified or poorly stratified rocks (or " Primary Rocks ", survived into the 20th century as " Paleozoic "), stratified rocks (" Secondary Rocks ", or " Mesozoic "), more recent, as yet unconsolidated, sediments (" Tertiary Rocks ") and as own category volcanic rocks...
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