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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My Mom reads my blog, so this is for her, so she knows my plans. Hi, Mom! ;-) A tentative schedule - things can always change.... This is ongoing - March 22-24th - "Reporting Across the Culture Wars: Engaging Media on Evolution", NESCent, Durham, NC (Facebook page, follow hashtag #evocomm on Twitter) On March 25th I will have shoulder surgery and will be off (and offline) through March 31st...
You have your genome or exome (the protein-encoding part) sequenced to help diagnose a puzzling set of symptoms, and something totally unrelated, and unexpected, turns up – a so-called “incidental finding.”Surprises, of course, aren’t new in medicine...
Lately I've been pondering the practice of responding to bad behavior by calling public attention to it.The most recent impetus for my thinking about it was this tech blogger's response to behavior that felt unwelcoming at a conference (behavior that seems, in fact, to have run afoul of that conference's official written policies)*, but there are plenty of other examples one might find of "naming and shaming": the discussion (on blogs and in other media outlets) of University of Chicago neuroscientist Dario Maestripieri's comments about female attendees of the Society for Neuroscience meeting, the Office of Research Integrity's posting of findings of scientific misconduct investigations, the occasional instructor who promises to publicly shame students who cheat in his class, and actually follows through on the promise...
First particle physicists discovered “a boring old Standard Model Higgs boson,” as my colleague Michael Moyer put it, meaning that the particle hewed closely to theoretical predictions and offered little in the way of guidance to new and exciting physics...
The Countdown, Episode 18 - Exoplanet Composition, Neighborhood Dwarves, Comet Pan-STARRS, Martian Love Boat, The Methuselah Star
[ The text below is a modified transcript of this video. ]5) Exoplanet CompositionScientists have determined the chemical composition of an exoplanet’s atmosphere--129 light years away...
In Barack Obama's State of the Union address, he intoned: " For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. … If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will." Now the president's science advisors, a group known as PCAST for President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, have offered some suggestions for what he can and should do about climate change—on his own...
I adored Twinkies as a kid, vastly preferring them to Ding-Dongs or SnowBalls, and my folks used to give me a box every Christmas. Jokes about eternal shelf life notwithstanding, I gobbled the spongy crème-filled cakes down greedily, naively confident that Twinkies would always be in stock for next Christmas.So even though I no longer gorge myself on Twinkies, I totally understood when the announcement late last year that Hostess was filing for bankruptcy gave rise to howls of anguish around the Internet over the prospect that many of the company’s tasty snacky-cakes would no longer be available to consumers – including Twinkies...
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, asking the question, bourbon or vodka? Which one tastes better isn't the question, the question is...which gives you the worst hangover?
A little shuteye refreshes.Right, but what does that really mean?Not talking here about leaping out of bed ready for a five-mile run upon awakening, but rather about what's happening at the level of individual brain cells deep inside your head.A new study by R...
Creative Commons Habits Are Hard to BreakCreative Commons Licences are Good Things, in my estimation. I've had one on my personal art blog The Flying Trilobite since almost the very beginning.There are different grades of Creative Commons Licences (CCL), and like many artists, I've stuck with the most restrictive one...
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