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 son Benjamin once got honorable mention for his science project, which consisted of going to a firing range and seeing whether silk is really bulletproof, as it's sometimes purported to be...
I'm immensely relieved by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as reported here. The ruling represents a crucial step toward fixing my country's dysfunctional health care system...
This post first appeared on my old blog on March 16, 2011. I'm writing a post tomorrow relevant to this topic so thought I would re-post it today, to have it fresh in my reader's minds.
As a journalist and a health advocate, I have a professional interest in health care reform. But as the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act this week, I had a personal interest as well...
If you look at our recent GPS trajectory, you might think our navigator is, well, under the influence.But actually, our course is a planned path between 3 specific spots:Da Base: Our home base for the past few days.Da Hole: A location slightly south of Da Base, where the satellites showed chlorophyll levels looking a little low.Da Hump: A spot slightly north of Da Base, where the satellites indicated chlorophyll levels were a little higher than the surrounding areas.So we started at Da Base, went down to Da Hole, back to Da Base, up to Da Hump, back to Da Base, down to Da Hole, back to Da Base, and now we're heading back to Da Hump...
The Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla , only eats ants and termites, as its name suggests. Since the giant anteater and its evolutionary ancestors have been feasting on ants and termites for nearly 60 million years, a researcher named Kent Redford hypothesized that, over time, ants and termites may have evolved various defenses to avoid predation...
Here in the incubator, there are hatchlings, who are currently learning the trade of science journalism in college or through internships; fledglings, who are beginning their own careers; eggs, who are just starting to experiment with science communication...
I was a bit amused when I read a press release headline this week: "Scientists struggle with mathematical details." I expected the story to be about occasions when scientists had misunderstood, misinterpreted, or misapplied mathematical formulas in their published research, but instead the study in the June 25 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that research papers with lots of mathematical details are cited by other scholars less often than papers with fewer...
In 1845, New York City saw the establishment of its first ever police department. It’s hard to imagine how the city had managed to survive—and thrive—without one – and harder still to think how it would have continued to do so after the influx of Irish immigrants from the Great Famine...
Last year, our principal posed this question to our faculty: “Can we be rendered obsolete by online learning?”The Khan Academy was receiving widespread attention for propagating the idea of an online learning experience for younger students...
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