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This marks the 500th post in the history of The Thoughtful Animal! To mark the occasion, I thought I'd revise and repost the post that started it all.
Are you a war pessimist? Odds are you are. For almost a decade now, I've been asking people if they think war will ever end. I've surveyed thousands of people, young and old, liberal and conservative, hawks and doves, male and female...
This article is the fifth (see the first, second, third and fourth articles here) in a miniseries of six articles that will be posted over six days about civilization, fungus, and alcohol...
Octopuses are purportedly colorblind, but they can discern one thing that we can't: polarized light. This extra visual realm might give them a leg (er, arm) up on some of the competition.And a team of researchers has created a new way to test just how sensitive cephalopods are to this type of light...
This past week I was delighted to stumble upon the youtube channel of Westerville South High School in Westerville, Ohio. Their videos are all about mathematics, and they are clearly a collaborative effort between the students and the teachers...
On March 1, 1962, thousands of people lined New York City’s Broadway. Some climbed into an unfinished building to use it as a makeshift grandstand.
There's been a lot of talk recently about how antidepressants are not particularly effective. Either most people don't respond, or when they DO respond, it's placebo, or the side effects are too much...
One of our regular spots when my shooting partner and I head out to take photos is the Rodeo Drive area of Beverly Hills. If nothing else, the window displays usually give us lots of variety and interesting lighting to work with...
Consider microstock giant iStockphoto's perception of scientists:What is singularly disturbing about this result is that iStockphoto's top search results aren't determined by the company...
More than a year ago a wave of uprisings and insurrections in the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya inspired a cartoon (still visible on the geology blog " Pawn of the Pumice Castle ") comparing the rage of the people with a sort of magma chamber ready to erupt.The use of natural forces as metaphor has a long tradition, especially phenomena as fire, floods or storms were often associated with negative historic events like war, invasions or plagues.During the 18th century the European revolutions against aristocracy and monarchy, especially the French revolution of 1789-1799, changed this negative to a positive view...
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