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...
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Frankincense—that aromatic staple of the original Christmas story—could soon be "doomed" to near-extinction, according to research published December 21 in the Journal of Applied Ecology .Frankincense is an aromatic resin used in perfumes and incense...
One Sunday morning, while reading Dennis Overbye’s Lonely Heart of the Cosmos , it occurred to me: a Christmas tree is shaped just like CERN’s diagram of the evolution of the universe.
The Sun rising above the Arctic plain (H. D. Nygren, NOAA Corps.) As our spinning globe of rock and metal tracks its steady path around the Sun, we find ourselves crossing once again through the winter solstice, the point at which Earth's northern pole is pointed as far from our fierce stellar parent as it can be (this year at a coordinated universal time of 5.30 am on December the 22nd, almost the same as 5.30 am Greenwich Mean Time)...
As I was editing David Stipp's article " A New Path to Longevity " for the January 2012 issue of Scientific American, Stipp told me about some intriguing research into unusually long-lived mammals...
A Twitter exchange recently revealed that certain members of the small subset of science writers who were humanities majors, also have a shared taste for classic mysteries.
Some great stuff on the blogs today:- Mariette DiChristina - A Busy 2011 at Scientific American - Eric Michael Johnson - Probing the Passions of Science: An Interview with Carl Zimmer on the Art of Science Writing and Probing the Passions of Science: Carl Zimmer Delves Beneath the Surface of Science Writing - Stephen Di Cerbo - Ichthyology Meets Printmaking - Melissa C...
Ecological twins across the northern & southern hemispheres:
Cigarette maker Philip Morris spent years studying whether additives, such as menthol, added to the toxicity of their smokes. And several published studies—conducted by the company—have claimed that the additives had no impact on the danger of their products...
When I wrote my end-of-the-year update for staff, Bora Zivkovic, our chief blogs editor, reminded me that others are also interested in the goings on at Scientific American .
Scientists have captured video images of a wild pygmy hippopotamus ( Choeropsis liberiensis ), a rare and elusive nocturnal species that has rarely been observed in its natural habitat in Liberia.Western scientists and zookeepers have been aware of the pygmy hippopotamus for more than a century, and the species breeds well in captivity, but very little is known about its behavior in its native forest habitats.The brief video, which you can see below, shows just a few fleeting seconds of a pygmy hippo as it slips between the underbrush in Liberia's Sapo National Park...
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