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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Medicaid Decision Could Further Fragment Health Care
If I had to sum up everything that is wrong with the US health care system in one-word sound bites, I would start with "fragmentation." There are just too many ways for patients to fall through the cracks.* Last week's ruling by the Supreme Court upholding the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not directly address this problem—nor was it meant to...
Amniotic Fluid + Valproic Acid = New Source of Human Stem Cells
I’ve written about human stem cells from all sorts of sources, from human embryos circa 1997 (“Embryonic Stem Cells Debut Amid Little Media Attention,” The Scientist, too ancient for a link), to old people’s teeth...
#SciAmBlogs Monday - obesity drugs, stress and depression, Tunguska Event, health care reform, Prometheus, Wollemi pine, Higgs and more.
- Judy Stone - A Glut of Obesity Drugs? - Scicurious - Stress and Depression and…Neuritin? - David Bressan - June 30, 1908: The Tunguska Event - Ilana Yurkiewicz - Thinking through health care reform: a compilation of diverse perspectives - Scott Huler - Get Used to It - Robynne Boyd - Heat Waves and Water Use Go Hand-in-Hand - Ferris Jabr - A Contemplation of Chattering Minds - Daniel Grushkin and Wythe Marschall - The Life Engineers: Prometheus asks, is a culture as stupid as ours ready to create new life? - Jennifer Frazer - The Lost Valley of the Wollemi Pine - Christie Wilcox - Social Media for Scientists Part 6: The Wiki - Krystal D'Costa - Talking With Our Hands: The Significance of Gestures - George Musser - What Is the Higgs Boson?...
Thinking through health care reform: a compilation of diverse perspectives
When it comes to health care, people can have very strong opinions. Conversations can get heated and personal. Understandably so; we are talking about something that directly and inevitably affects us, our families, and all Americans...
New research center in Madagascar opens today
Today, renowned primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright, and the Prime Minister and the Minister of Higher Education of Madagascar will unveil and open NamanaBe Hall (which translates as Friendship Hall) - a new research, arts and community outreach building in Ranomafana, Madagascar.The 1,440 square meter building is as 'green' as can be - built out of local materials (locally-sourced granite, brick, and eucalyptus flooring), with work by local artisans and craftsmen, it has gardens and solar panels on the roof, gray water recycling, solar hot water, natural cooling, and enhanced use of daylight...
A Glut of Obesity Drugs?
On June 27, the FDA approved the first new weight-loss drug in 13 years, Arena’s lorcaserin (Belviq). The track record for anti-obesity drugs has not been very good—each has been withdrawn from the market, after approval, due to safety concerns...
Open Laboratory 2013 - submissions so far
It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries...
Heat Waves and Water Use Go Hand-in-Hand
With excessive heat spreading across the country, people are seeking relief by retreating indoors, turning up the AC, and staying well hydrated. In many parts of the country, particularly the Southeast and Southwest, the heat is exacerbated by ongoing drought, which means water is on everyone's mind and is being used at increased rates.It's common during extended periods of hot and dry weather, like we're experiencing now, for water use to increase, emailed Nancy Barber, Hydrologist with USGS Georgia Water Science Center.Most noticeable, explained Barber, is the increased demand for electricity for air conditioning, which means more water use at thermoelectric power plants – an amount that's already high...
#SciAmBlogs Friday - guide to conferences, chimp infanticide, psychopathy, exoplanets, picky eaters, and more.
Back from travel, so catching up, with some delay, on posting the new Video of the Week.- James Fallon - Taming the Psychopath Within - Pete Etchells - The PhD’s guide to academic conferences - Jason G...
The Scienceblogging Weekly (June 29th, 2012)
Blog of the Week: This week's choice was easy - March of the Fossil Penguins, written by Dr. Daniel Ksepka. What is there not to like?
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