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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As foreclosed houses lay dormant and owners of occupied homes pinch pennies, a growing number of swimming pools are turning a “greenish-brown hue,” reports the Chicago Tribune today...
Microsoft and Yahoo today announced that, after months of courting and coyness, the two companies will join forces in the Web search arena to challenge Google's dominance.
Psychologists are up in arms about the posting of the 10 original Rorschach tests on Wikipedia . As detailed in today's New York Times , many of them fear that the easy availability of the inkblots could undermine their usefulness in assessing personality and mental illness...
Several automakers have recently come to agree that their high-end vehicles should include a warning system to keep drivers from falling asleep, a problem that causes at least 100,000 crashes annually, according to the U.S...
After four years of debate, an international team of scientists from 25 institutions has agreed to a good—but not great—standard plant DNA bar code.
The mood of cyberspace has been probed by researchers who have found that Election Day, Nov. 4, 2008, was the happiest day in the past four years among 2.3 million bloggers, while the day Michael Jackson died was one of their unhappiest...
Many doctors have a hard time owning up to errors, in part due to fears of being sued over malpractice claims and the consequent increase in malpractice insurance premiums.
The time is ripe for a masterful documentary that weaves a riveting yarn from the collapse of the world’s fisheries and Japan’s heartless pursuit of the ocean’s last great bounty from bluefin tuna to blue whales...
British crayfish get a "safe haven" from American invaders and a fungus that eats them from the inside out
Looking for crayfish in Britain? Look hard. Almost 95 percent of British crayfish have been wiped out in the last 20 years. Now some of the few remaining crustaceans are going into hiding in a desperate, last-gasp chance to save their species from extinction.Like so many problems around the world, this one can be placed squarely on the heads of Americans—although in this case, we're talking about American signal crayfish ( Pacifastacus leniusculus )...
Many of the nation’s nuclear power plants don’t have enough cash set aside to close down safely, according to a wire report late last week.
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