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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Genes Cannot Be Made from Scratch
According to the New York Times, synthetic biology is creating DNA out of thin air. A recent article about synthetic biology and consumer goods describes DNA synthesis as a process where “DNA is created on computers and inserted into organisms.” Computers are pretty cool and really useful in synthetic biology labs, but it takes a [...]..
Verizon Ad Warns Parents Not to Squelch Daughters' Interest in Science
At a time when we are still seeing subtle and not-so-subtle opposition to fostering young girls’ interest in STEM disciplines and to women’s mobility in professional science, it’s encouraging to see this ad from Verizon asking parents to not squelch their daughters’ natural curiosity...
All Aboard the 100 Year Starship
In 2012, I asked LeVar Burton (who comandeered the Scientific American website as guest editor on Wednesday) if he would join me on a trip across time and space, to another star.
How University Librarians Keep Busy During the Summer
While librarians at many academic institutions are considered faculty, many of them are also 12 month employees: we don't get the summer off.
Don't Go in the Water: The Chemistry of Pee in the Pool [Video]
Pee in a swimming pool could start an unpleasant chemical reaction with chlorine
Do GMO Opponents Have a Problem with Cheese?
A couple of years ago, my fiancée and I wanted to try to make some home-made mozzarella cheese, but ran into a problem. In order to turn milk into cheese, you have to add a substance called “rennet,” which causes the milk to coagulate, allowing you to separate the curd (mostly fats and hydrophobic proteins) [...]..
LEGO to Produce Female Scientist Minifigure Set
Two and a half years ago, the LEGO Corporation made a move that set into motion a chain of events that has led, circuitously but unambiguously, to the following exciting announcement, released yesterday via YouTube: In late summer or early fall of 2014, the company will release to the public an official set of female [...]..
Talking Death with the Late Psychedelic Chemist Sasha Shulgin
Alexander Shulgin, the most prolific psychedelic chemist in history, has died at the age of 88. I interviewed Shulgin and his wife and co-researcher Ann at their home in California in 1999, when I was researching my 2003 book Rational Mysticism...
Creating the perfect beer foam
Pour a glass of soda or champagne and you're likely to see a multitude of frothy bubbles, though the foam will quickly vanish. Pour a glass of beer and the foam will last much longer.
Fight over Sriracha Factory Simmers Down
Sriracha fans, you can breathe easy (and stop hoarding bottles of chili sauce)—the #srirachapocalypse has definitively ended. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported yesterday that the city of Irwindale, Calif...
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