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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Troubled waters: striped bass moms pass on harmful pollutants to babies
The striped bass population in San Francisco Bay has been plummeting since the 1970s and now scientists know why: fish moms are passing down damaging pollutants in the water to their young, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...
Dead heat: This cemetery's otherworldly energy is solar
Maybe they're trying to bring the dead back to life.
A Spanish town alarmed about climate change has installed solar panels on its mausoleums, turning "a place of perpetual rest into one buzzing with renewable energy," the Associated Press reports with mirth...
Meteor streaking across Canadian sky caught on video
Hundreds of people witnessed a meteor lighting up the evening sky over Edmonton, Alberta, last week, and the spectacular fireball was even caught on tape by unsuspecting videographers.
Space Snacks: Astronaut food is out of this world, with some Earthly reminders
Among the pressing questions mere terrestrials usually have about astronauts: Where do they go to the bathroom? What do they eat, and don't they get sick of the grub up there?
Obama cell phone snoopers canned
Verizon Wireless has fired employees who peeked at President-elect Barack Obama’s cell phone records, according to published reports.
The staffers were sacked on Friday, an unidentified source told CNN, adding, "we now consider this matter closed.”
It’s unknown how many employees were axed, or exactly what information they accessed, but the source says there's no way they listened to voice mails or read any text messages that Obama sent or received...
New computer model gives particle physics another thumbs-up
The Standard Model of particle physics, that old workhorse of a theory, has dodged another bullet. The model lays out the properties of all known elementary particles and describes three of the four fundamental forces that govern nature (gravity is left out—finding a home for it is one of the most pressing problems in physics)...
Obama's cell phone hacked, privacy issues murky
Verizon Wireless today apologized to President-elect Barack Obama after discovering that employees had snooped into his cell phone records in the latest example of a VIP’s private information being accessed by nosy staffers...
A flight to a continent dressed in white
Editor's Note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the second of her updates on the effort as part of Scientific American.com 's In-Depth Report on "The Future of the Poles." CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND—The flight from the land of green to the land of white may be within our grasp today. Everything seems to be working. The van showed up at the allocated time. The check in process went quickly...
Space station urine recycling system still on the fritz
Turning urine into drinkable water apparently isn't so easy. At least not in space. As the space shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station (ISS) crews gear up for tomorrow's scheduled seven-hour spacewalk, they're still wondering what to do with their malfunctioning $250 million water-and-urine recycling system...
Talk about cyberspace: NASA's space-spanning Internet clears its first hurdle
With more nations sending up more spacecraft conducting more advanced scientific studies, how will the world's space agencies keep everyone and everything in the loop?
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