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Yesterday was the New York City Marathon, the mecca of long-distance running, which drew over 39,000 contestants and proved that birthing a child need not get in the way of a brisk 26.2..
I'm proud to announce that Scientific American just launched a new site. It's not under the same domain name, because, well, it's a bit of a departure.
Social psychologists from the University of Granada found that bosses who feel insecure or unqualified to hold their position often choose to hire and surround themselves with less competent people...
The Geometry Center (Click image or here for video) Mathematicians are awesome. Don't believe me? Check out this 1994 animation, Outside In (I'd never seen it), which shows how to "evert" a sphere, or turn it inside out without tearing, pinching or creasing it...
Wolfram Research Hey, remember that $25,000 prize awarded by software company Wolfram Research last week for identifying the simplest "universal" theoretical computer, or Turing machine?...
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Watson has done the wise thing and decided to distance himself from his by all appearances much-beloved Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. A statement from the board lauded his 40 years of service, during which he "[transformed] a small facility into one of the world's great education and research institutions." Simultaneously, he released a statement of his own, in which he declared "That the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is now one of the world's premier sites for biological research and education has long warmed my heart." Watson's statement did not directly address his comments to the Sunday Times (of London) about Africans and African Americans that set off this firestorm, but earlier this week he apologized, saying that he was surprised by what he was quoted as saying, and that "there is no scientific basis for such a belief." Both statements, and more on Watson's ongoing ties to Seed Media Group, publisher of Seed Magazine, after the jump...
_____________________ Dog Tails as Tell-Tales: The Evolution of Brain-Hemisphere Specialization Peter F. MacNeilageUniversity of Texas at AustinA dog earns its reputation as best friend in part because it wags its tail in joy at the sight of its owner...
Geneticist James Watson apologized for his inflammatory remarks linking race and intelligence, telling an audience at the Royal Society of London: "To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly...
Just to be clear: They didn't fire him, they didn't take away his position as Chancellor of the university, and they probably won't ever take his name off of their graduate school (The Watson School of Biological Sciences), but the board of trustees at CSHL has decided to "suspend the administrative responsibilities" of James D...
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