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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If you care about global health, sanitation or just clean water, then you'll care about the eighth annual World Toilet Summit and Expo in Macau, China.
Sci-fi novelist Michael Crichton, who made dinosaurs, DNA and emergency-room dramas populist Hollywood fodder, has died. He was 66.
Crichton died today of cancer, according to news reports...
Quick: How many top science writers were spotted standing behind a Republican Senate candidate during a concession speech last night? Only one, as far as we know: Carl Zimmer.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday gave Google, Microsoft and a number of other tech companies what they wanted by granting free, unlicensed wireless devices access to chunks of unused airwaves on the broadcast spectrum known as "white spaces" (so-named because they provide a buffer between broadcast channels)...
Among the many pressing issues that President-elect Barack Obama will face when he takes office in January is climate change, which he has called an “immediate threat” and warned has made Earth a “planet in peril.” In an effort to prevent and reverse the problem, he supports a so-called cap-and-trade scheme similar to one now in effect in the U.S...
Golfers are notoriously obsessive about perfecting their games and lowering their handicaps, so it's no surprise that sophisticated science has often been enlisted to provide a boost.
An experimental drug that works much like an ingredient in red wine and grapes kept rodents from getting fat and increased their endurance. Researchers say the drug, SIRT1720, also lowered glucose levels — good news for a human version of the medicine being developed to treat diabetes...
Your eyes did not deceive you last night: CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer really did banter with a holographic transmission of the network’s Capitol Hill correspondent, Jessica Yellin.
The big news of the night, of course, was Senator Barack Obama's historic presidential victory. But ScientificAmerican.com was following a number of other races among the hundreds across the country...
It's been a long slog to get to this election day. We all know the campaigns spent millions to get their messages across. But Bob Grant at The Scientist wondered about the environmental cost (log-in required)—specifically how much the campaigns of Sens...
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