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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Why Colliding Galaxies Never Go out of Style
The first theory proposed to explain the universe's strangest galaxies has had impressive staying power
The Path to Scientific Illustration
The leading professional organization for natural science illustrators is conducting a survey on how their authoritative Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration is used by professionals and enthusiasts...
A Close Encounter with Grothendieck and His Fence
What happens when we meet our heroes? One graduate student arranged a meeting with reclusive mathematician Alexander Grothendieck and found out.
Castles, Kings and Ice: A Whirlwind Tour of Latvian Geology
Our own RQ tormented me a little bit this summer. She kept sending nifty tidbits of geology from her summer excursions in Latvia. And she's got lots! By popular demand*, we're going to have a super-swift overview of Latvian geologic yumminess, with the promise of more where that comes from...
Hot News From Planet Archosaur
Fossil hominins, weird extinct lizards and archaic turtles are all very nice but, let’s be honest: when we talk about fossil tetrapods, the things we talk about the most are archosaurs.....
Ada Lovelace and Gender Diversity in Science
Ada Lovelace, widely regarded as the first computer programmer, would probably have appreciated the current thinking on diversity in the workplace.
Pop Culture Pulsar: The Science Behind Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures Album Cover
Earlier this year, I reported the punchline of my quest to uncover the story behind the story of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album cover.
The Cast of Manh(a)ttan Gears Up for an Explosive Season 2
Chances are you missed WGN America’s critically acclaimed (and Emmy-nominated) new series Manh(a)ttan when it debuted last summer. Lots of people missed it, and that’s a shame, because it is a beautifully written and acted drama set in the earliest days of the Manhattan Project, bringing that era to vivid life...
Fate of Torpedoed Ships, 1915
Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: October 9, 1915 The first American ship to be torpedoed in World War I, on May 1, 1915, while the United States was still a neutral country in the War, caused an immediate diplomatic outcry and stern warnings to the German government...
Piltdown Man Came from The Lost World... Well, No, It Didn't
In 1908, amateur geologist and solicitor Charles Dawson claimed the discovery of a new and exciting fossil that, so it was thought, shed substantial light on the ancestry of humans. Dubbed Piltdown man, and technically named Eoanthropus dawsoni , it was (... spoiler ...) eventually shown to be a hoax – one of the most nefarious, infamous and successful scientific hoaxes of all time...
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