They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
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Have researchers really discovered any genes for behavior? Candidates welcome
A couple of science-writing colleagues objected to my recent post on the "warrior gene." Both accuse me of throwing the baby of modern behavioral genetics—which seeks to link complex behavioral traits to specific genes—out with the bathwater of media hype...
Kids Learn Better When You Bring Science Home
We learned all kinds of things from our parents—manners, safety, housekeeping, how to make a cake, how to pump our legs to make ourselves go high on a swing and where to find crayfish in a creek...
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As a kid, I often spent an afternoon after a big rain storm with my brothers tromping down to a local drainage stream to see what the water had washed in.
Earth and environment science projects favored by entrants in Google Science Fair
The fuel of the future isn't gasoline, ethanol or even hydrogen—it's education. Specifically, the science and engineering education that will enable a fresh group of smart young people to tackle the world's ongoing energy crisis...
Heal thyself: Rubbery polymer self-repairs under light exposure
What if mending a ripped garment, or repairing a leaky storage container, was as easy as shining a light on the damage?
We're not there yet, but such materials could be possible in the future—researchers have now demonstrated a new way to produce light-healed polymers...
What makes old beer taste bad? Why, it's the trans-iso-alpha acids, of course
Beer, for the most part, is not like wine—it does not improve with age. Quite the contrary, in fact. Old beer is a comparatively unpalatable shadow of its former self—skunky in odor, bitter in aftertaste...
Maryn McKenna answers questions about antibiotic resistance
Award-winning science journalist Maryn McKenna participated in a live online chat about antibiotic resistance with Scientific American 's Facebook page fans on April 11.
Happy International Year of Chemistry. We hope things go well with your effort to increase public appreciation of chemistry and increase the interest of young people in chemistry and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.Fat chance that’s going to get us to relax, though...
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