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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Yesterday I posted a column presenting the views of Dave Farber, "Grandfather of the Internet," on cybersecurity. I interviewed Farber on May 26, shortly before a flood of reports (the first of which was in The Guardian , a British newspaper) that the U.S...
With all the talk of honey bee decline in the news, you may already know that honey bees don’t just make honey. They also give us almonds, cherries, avocados, raspberries, apples…pretty much everything delicious...
by Amelia MouraThe Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have a long, complex, history of sovereignty disputes. This string of three uninhabitable islands and five rocks which, in total, amount to only 2.7 square miles in the East China Sea, has a past defined by conflicting claims by Japan, China, and even Taiwan...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - hearing aids, Thor's Hammer, Seabees, Quad Map, nuclear power, glowing octopus, and more.
- David G. Myers - Hearing Aids Can Serve a Second Purpose—As Wireless Speakers - Jennifer Ouellette - The Physics of Thor’s Hammer Immortalized in Comic Form - Mary Karmelek - “We Build, We Fight”: The Role of the Seabees in the Invasion of Normandy - Dana Hunter - Epic Excitement: Reading Quad Map Documentation - Nicholas Evans and Ashutosh Jogalekar - Promise or problem?...
Today marks the 69th anniversary of D-day, when the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. Whereas all branches of the Armed Forces who took place in the invasion deserve recognition, I wanted to dedicate this blog post to a group that I hadn’t heard of until I read about them in Scientific American’s archive: the Seabees.The Scientific American article from February 1943 described the Seabees as “the newest branch of the Navy, and one of our most dramatic and romantic services.” The name is derived from the phonetic spelling of “CB”, or “Construction Battalion.” Officially created by Rear Adm...
What has eight arms, no bones and hundreds of bright, twinkly lights? The glowing sucker octopus ( Stauroteuthis syrtensis ), of course.This flashy octopod is one of the few of its kind to have true bioluminescence, a trait much more common in two other cephalopod relatives, squid and cuttlefish...
Back in February, Jen-Luc Piquant chatted with University of Minnesota physicist Jim Kakalios (author of The Physics of Superheroes , among other achievements) in Second Life's Virtually Speaking Science series...
Over the last few years, the rhetoric if not the actuality of cyberwarfare has been escalating. Every day, it seems, the media report on alleged cyberattacks--by nations, terrorist organizations or criminal gangs--against U.S...
“Never in my audiology career has something so simple helped so many people at so little cost.”“I can't stop smiling. . . . I could understand every word.
I’m not being facetious. I spent a good portion of one Sunday reading the pamphlet for the Geologic Map of the Silver Lake Quadrangle, Cowlitz County, Washington (pdf).
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