They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
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The pandemic is no excuse to abandon chronic disease management and prevention
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We present three moments this week when science intruded into the cultural conversation
Puzzling Parasite Makes Rare Appearance as Fossil
Enigmatic tongue worm found fossilized together with a 425-million-year-old host for the first time
Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in Space [Video]
Editor's Note (1/11/16): David Bowie, one of the most progressive songwriters of his generation, who sang about outer space and aliens, died on Sunday, January 10, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album, Blackstar ...
It's Time for a Presidential Debate on Science Policy
The candidates talk about national security, guns and the economy—but almost never about the science policy issues that have a huge impact on our lives
Remembering David Bowie: The Goblin King's Juggling Illusion
In memory of the artist David Bowie, who died on Sunday, January 10, we feature here an excerpt of the movie Labyrinth, with Bowie performing contact juggling as the Goblin King. ...
Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger
The Harvard physicist explains the collaboration's long-awaited research on the black-hole information paradox
Are Florida Manatees A Conservation Success Story or Are They Still in Danger?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week proposed changing manatees’ status from endangered to threatened, but many dangers still remain
Naval Aviation, 1916
Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: January 8, 1916. At the outbreak of World War I the airplane was only 11 years old. Its first and most useful military task was as “eyes in the sky,” unmasking enemy troop movements...
Thinking outside the Pancake Box: Moving beyond Jemima to Reclaim African-American Culinary Contributions
Toni Tipton-Martin's new book, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks explores 200 years of culinary contributions that challenge the pervasive mammy stereotype...
Tetrapod Zoology 10th-Birthday Extravaganza, Part 2: The Rest of 2015 Reviewed
Time for the second part of my TetZoo-centric look back at 2015. Here, we look at some All Yesterdays– themed spinoff, conference season, sea monsters, TetZooCon and assorted other things...
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