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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Without curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, the volume of warming pollution worldwide could hit 42.3 billion metric tons per year by 2030—a 51 percent increase over present levels, according to a report released this week by the U.S...
As part of the publicity for The Happening , writer-director M. Night Shyamalan gave a number of interviews to science journalists, including me, Andy Revkin, and Ira Flatow.
[ Editor's note: Merrill Goozner has spent the last two weeks reporting on the state of Russian health care. See his previous posts from the field: "It's all about the oil: Russia's resurgence rests on slippery foundation" and "Russia boosts healthcare in Siberia" ] MOSCOW â€“ On my last morning in Russia, I dined with Vasiliy Vlassov, professor of research methodology at the Moscow Medical Academy and head of a small but feisty group of Russian physicians called the Society of Specialists in Evidence-Based Medicine...
Seven scientists from three scientific disciplines today were awarded the first biennial Kavli Prizes. Each of the three award categories come with $1-million cash prize for researchers working in astrophysics, neuroscience and nanoscience...
SciAm editors invite all to attend the World Science Festival in New York City, from May 28 to June 1. The festival takes place throughout New York, from a beach in Queens to the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan...
When I wrote last week about Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.), an allergist-turned member of Congress who turned down the vaunted Federal employee health insurance plan and has his own plan for health care reform, I had no idea just how quickly he planned to work...
Chemical maker E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (more commonly known as DuPont) and Danish biotech firm Danisco, A/S, are pumping resources into ethanol, which they hope will meet an anticipated rapidly growing demand for the biofuel, a demand that critics say will raise food prices and cause even worse damage to the environment than gasoline...
In putting together our recent series on self-experimenters, I kept wondering whether one could harness the do-it-yourself ethos that drives people to experiment on themselves and channel it into something more rigorous...
Updated from a May 5 blog entry Chinese health-care officials are scrambling to contain the outbreak of a contagious and sometimes deadly intestinal virus--known as Enterovirus 71 (EV71)--that has already claimed the lives of at least 28 children and is likely to continue spreading...
I slept through this morning's Midwest quake, but I sure felt this aftershock an hour ago: That's a seismograph in West Lafayette, IN. The online image gets updated every 10 minutes...
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