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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Plant's Cry For Help Attracts The Wrong Crowd
A simple white butterfly caterpillar ( Pieris rapae ) nibbles blissfully on a cabbage leaf, completely unaware of the complex interspecies interactions he has just set in motion.
Global High Fructose Corn Syrup Use May Be Fueling Diabetes Increase
It doesn’t matter where you look: the U.S., Mexico, Malaysia or Portugal, the more high fructose corn syrup consumption, on average, the more diabetes.A new study of 43 countries in Global Public Health , published online November 27, found that adult type-2 diabetes is 20 percent higher in countries that consume large quantities of high fructose corn syrup...
Video: 1.5 Minute Climate Talk Crash Course
The Doha Climate Talks are now in session. It's the first time the negotiations are being held in the oil-productive Middle East. Yes, the meeting's trying to be more enviro-savvy with it's "paper-smart," initiative by limiting the usually endless stacks of printed documents...
Chimp Comedy Brings the Blues
Costumed chimps used to make me grin ear to ear when I saw them on TV. Now I realize there’s little that separates that delight from coveting a Chinese potion made from rhino tusks.
How Pompeii Perished
I see you jumping up-and-down with your hand in the air, saying "Ooo! I know this one!" I see you, too, over there groaning, "Doesn't every body know?" And I see you, glowering, wanting your Mount St...
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Plucked from obscurity: Microgromia, a living microbial spider web
Microgromia is a tiny amoeba with an organic shell who, much like a spider, lays down a sizeable spread of thread-like pseudopods (filopodia) lines with sticky extrusomes, waiting for the unfortunate bacterium or eukaryotic flagellate to stroll by...
The perils of translational research
This is an updated and revised version of an article I wrote for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel laureates and Current Science magazine. In 1969, one of the more memorable incidents in the public advocacy of science took place...
#sci4hels - the `killer' science journalists of the future want your feedback
If you are a really regular, diligent reader of this blog, you may remember back in September when I announced a panel I have organized for the next year's WCSJ2013.
Homo (Sans) Sapiens: Is Dumb and Dumber Our Evolutionary Destiny?
James R. Flynn's observation that IQ scores experienced dramatic gains from generation to generation throughout the 20th century has been cited so often, even in popular media, that it is becoming a cocktail party talking point...
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