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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Hurricane Sandy Hints at the Perils of Global Catastrophe
It takes a lot to bump the United States election out of the national spotlight one week before election day. Hurricane Sandy was that big, a direct blow to the most heavily populated region of the country...
Science Bloggers for Students update, extended until November 9, 2012
There was a lot of activity in the last hours of the Science Bloggers for Students campaign last night. It was better than any election coverage you'll watch tonight.
What's So Special about Mirror Neurons?
In the early 1990s, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Parma made a surprising discovery: Certain groups of neurons in the brains of macaque monkeys fired not only when a monkey performed an action – grabbing an apple out of a box, for instance – but also when the monkey watched someone else performing that action; and even when the monkey heard someone performing the action in another room.In short, even though these “mirror neurons” were part of the brain's motor system, they seemed to be correlated not with specific movements, but with specific goals.Over the next few decades, this “action understanding” theory of mirror neurons blossomed into a wide range of promising speculations...
Learning the Language of Rivers II: The Basics
This post was originally published at En Tequila Es Verdad. For those who haven’t yet seen it – enjoy! ***The Marys River at Avery Park had me staring in incomprehension like a kid on the first day of a foreign language class...
Flightless bats from the future
Image of the Week #67, November 6th, 2012: From: Giant flightless bats from the future by Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology .
#SciAmBlogs Monday - Spade-toothed whale, unnatural selection, Death with Dignity, pigeon milk, Washoe, Sandy, and more.
- Laura Jane Martin - The death of natural selection - Ilana Yurkiewicz - Support for Massachusetts Death with Dignity: what 14 years of data show us - S.E.
No rats in Ryder Alley
Last week, in the wake of superstorm Sandy, I saw a number of people asking questions on social media (and some traditional media picking up on it) about a potential for ratpocalypse, i.e,...
Astronomers Spot Most Distant Supernova Yet
A superluminous supernova may sound like a designation dreamed up by someone with a penchant for hyperbole, but such explosions are deserving of the extravagant language.
Election 2012: Sandy Prompts N.J. to Extend E-Mail Voting
Storm-ravaged New Jersey could set off a tempest of its own on Election Day if the state lets constituents vote via e-mail and fax, cautioned a group of legal, technology and election experts during a press conference on Monday...
Newer Docs Might Be Driving Up Health Care Costs
Health care spending increases have slowed over the past couple years. Still, we are spending some $2.6 trillion—that's trillion with a "T"—a year on health costs, which is a higher percentage of our GDP than any other developed country...
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