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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Amazing: Rarest Whale Seen for First Time in History, but Not at Sea
In another example of how little we know about the natural world, scientists recently got their first up-close glimpse at the rare and elusive spade-toothed beaked whale ( Mesoplodon traversii )...
The Death of Natural Selection
My evening plan to read Harry Potter for the first time (I know!) was thwarted by Linton Weeks’s thought-provoking post on the right of plants to evolve.
Chimps in Uganda: Lessons from Washoe
October 30th marked the five-year anniversary of the death of my friend Washoe. Washoe was a wonderful friend. She was confident and self-assured. She was a matriarch, a mother figure not only to her adopted son but to others as well...
New York City Marathon Runs Anyway
The 2012 New York City Marathon may not be televised, but it is being organized on an unofficial basis by men and women who have banded together to run anyway.
How to milk a pigeon
Milk is produced by mammals in order to provide nutrition to their growing young. It's pretty special stuff, as not only does it provide all the nutrients and energy needed to fuel a growing baby (consider that for at least six months a human infant drinks nothing but milk) it also aids in the development of both the immune system and the baby's microbiotica - the bacteria that develop in its gut and stomach.Although milk is exclusively a mammalian production, some birds, such as pigeons, penguins and flamingos, produce a milk-like substance which provides similar benefits to their young...
Kids' Science Books for Stormy Weather
Like many families in the path of superstorm Sandy, we’ve spent much of the last week indoors trying to stay sane. Fortunately, we live in a part of Brooklyn that was spared the worst storm damage, so I had the luxury of finally reading the children's science books that have been piling up on my desk at work...
DonorsChoose Science Bloggers for Students 2012: helping classrooms in the aftermath of Super-storm Sandy.
Super-storm Sandy did major damage to the East Coast, especially New Jersey and New York City. The offices of DonorsChoose are in New York City. Their fabulous staff is safe (and mostly dry) and their computer servers are up, which means the Science Bloggers for Students drive has been operational and ready to receive your donations...
Support for Massachusetts Death with Dignity: what 14 years of data show us
On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters will face the Death with Dignity Act and decide whether they are comfortable with the idea of a physician being able to provide medication that a terminally ill patient can self-administer to end his or her life...
How Computational Models Are Improving Medicine [Video]
The more we learn about cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's, the more vexingly complex they seem—and the more elusive their cures. Even with cutting-edge imaging technology, biomarker tests and genetic data, we are still far from understanding the multifaceted causes and varied developmental stages of these illnesses.With the advent of powerful computing, better modeling programs and a flood of raw biomedical data, researchers have been anticipating a leap forward in their abilities to decipher the intricate dynamics involved human disease...
The Countdown, Episode 8 - Hurricane Syzygy, Ancient Starlight, Vesta Mystery, Superluminous Supernovae, "Hawaiian" Soil on Mars
Story 5Hurricane Sandy hit New York City and surrounding areas hard this week, flooding streets and damaging homes.
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