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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Gravitational Waves Reveal the Universe Before the Big Bang: An Interview with Physicist Gabriele Veneziano
It’s not usually put like this, but the discovery of primordial gravitational waves two weeks ago has given us our first direct glimpse of a period before the big bang.
Neil deGrasse Tyson at 85% the Speed of Light
This video made me laugh harder than anything I’ve seen in a long time. Okay, except for some Louis CK videos. But for a non-comedian (allegedly)… this is hard to beat.
Unscientific Unamerican, and Other April Fools' Jokes in SA History
The more complex the mind, the greater the need for play. Okay, I ripped that off from Star Trek , episode 15, but I like to think the conceit applies to the Scientific American community of readers, writers, editors and authors...
Scientists Move to Patent Octopus Robot
Scientists have spent years crafting a very special, creepy robot. One that can crawl over obstacles, swim through surf and grasp just about any object.
The House of Representatives Committee on Science is turning into a national embarrassment
A few days back I wrote a post explaining why I am all for private support of basic science, especially in an age when government funding and support is flagging.
The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience
There is something about a ROOMBA, the robotic floor cleaning device, that inspires us to put things atop of them for a ride for our entertainment, including babies, cats in shark costumes, and my favorite, prairie dogs!...
Are we entering a golden era of private science funding?
Last week, the BICEP2 experiment dropped a bombshell in the physics world by announcing potential evidence for gravitational waves from inflation as well as support for the quantization of gravity...
Oso Mudslide: Links to the Geology Behind the Tragedy
On Saturday, the Seattle region experienced one of the worst landslide disasters in its history. A lot of the hills around here are unconsolidated glacial deposits, and they’re ready to fall at the slightest provocation...
Zoom Through a Stunning Panorama of the Milky Way
Do yourself a favor. Don't read this article just yet--first, take a moment to zoom around this incredible panorama of our galaxy and soak in the splendor: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/glimpse360/aladin...
Clouds Threaten Rare Chance to See Star `Wink' Over New York
Gloomy weather over New York could drown out a rare opportunity to see a bright star disappear from the sky very early tomorrow morning during what's known as an "occultation." The star Regulus, one of the brightest points in the constellation Leo, should appear to "wink out" for about 14 seconds when the asteroid (163) [...]..
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