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Sorry, but So Far War on Cancer Has Been a Bust

I recently got into an argument, again, about cancer. The occasion was a talk by one of my colleagues at Stevens Institute, philosopher Gregory Morgan, on the fascinating history of research into cancer-causing viruses.

May 21, 2014 — John Horgan
Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately, II

Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately, II

Last month, in an effort to make this blog more upbeat, I started a monthly column called “Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately.” My stated intention was to draw attention to “well-written articles about compelling topics.” In this second installment, I’m breaking that rule by mentioning not only articles but also books, including a novel.

April 30, 2014 — John Horgan

Crows Like My Pal George Aren’t Just Smart, They’re Also Jokers

Corvid cleverness is making news lately. Two of my favorite science writers, Sharon Begley and James Gorman, describe a variety of experiments--reported in PLOS One by researchers in New Zealand–in which crows mimic the hero of Aesop’s ancient fable “The Crow and the Pitcher.” By dropping objects into containers of water, crows raise the water’s [...]

April 16, 2014 — John Horgan
Obama and Putin Agree to Seek End of War

Obama and Putin Agree to Seek End of War

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have agreed to a plan to end war, according to a recording of a conversation between the two Presidents recently made available to “Cross-check” by the hacker collective Anonymous.

April 1, 2014 — John Horgan

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