The proposed $3-billion Brain Activity Map is a formidably, if not unrealistically, ambitious undertaking but the merits and weaknesses of the idea can be explored even by nonspecialists.
My most memorable punch in the face was a beaut. Back during my first year of studying karate, some classmates and I had met up for a little unsupervised sparring practice—never a good idea for
More on UW-Madison’s recent conference about the public’s resistance to scientific messages about evolution, climate change, vaccines, and other matters.
The first installment of my summary of a fascinating science writing meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Having misplaced my anti-narcissism drugs earlier this week, I can’t see any reason not to usurp the year-end retrospective trope and look back at some of what I’ve most enjoyed writing in 2011. I don’t
Update added at end. Back in 2005 I wrote about dolphins that had developed a culture of placing protective sponges over their beaks to root along the seafloor for fish, which was noteworthy as a
No, it is not the fearsome olgoi-khorkhoi, the Mongolian death worm of legend once feared by Gobi desert dwellers, nor an unspeakable dhole from H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction. Nor is it a prop Shai-Hulud sandworm left
See updates below. Much has already been written on the sad fact that of the 51 young women who vied to be Miss USA 2011, only two—Miss California (Alyssa Campanella), who ultimately took the crown,
Consider it proof that the opponents of evolutionary science are not just intellectually bankrupt. Imagine my delight upon learning this news from the National Center for Science Education: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed — the 2008
Discriminating readers who have intuited that the new film X-Men: First Class is not a documentary probably already suspect that its science might be a bit askew. For Scientific American, I’ve written a short commentary