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An Arbor Embolism? Why Trees Die In Drought

Scientists who study forests say they’ve discovered something disturbing about the way prolonged drought affects trees. It has to do […]

When Fetuses Yawn In The Womb

Why people yawn is a mystery. But yawning starts in the womb. Past studies have used ultrasound images to show […]

Double Thanks

I’m giving thanks in two ways today, first for things that have lasted, persisted (and here’s hoping they keep on […]

Coconut Conservationist Seeks Pacific Islands For Fun And Palm Preservation

French adventurer-scientist Roland Bourdeix has a grand, almost surreal, vision for how to preserve a thousand or more genetic varieties […]

Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now

Scientists working on NASA’s six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it’s a good problem. They have some exciting […]

Could Nate Silver Predict How Good Your Pumpkin Pie Will Be?

We’ve been hearing a lot recently about how algorithms can predict just about anything. They find long-lost friends on Facebook […]

Why Not Say It Simply? How About Very Simply?

There are people (and I hear from them constantly) who think if a subject is sophisticated, like science, the language […]

The Big Apple’s Mayor Makes A Very Scary Video

I didn’t know what to make of this when I saw it. I live in Manhattan, in a city where […]

Mental Disorders And Evolution: What Would Darwin Say About Schizophrenia?

It’s a question that’s baffled evolutionary theorists for decades: if survival of the fittest is the rule, how have the […]

Pig Genome Project May Pave The Way For Better Bacon

Could bacon get any tastier? Pig scientists and breeders say indeed it could, now that the pig genome has been […]

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