Category Archives: Science

Things I didn’t know about Beatrix Potter

She was a brilliant naturalist — one of the first people in the world to recognize that lichens are a symbiotic organism, for instance. As a woman, however, she was excluded from assuming what would have been, today, her place … Continue reading

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Dueling faiths

That would be science v. religion >:-) Courtesy of Curtis Brainard and CJR Daily, we have this nice round-up of the media coverage of Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion: [U]nfavorable reviews of The God Delusion have branded Dawkins’ promotion … Continue reading

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Hey, we’re evolutionary oddballs!

The Neanderthals — not Homo Sapiens — may have been the true “apex of the family tree.” As postulated by Erik Trinkaus, paleontologist and Neanderthal expert at Washington University in St. Louis. He’s just published a paper on the subject. … Continue reading

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Stress is . . . all in your head

Here’s a thought for a Monday morning: [A]ccording to Angela Patmore, author of The Truth About Stress, the ubiquitous term ‘stress’ is ‘bogus and illogical’ . . . Patmore started researching the concept of stress in the 1990s, while working … Continue reading

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Apple, tree, etc.

From the New Scientist: researchers studied the facial expressions of 21 people who were born blind, and found they were “significantly more likely to make angry, sad and pensive facial expressions that resembled those of their relatives than of strangers.” … Continue reading

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I’ll have some OJ with that

I’m a non-breakfast person. I’m not hungry when I wake up. I drink a single mug of coffee. A glass of orange juice. Then several hours later, I have something to eat. Turns out I’m on the cutting edge of … Continue reading

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Is dirt our friend?

In the Washington Post (registration required), Thomas Bartlett has an article on raw milk. A couple years ago, I participated in one of the cow-boarding programs mentioned here, using the milk mostly to ferment kefir. The potential dangers of drinking … Continue reading

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Okay, sorry to have to break this to you

But B-movie biology just doesn’t hold up to the physics. The incredible shrinking man wouldn’t have had trouble wielding a needle to fight a spider. There’s no way Racquel could have manuevered her little ship in Fantastic Voyage. King Kong … Continue reading

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Music is good for the brain

A kid’s brain, anyway. Researchers have found the first evidence that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training. The … Continue reading

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Who talks more, men or women?

If you answered “women,” you need to read this. This topic is of ongoing interest at Mark Liberman’s Language Log blog; as he notes here: There certainly are psychological and neurological differences between men and women, sometimes big ones. But … Continue reading

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