Science & Society

  1. Science & Society

    Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science

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  2. Health & Medicine

    This trans fat is vindicated

    Featured blog: FDA accords some trans fats a "generally regarded as safe" designation.

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  3. Ecosystems

    Aspiring to Save the Planet

    The failure of the G-8 Summit to put some teeth in greenhouse-gas limits suggests it may be time for a global climate czar.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Animal rights and wrongs

    Featured blog: Some animal-rights activists are taking a page out of the anti-abortionists' playbook and now bully animal researchers at home.

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  5. Science & Society

    BOOK REVIEW | The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man

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  6. Science & Society

    Seeding liberal arts courses with science parables

    In the July 19 Comment, Dudley Herschbach, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry, discusses how to infuse scientific ideas into humanities education with an aim of increasing overall scientific literacy. Herschbach is Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Science & the Public.

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  7. Science & Society

    Climate Threatens Living Fossil

    Thanks to global warming, within the lifetimes of certain reptiles in the South Pacific, all members of their species could be born male.

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  8. Psychology

    Simpleminded Voters

    An innovative research technique has led researchers to conclude that well-informed voters often use simple rules of thumb to sift through mountains of campaign information and pick the candidate who best reflects their own political views.

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  9. Science & Society

    Confirmed: Big Dipper to Get Doritos

    A European astronomy group beamed a video of a Doritos sacrifice to the god of salsa at a possible alien race in a star system associated with the Big Dipper.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    Six-legged Arthritis Relief

    Here's a novel health food I learned about this morning--one that could be free for the gleaning right outside your front door (especially if you live in China). Warning: You have to be quick or it will get away.

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  11. Science & Society

    Science Education and the Future of Humankind

    Nobel Prize–winning physicist Leon Lederman warns that science education is crucial for humankind’s future. Lederman is director emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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  12. Science & Society

    Sour Genes, Yes—Salty Genes, No

    A study in twins finds that genes may be responsible for a high or low threshold to the detection of sour tastes, but not of salty ones.

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