Social gathering of six bonobos at the San Diego Zoo. (Credit: W. H. Calvin 2006.)

December 5, 2016

The biological foundations of justice

Cross-posted with the permission of Prof. Nathan H. Lents, originally posted at The Human Evolution Blog.   It’s not immediately obvious why we should consider animal behavior when we think about how best to craft a system...

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November 22, 2016

From Our Archives: Turkey science – What’s on your plate?

Originally posted in 2015 by Bonnie Denmark. The 45 million turkeys that end up on the Thanksgiving table are nothing like their wild ancestors. In fact, they are very different from the typical Thanksgiving turkeys of...

The Great Eastern, the ship which laid the first permanent cable in 1866. Source: Robert Edward Holloway, public domain.

November 18, 2016

From Our Archives: Nov. 18, 1929 – The Day the Cables Broke

Written in 2013 by Julia Rosen, this post explores what happened on November 18, 1929 when the underwater telegraph cables snapped. Today, a veritable superhighway of data rushes below the surface of the frigid North Atlantic....

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November 10, 2016

Image of the Week: Roosevelt and Muir at Yosemite

In this image from the United States Library of Congress, Theodore Roosevelt (left) and nature preservationist John Muir (right), founder of the Sierra Club, stand atop Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. In the background are...

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November 3, 2016

Image of the Week: Evelyn Tilden at Work (or Play)

The National Institute of Health captioned this photo, “Evelyn Butler Tilden poses with the one constant in her life—a microscope.” From her early work with Dr. Hideyo Noguchi in 1916 to her role as head of...

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October 27, 2016

Video of the Week: Not So Drowsy Grizzly

John J. Craighead, who, along with his twin brother Frank, was an early environmental advocate, passed away in September 2016. The Craighead brothers worked tirelessly to highlight the conditions of the nation’s natural areas. In fact, their...

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October 18, 2016

9th Imagine Science Film Festival

In a world where movies about scientific theory are as popular as those about aliens and sharks, the Imagine Science Films is bridging the divide between art and science via film. Well, maybe these films aren’t as...

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October 13, 2016

Sweet Science of Honey

Honey has been called a miracle food. In addition to its obvious taste bud appeal, honey keeps indefinitely. And what makes for a virtually eternal shelf life also potentially makes for good medicine. Honey has been...

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October 6, 2016

Video of the Week: Feynman Lecture

Richard Feynman, the great physicist and popularizer of science, delivered a series of lectures at Cornell University in November, 1964. Called “Messenger Lectures,” these talks were given by high-profile scholars on the broad topic of the...

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September 29, 2016

Image of the Week: Krummholz Tree Growth

If you’ve ever hiked up a mountain to the tree line or explored the subarctic regions of the world, you’ve likely seen trees with serious deformations. Some trees are stunted, gnarled masses of branches close to...