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Adaptation and mitigation.
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[credit provider=”Scott Huler” url=”http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2013/03/18/the-reign-of-error-renewable-energy-edition/?WT.mc_id=SA_syn_BusInsider”] Greetings from North Carolina, where our legislature gets to more crazy in a week than yours does in an entire session. You’re probably sick of hearing about it, but Plugged In wants to keep you plugged in.OK, legislative dumbassery the first: the legislature would like to […]
[credit provider=”USDA” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/8532394624/”] One of humankind’s most intimate blood-sucking roommates, the bed bug, is notoriously resistant to the pesticides used against it. Now researchers have pinpointed the genes responsible for this resistance. The finding highlights how ineffective our current chemical arsenal has become, and could help researchers design pesticides better able to […]
[credit provider=”Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images”] Even cows don’t like Daylight Saving Time. Come Sunday morning, when the milking machines get attached to their udders a whole hour too early, the otherwise placid bovines on dairy farms around the United States will snort in surprise and dismay. They may give less milk […]
[credit provider=”Stephen Chernin / Getty Images” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/in-this-camera-effect-image-traders-and-others-work-on-the-news-photo/1952230#”] Here is a guaranteed way to get paid well if you work on Wall Street. Find a best friend at a competing bank or hedge fund and take opposite sides of the same large bet.In one year’s time one of you will have […]
The French are taking a stand against light pollution. Starting this summer, most non-residential buildings in the country will have to shut off their lights at night in order to “reduce the print of artificial lighting on the nocturnal environment.”
[credit provider=”NYTimes webcam” url=”http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/nyt-webcam.html?smid=tw-share”] Humans have adapted to a changing climate for as long as we have been around.The rub is that now, humans have settled in with large cities, economies, transportation networks, and an agricultural system dependent on a snapshot of the climate in time.
[credit provider=”Flickr via proimos” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/7015509987/in/photostream/”] Evolution has revolutionised our modern scientific understanding of natural history and how our bodies came to be.Yet evolutionary insights regarding health and disease are not typically emphasised with patients.
[credit provider=”Flickr/ Robin Lerner” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/roblerner/252453129/”] The humble dung beetle makes its living rolling big balls of excrement to feed its offspring and itself.But this lowly occupation doesn’t mean the insect doesn’t have its eye on the skies—even when the sun goes down.
[credit provider=”Bea Makes Three” url=”http://beamakesthree.com/2012/09/20/united-airlines-killed-our-golden-retriever-bea/”] They work with us, play with us and comfort us when we’re down.Archaeological evidence indicates that dogs have had a close bond with humans for millennia.
[credit provider=”Shutterstock.com”] A few weeks back I blogged about a paper by Arturo Casadevall, Ferric Fang and others from the University of Washington and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine that investigated retractions in scientific publications and concluded that the majority of retractions could be traced to misconduct, with the majority […]
[credit provider=”Louis Helbig/Beautiful Destruction” url=”http://www.beautifuldestruction.ca/”] James Hansen has been publicly speaking about climate change since 1988.The NASA climatologist testified to Congress that year and he’s been testifying ever since to crowds large and small, most recently to a small gathering of religious leaders outside the White House last week.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Einstein_1921_portrait2.jpg”] Not all of history’s most significant scientists were college graduates when they began their works. In fact, history is full of scientists who have shaped the world due to their work as teenagers.If they were disregarded simply because of their age, many things we take for […]