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Wednesday, March 02, 2016
On Monday, a team of 80 people led by Hjalmar S. Kuhl and Ammie K. Kalan published an open-access paper in Nature's "Scientific Reports" that describes never-before-seen stone-throwing behavior among wild chimpanzees in four West African populations.
The chimpanzees throw the stones at trees or right into ...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Last Friday, I noticed this posting on Facebook by Lawrence Carter-Long:
"If you 'see the person not the disability' you're only getting half the picture. Broaden your perspective. You might be surprised by everything you've missed. DISABLED. #SayTheWord"
I understood intuitively the thought that many people with ...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Imagine this: Right next to the lab where blood is drawn and blood pressure is taken stands a fully stocked kitchen — in your doctor's office.
It's not meant for the staff's lunch break, either.
During your checkup, your physician invites you into the kitchen, demonstrates some healthy-cooking tips she ...
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Editor's Note: Some may find the graphic descriptions in this post disturbing.
When I walked into my first virtual reality experience last week at Sundance Film Festival, there was no movie theater or screening room to enter. It consisted only of a single, rotating desk chair and a virtual ...
Saturday, January 30, 2016
How much does it matter that filmmakers accurately portray the scientific details — of cosmology or physics for instance, or evolutionary theory or genomics — on the big screen?
My initial response — "It matters a lot, of course!" — has changed after attending a Sundance panel presentation called "The ...
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Eagle Huntress, a documentary film set in Mongolia directed by Otto Bell and starring teenager Aisholpan Nurgaiv, debuted Sunday at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. With its focus on a charismatic girl who has accomplished something other women have not in 2,000 years — she hunts ...
Thursday, January 21, 2016
In his new book, The Big Question: Why We Can't Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God, Alister McGrath argues that "we need more than science to satisfy our deep yearnings and intuitions." That something more for McGrath is God, specifically, the Christian God.
As he develops this argument, ...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday, January 07, 2016
In her January Scientific American piece titled "What Animals Know about Where Babies Come From," anthropologist Holly Dunsworth makes a convincing case that despite popular assumptions to the contrary, animals generally — and our closest living relatives, the great apes, specifically — don't understand that sexual intercourse produces ...
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The Magdala Stone, a stunning archaeological find from an excavated synagogue in Israel that dates back to the time of Jesus, sits at the intersection of Jewish and Christian history.
Since its 2009 discovery, the stone — a carved block decorated with symbols including a seven-branch menorah (rare for the ...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
A video made available online last week shows the famous gorilla Koko communicating through the use of American Sign Language in what is billed as an address to world leaders attending the Paris climate change conference.
According to the Gorilla Foundation, Koko was invited to carry out this project ...
Monday, December 07, 2015
Many media began to report on Sunday that former president Jimmy Carter had informed his church in Plains, Georgia, that his cancer is now gone.
Immediately, I felt joy and dismay in equal parts.
The joy is easy to explain. Carter is undergoing radiation and immune-based drug treatment for ...
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Alex Honnold doesn't like to watch his friends "free solo" on big rock formations like El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
"Free solo" means that the climber uses only his or her body to climb: There are no ropes, no partner, no bolts drilled into rock for stability and support. ...
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Animal rescues go on urgently every day around the world.
This autumn, rescuers have worked frantically to save wild orangutans caught up in terrible fires in Borneo and Sumatra. Most of these fires were set deliberately in order to clear land for the very same industry — the palm-oil ...
Thursday, November 19, 2015
In the area of 1 in 2,000 people are born intersex. These individuals may have mixed genitalia, meaning some combination of ovaries and testes. This comes about either because ovarian and testicular tissue grow together in the same organ or because a "male side" and a "female side" develop in ...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Thursday, November 05, 2015
In just four weeks, on Dec. 2, I'll teach my last-ever college class.
When I depart my classroom in the College of William and Mary's anthropology department around 3:20 that afternoon, it will surely feel surreal. After 27 years, I'm retiring from teaching to take up full-time science writing.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
All life on earth is related. The way children wiggle, breathe, cuddle and grab objects can help them to realize their ancient link with fish, reptiles, mammals and apes.
This is the message of Grandmother Fish, a new book for 3- to 7-year-olds written by Jonathan Tweet and illustrated ...