Secrets of a Killer Shrimp

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The tropical mantis shrimp is not only beautiful, it’s powerful, using a club-like appendage to pound open clam shells and the heads... Read more

Ray Bradbury Made Us Think, and Helped Me Learn to Blog

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Ray Bradbury, who died at 91, was one of my favorite writers when I was in my teens and early 20s. Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and... Read more

Either listening to Paul McCartney makes you younger, or there’s something amiss with social science.

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Here’s a story on bad science that ran on the Inquirer's front page today (Tuesday). I got the idea from a fascinating paper in which researchers... Read more

My Hate Mail Responder Has Awakened

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F.F. People write hate mail for all kinds of reasons. It’s not written entirely by fundamentalists with religious objections to science... Read more

Scientists Ask Why Humans are Nice. I Ask: Are Humans Nice?

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This is my column for next week. It will also appear in the Health and Science section of Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer: It’s nearly... Read more

Venus Transits the Sun Tuesday for the Last Time Until 2117

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It’s not too soon to start looking for eye protection and an unobstructed view to the west. This Tuesday Venus will eclipse the sun for... Read more

Older people do smell different

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When psychologist Johan Lundstrom decided to test whether there really was an “old people smell” he got good news and bad news... Read more

The Latest in the Altruism War: Richard Dawkins vs. E.O. Wilson

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In a video clip that's made the rounds lately, Richard Feynman puts the essence of science in a nutshell: If your idea doesn’t agree... Read more