Extra-Small Water and other Drivel in the News

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For some reason when people use the word “drivel” it feels like fingernails dragging across a chalkboard. Here’s a comment... Read more

Monkeying Around With Technology

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Here's today's column, which also ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer's health and science section: Our highly social species has been behaving... Read more

Corrections Dept: The World Will Not Not end Dec 12 - Not.

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I’ve been tasked with coming up with a correction for a mistake (not mine) made in the sub-headline for my story on the Maya. In that... Read more

Critical Thinking and the Mayan “Prophecy”

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There are a couple of interesting lessons to take away from that whole nonsense about the Maya and their so-called end-of-the-world prophecy... Read more

Thursday: Chemical Heritage Foundation Features Symposium On Symbiosis

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The following is a blog post. For this weeks’ evolution column, click here. I’m hoping to get next week’s column finished... Read more

Don't Blame the Press for Space Dinosaurs

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On Saturday someone yelled at me following a Science Festival Event. It was a talk presented at a meeting of the Philadelphia Association for... Read more

Pygmy Study a Genomics Reality Check

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Today’s column profiles some Penn-led research into the DNA of African Pygmies. To me, the most interesting part of the research project... Read more

The Evolution of Allergies

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Immunobiologist Ruslan Medzhitov said he was recently discussing evolutionary medicine with fellow Yale professor Stephen Stearns, and Stearns... Read more