A Simple Solution to the Algebra Teaching Conundrum

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People are still chattering about a July 28 New York Times piece titled “Is Algebra Necessary?” Author Andrew Hacker argued that... Read more

Sex and the Evolutionary Psychology of Helen Gurley Brown

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This is my evolution column for this week. It will also run in Monday’s Philadelphia Inquirer: A while back, a reader wanted me to investigate... Read more

American Chemical Society Meets in Philadelphia

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This preview story ran in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. I wish I had been able to see Jacqueline Barton's talk on DNA wires but I had other... Read more

Mutant Butterflies Show up in Japan

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A group of scientists say they’ve connected last year’s Fukushima accident to an increase in visible mutations affecting butterflies... Read more

Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute Awarded Big Grant for Climate Change Education

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This is a brief I just wrote for Friday’s Inquirer. The news was just announced today: The National Science Foundation announced Thursday... Read more

A Kinder Confinement for Apes at the Zoo?

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As a free-ranging kind of primate, I’ve always had mixed feelings about zoos. They can raise awareness about endangered species, deforestation... Read more

Zoo Talk Tonight(8/14) : Can We Save the Orangutans?

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As human populations have ballooned into the billions, our ape relatives have declined to precipitously small numbers. Tonight, conservation... Read more

Is Darwinian Evolution Universal?

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Here's my column for this week. It will also appear in Monday's health and science section of the Philadelphia Inquirer. After a triumphant... Read more