Planet of the Apes Archive: August, 2012

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

Could a Crewed Mission Contaminate Mars?

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Physicist Robert Park raised the unnerving possibility in this interesting Slate piece contrasting robotic and manned space exploration. “If... Read more

Climate Change Deniers Not as Prolific as Cold Fusion Proponents

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F.F. I thought I'd let Higgs the cat deal with some recent claims from climate change deniers and cold fusion believers. Here’s a comment... Read more