This week I am reporting to you live from the National Council for Science and the Environment’s annual conference in Washington DC. The conference’s theme this year is “Energy and Climate Change.” This is my first time at this conference and I was invigorated by the speakers’ focus on real world problems from the local to global scale. 1,199 more words
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Many diseases of humans, other animals and plants are caused by small organisms; microbes, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses which are present in the environment and can be passed on from already infected individuals. 978 more words
If Nicollo Paganini, the titular musician of Sam Kean‘s “The Violinist’s Thumb,” had lived in the 1960s rather than the 1800s, the book may well have been named “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll.” According to period reports, the 19th century virtuoso was a dervish of womanizing, opium abuse, and brilliant concerts, haunted by recurring health problems that ended his career well before old age. 475 more words
‘Much scientific argument and hypothesis-making proceeds through the use of analogy and metaphor’. Steven Rose.
To help us understand a scientific process we often liken it to something we’re already familiar with.381 more words