Archives for October, 2013

Meat’ing future food demands

My friend and colleague Emily Cassidy gave this TED talk! Her research is some of the most important work being done. Have a look:

This from The Big E at MPP: The LA Times recently instituted a policy change: they no longer print letters to the editor from climate change deniers. The LA Times believes that peer-reviewed work by established scientists have overwhelmingly proven that our planet is warming and this is leading to significant climate change. And those…

Can we replace Classroom Chaos with Learning-Centered Education? K–12 education can be better. One of the most effective changes that could be made is to reduce the amount of chaos in the classroom and replace it with learning. I spend several hours a year in various schools giving presentations on Anthropology, Evolution, Brainzz, and other…

RIP Lou Reed

New Stanley

… As instructed, I arrived at the New Stanley Hotel, in downtown Nairobi, at just before 11:00 AM, to meet Pat Soffer, primatologist. Willoughby didn’t have to tell me about the fish and chips at the hotel’s cafe; I’d eaten here many times. The Thorn Tree was a pretty standard meeting place in Nairobi. A…

Nazis in North Dakota

This story is not getting the attention it probably deserves in national press. Which would be more than zero (I’ve not seen any coverage at all). Rather than rehashing what has already been summarized elsewhere I’ll just point you to some sources: The North Dakota Neo-Nazi Take-Over HAS ALREADY HAPPENED The small town of Leith,…

The evolution of four-winged birds

…When we look at living species (A and B) that we know shared a common ancestor resembling one of them (A), we can guess that the features seen in A evolved in steps more or less linearly to eventually resemble the corresponding features seen in B. For example, we think that chimpanzees and humans shared…

Laura Helmuth has written what I think is one of the most important posts so far to emerge from the fray that is Bora Zivkovic’s: Don’t Be a Creep: Lessons from the latest terrible, sad, fascinating scandal in the science blogging world. Before getting to what I think is the most important part of her…

It is not helpful to elaborate the important stories of women talking about harassment to generate lies. Nor is it respectful to those women. So don’t do that. This: Bora and I were walking in the same direction and chatting, a bit tipsy, when he asked me if I would walk him back to his…

Scientific American Blogs Responds

UPDATE: Happy to announce that @Dnlee5 post is now back up: http://t.co/XVentvp35T #SciAmBlogs — Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) October 14, 2013 This just in… A Message from Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief Scientific American bloggers lie at the heart of the SA website, pumping vitality, experience and broad insight around the community. Unfortunately our poor communication…