The Intersection

Sheril R. Kirshenbaum

Guest post by Brian Hare, Evolutionary Anthropologist at Duke University Last month, a 200 pound male chimpanzee named Travis mauled a woman outside the home where he has been living with his owner Sandra Herold. Charla Nash was nearly killed by Travis and now has life changing wounds to her face while Travis was stabbed…

I LOVE all things space–arguably more than the next girl. For years I wanted to be an astrobiologist. Infinite possibilities and the ultimate opportunity to explore the unknown. And it’s no secret to readers that I adore Carl Sagan and Cosmos, which fostered a love and appreciation of science in so many of us. All…

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Stocks tumbled Monday, with the Dow and S&P 500 falling to 12-year lows after insurance company American International Group’s huge quarterly loss added to worries about the financial sector and the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost almost 300 points, or 4.2% to end at 6763.29, its lowest point…

What Causes Black Ice?

Picture it. A bridge in Connecticut, January 2004. Having left New York at 4:30 am, I settled into my Honda hoping to reach Maine before nightfall. The first couple hours were uneventful until… suddenly the wheel locked, the brakes failed and my car spun haphazardly across three lanes to face oncoming traffic. Yet somehow, we…

Well, it was a long time coming.  Between the myriad of diet plans on television, magazines, online, and everywhere, someone was bound to finally come up with conclusive evidence on what works and how to make sense of all the (excuse the term) dietary diarrhea. No doubt, you’ve also noticed that low-fat, high fiber, extra…

Research just published in Nature links Alzheimer’s disease and prion diseases. The prion protein is the receptor for amyloid-beta, the peptide that makes up Alzheimer’s plaques. It’s not my area, but Ed’s explanation is fascinating. This could be big, so go read the details at Not Exactly Rocket Science: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common…

Stopping By The Reef Tank

Readers at The Reef Tank were interested to learn more about marine science, so I was happy for the opportunity to chat with Ava earlier this week.  As I explained during our conversation, aquariums need not be detrimental to biodiversity when managed responsibly.  I suspect most people enjoy the hobby because they are also fascinated…

The United States faces enormous challenges in a troubled climate, but I think we just witnessed President Barack Obama officially usher in a new golden age for American politics.

Women Ready For Office In 2010

Former Representative Florence Dwyer (R-NJ, 1957-1973) once explained: “A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.” I’ve written about sex in Congress before because it’s a subject where the percentages could probably benefit…

Echinoderms From Outer Space!

I’ll admit PZ’s post yesterday featuring a cosmic cephalopod sleeping overhead in the Carina Nebula was both daunting and impressive…  but never fear friends, a heroic starry sea cucumber keeps vigilant in the Crab Pulsar and continues to protect us from its merciless tentacles.