The introduction of 2,000 new words into the forthcoming edition of the dictionary has meant that some of the lesser known and used words have become endangered and face being lost from the publication.
A list of 24-threatened words has been drawn up and some celebrities have taken up the challenge of rescuing a [...]
A company is glamorising genetic testing by taking spit samples at high-society parties to give customers risk profiles for various diseases. But are consumers being given the full story about what genetic risk means?
I’m going to have to learn how to write faster:
In an analysis of 30,027 peer-reviewed papers published between 2000 and 2004 in top astronomy journals, astronomer Krzysztof Stanek of Ohio State University in Columbus found that the median number of citations increases with the length of the paper — from just 6 [...]
My friends working on the New Caledonian Crow have a new paper out in today’s Proceedings of the Royal society. The paper “Do New Caledonian crows solve physical problems through causal reasoning?” by Alex Taylor et al provides evidence of how crows can reason about physical problems:
The extent to which animals other [...]
Ponce de León et al in today’s P.N.A.S. discuss how the “Neanderthal brain size at birth provides insights into the evolution of human life history“:
From birth to adulthood, the human brain expands by a factor of 3.3, compared with 2.5 in chimpanzees [DeSilva J and Lesnik J (2006) Chimpanzee neonatal brain size: Implications [...]
A steady stream of devoted evolutionists continued to gather in this small Tennessee town today to witness what many believe is an image of Charles Darwin—author of The Origin Of Species and founder of the modern evolutionary movement—”made manifest on a concrete wall in downtown Dayton.
My picture of a scientist is completely different than what it used to be! The scientist I saw doesn’t wear a lab coat. . . . The scientists used good vocabulary and spoke like they knew what they [...]
As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of a certain Charles Darwin, Radio New Zealand is getting a whole bunch of New Zealand scientists to give public lectures about Darwin’s impact on our place in the world. They’re recording them, broadcasting them over the radio, and you can listen to them on the internet [...]