How Poetry Can Help Communicate Science

At first glance, poetry might seem to have very little to offer science, other than a few choice compliments or cursory remarks. However, it can be an extremely effective medium through which to communicate new research and even advance scientific knowledge. About five years ago I started a blog, The Poetry of Science, where every week I read a piece More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, July 19th, 2019
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Theory that ridged skin helps dolphins debunked

“A lot of the prompting for looking at living animal skin was borne from thinking about what animals actually experience over their surfaces while swimming,” Wainwright said. “Although surfaces and skin are More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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Investigating the Zombie Ant’s “Death Grip”

Researchers dissected the jaws of ants infected with the Ophiocordyceps fungus to determine how the fungus hijacks the ants’ behavior. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Let’s block More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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A trio of Harvard astronomers reflect on the impact of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, then and now

Six-year-old Alyssa Goodman found watching astronauts walk on the moon on TV astonishing. To 8-year-old Dimitar Sasselov, his parents’ excitement over the 30-second clip of Neil Armstrong’s walk belied the More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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Climate Change Will Strain Federal Finances

The federal government is ill-prepared to shoulder what could be a trillion-dollar fiscal crisis associated with extreme weather, floods, wildfires and other climate disasters through 2100, federal investigators More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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The Truth about Anti-White Discrimination

A friend complained to me recently that his son wasn’t getting into Ivy League colleges because it’s so hard for a middle-class white kid to be admitted, even with straight A’s. I asked if the advantages More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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VW Emissions Cheating Scandal Increased Children’s Pollution Exposure

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is investigating how the Volkswagen AG emissions cheating scandal affected health outcomes in the United States. And the findings are grim: A new working paper from More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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Joseph Lange’s Campaign Against HIV

Seema Yasmin, director of research and education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, talks about her book The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic. Lange was killed More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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Elon Musk’s Secretive Brain Tech Company Debuts a Sophisticated Neural Implant

Late on Tuesday evening, Elon Musk, the charismatic and eccentric CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, took to the stage at the California Academy of Sciences to make a big announcement. This time, he was not unveiling a new More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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Researchers find a simpler pattern of ocean warming

How do you compare, for example, the measurements of a British Man of War from 1820 with those from a Japanese fishing vessel from 1920 or a U.S. Navy ship from 1950? How do you know what kind of buckets were used, More...