The Lowdown on LAZE: Kilauea's Most Recent Hazard

Kilauea’s most recent lava flows reached the sea over the weekend, and they’ve been beach bumming ever since. Few things are as dramatic as molten rock contending with seawater. We’ll be talking about all the neato things that are happening and that we may see if the eruption continues. We’re starting with LAZE, which in this More...

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By SLPundit On Saturday, May 26th, 2018
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Of Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting

I’ve surely lamented on a few occasions now the sorry lack of passerine-themed articles here at Tet Zoo. For a group that constitutes over 60% of extant bird diversity, it surely doesn’t feel that they’ve More...

By SLPundit On Friday, May 25th, 2018
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What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?

Matt Trusheim flips a switch in the darkened laboratory, and an intense green laser illuminates a tiny diamond locked in place beneath a microscope objective. On a computer screen an image appears, a fuzzy green More...

By SLPundit On Friday, May 25th, 2018
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Colorado Charts a New Path Away from Floodwaters

The view from Stoney River Lodge, just off U.S. 34 between Loveland and Estes Park, Colo., is what owner Linda Napier calls a slice of heaven carved from ancient rock. The steep ledge of Palisade Mountain rises More...

By SLPundit On Friday, May 25th, 2018
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Children, Fatal Illness and the Nature of Suffering

The recent story of Alfie Evans, a British infant who died in April of a neurodegenerative disease, has reignited the international debate about how we think about medical care for children with incurable conditions. More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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Computers Predict Pop Chart Success

An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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Gut Sensor Could Monitor Health–and Beam Results to a Smartphone

Researchers have devised a new way to get a sneak peek into what’s going on deep in your digestive system, creating a swallowable sensor that, with the help of engineered bacteria and a tiny electrical More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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As CO2 Levels Rise, Rice Becomes Less Nutritious

One of the world’s most important food crops may be declining in quality due to greenhouse gas emissions. The results of a major study, published yesterday in Science Advances, suggest that rice—a More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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Challenges for Science in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico

Eight months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the day-to-day crises are far fewer for most of us, but the island remains a profoundly changed place. One of the most pernicious challenges More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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We Need to Stop Moving the Goalposts for Autism

How many children have “autism”? Is that number increasing? Is there an “epidemic” of autism or have we merely been continually refining it, expanding it and moving the goalposts since More...