For those Americans who have been materially successful, it may seem like everyone else simply chose not to follow the same path, but the reality is that most Americans don't know how to find that path.
Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.
We wondered what was up, and the answer was a bit surprising, most of the ropes can be traced back to a couple of 9-year-old girls. What? That's right, two kids with a big idea had a huge impact on the ecosystem of the region.
Not for the first time, an animal has been accidentally boiled alive in a research laboratory. This time it was at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech...
It is odd how triumphalist rhetoric pervades campaigns against anthropocentrism. Every perceived strike against human exceptionalism, for example the Copernican universe or Darwin's Theory of Evolution, is presented as one more step in human progress.
The soldier and airport security guy are pointing, pointing. What do they want? Not my camera. Not my car clicker. It's my pen. A Paper Mate soft g...
Did I immediately run to my kitchen, find a banana and try this new method? I did. And it works. Will I abandon the technique I've been using since the Nixon administration? Highly unlikely. Old habits die hard.
A short stroll before dinner last Thursday yielded a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting -- along with the photos necessary to prove that it really happened.
Honduras is like the monkey who locked up the zookeeper. This little tropical realm has put away the constrained thinking that keeps others stuck in unproductive routines, and allowed its wildness to escape the margins.
When I bring up this case of the ocean-crossing monkeys, scientists and non-scientists alike often react with undisguised incredulity. Even people who would normally take me seriously are likely to flash a bemused smile. After all, how could monkeys possibly get across the Atlantic?
Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?
When people hear the word "Borneo" they typically think two things: unexplored and expensive. While Borneo is definitely not a cheap destination, especially since the Malaysian ringgit is doing well against the dollar, there are ways to explore its rain forests and keep your wallet intact.
From ancient temples crawling with monkeys and rats to desolate beaches teeming with exotic wildlife, here are 10 unusual places to connect with nature.
Compiling a detailed volume on all the primates of the world had been attempted a few times in the past, but never in a way that captured the full diversity of these creatures. I decided I would take on this task.
Against all odds, the great apes have hung on in remote pockets of the world into the 21st century. Their fate will decided in the remainder of the century, as we grapple with large scale environmental changes that threaten our own lives as well.
As crazy as politics seems to us these days, politics actually has its evolutionary roots in the primate use of "tactical deception," which is just as it sounds: the use of deception to manipulate your fellows into giving you what you want.