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Michael Mallory


10 Greatest Aliens In Sci-Fi History

Michael Mallory | Posted October 13, 2012

These ten pop-culture visitors from another world have most completely infiltrated our collective consciousness and conquered our imaginations.
Nanette Vonnegut


The Elephant In The Room

Nanette Vonnegut | Posted October 18, 2012

When I am asked, What was it like living with your father? , I have a good answer: It was like living with an elephant for 15 years that was trying to give birth to something twice its size.
Jesse Silverberg


Plant Roots: When Biology Is More Than Biology

Jesse Silverberg | Posted October 8, 2012

Okay, it's a mouth full, but if that doesn't grab you, let me just say watching 100 hours of plant growth in under 10 seconds in 3-D is pretty awesome.
Paul Knoepfler


Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Are Similar to Cancer Cells, But Nobel Prize Still Well-Deserved

Paul Knoepfler | Posted October 8, 2012

My lab just published a somewhat provocative paper (still in unproofed form at this point) arguing that induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are very similar in some ways to cancer cells. As such, the clinical use of iPS cells should wait for a lot more study.
Gregory Schrempp


Mythology and Science; Or, What Do We Want From Popular Science?

Gregory Schrempp | Posted October 8, 2012

Carl Sagan (Cosmos), citing the origin of everyday chemical elements in stars, concludes that "We are, in the most profound sense, children of the Cosmos." Obviously Sagan is not talking literally, but just as certainly he knows the power of anthropomorphic appeal.
Seth Shostak


Science From Hell

Seth Shostak | Posted October 8, 2012

It's enough to make you alternately laugh and cry. But this daffy performance speaks to a problem even larger than Broun's dreadful ignorance. Why is this gentleman in Congress at all?
Rick Tumlinson


Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!

Rick Tumlinson | Posted October 8, 2012

I have been asked how I can so easily cross party lines during this election time, when it comes to supporting or chastising politicians based on their actions regarding the opening of space. Why do I care about opening the space frontier more than any other issue?
Agustin Fuentes


Is Inequality in Our Genes?

Agustin Fuentes | Posted October 8, 2012

Inequality is part of modern humanity, but the ways in which it is maintained and exploited are not fixed in our culture or in our genes. Maybe we need to take a lesson from our recent and distant ancestors and act socially, cooperatively, to mediate and moderate the ways in which inequality plays out in our society.
Allen Frances


The Military Can Do More to Prevent Suicides

Allen Frances | Posted October 31, 2012

The military is to be commended for addressing its suicide problem -- but it needs to get down to root causes and to implement the obvious solutions that might make a difference.
Peter S. Goodman


Mitt Romney, Man of Compassion?

Peter S. Goodman | Posted October 8, 2012

Somewhere between his traditional social circle and the broader world -- a place inhabited by strangers whose jobs might require elimination in pursuit of profit -- Romney seems to lose emotional regard for the troubles of others.