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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

EVOLUTION EVOLVES TOO

IF EVOLUTION’S clock were wound back and restarted, would I be here to compose these lines or you to read them? This provocative question is addressed in Jonathan Losos’ book … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE TREE(S) OF LIFE

HOW COME tree-of-life diagrams always have humans at the top? A heady thought, this. There are subtleties galore in today’s evolutionary theory. Indeed, profound changes are taking place in how … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

WHACHAMACALLIT?

SCIENCE TYPICALLY avoids the word “whachamacallit,” which, with cool dictionary humor, Merriam-Webster defines as a “thingamajig.” What’s more, humor possibly thought rare for science is discussed in Gregory R. Goldsmith’s … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

SCULPTURE OF THE STONE AGE

IT’S SAID THAT Michelangelo “liberated bodies that were trapped in blocks of marble.” And, hundreds of millennia before this, stone age hominins chipped away at stone to reveal tools and, … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

SCIENCE TIDBITS PART 2

THE AMERICAN Association for the Advancement of Science publishes a weekly magazine, Science. Yesterday’s SimanaitisSays offered Part 1 of its recent tidbits. Here’s Part 2. Could artificial intelligences get the … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE TIDBITS PART 1

I AM a science dilettante in the original sense of this word. “Dilettante,” which today may carry a sense of superficiality, comes from the Latin, dilectare, “to delight.” That is, … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

WHENCE U.S. OIL THESE DAYS?

WHAT WITH the world at sixes and sevens (now there’s a phrase to investigate!), it’s worth identifying the sources of petroleum and its products imported into the U.S. Recent data … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · 1 Comment