Unprecedented Loss of Species in Coming Years

May 7, 2019

A report by the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), states that one million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on the planet are at risk of extinction within the coming decades unless drastic steps are taken stop human intervention and destruction of habitat throughout the world. threats include climate change, rapid unbanization, plastic contam...

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Monkey Trials go on and on

February 25, 2019

In 1993 I participated in series of debates held in Dallas on the topic of evolutionary theory, and whether the notion of &ldqu...

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Remaking the scientific grant process

October 10, 2018

No one could say that science isn’t big business. According to the current issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, annual expenditu...

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Hippos Take Over Colombia

July 10, 2018


Dr. Ian Malcom, the dour mathematician in the Jurassic Park franchise played by Jeff Goldblum, is constantly remonstrating about the awesome power of genetics, “Life Cannot be contained!” Well, if th...

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The Warrior Gene

March 14, 2018

Recently there has been a good deal of coverage in the popular media of the so-called “warrior gene”, presumable a variant of the gene coding for the enzyme monamine oxidase, which metabolizes neurotransmitters. &n...

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