How do you demonize scientists who added 3 genes to the 30,000 in rice in order to stop vitamin A deficiencies in poor countries with rice-dominated diets? There are zero pitfalls to it yet an elaborate, well-funded marketing campaign has been leveled against it.
A recent article suggested that many of the buttons/toggles
that we experience in our daily lives don't actually do anything, but that simply reinforce an expectation and foster a superstition.
The problem with this article is that it doesn't actually offer any evidence that these buttons don't work. I know that despite the assertion in the article, many people are skeptical about whether some buttons make a difference [i.e. close elevator door], but equally there are enough incidences that demonstrate that they do work most of the time.
Pizza may be symptomatic of many First World problems: 50% of Europe is overweight or obese and there is concern about hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke or certain cancers linked to nutrition.
So what do European politicians do? They set out to fund pizza science so that it still tastes great but is less likely to kill you instead of, you know, eating less pizza.
Don't get me wrong, I love capitalism. I have zero problem with Sugar Frosted Chocolate Bombs on Saturday morning cartoons or some guy from "The Sopranos" telling me women will like me more if I pour tequila from a bottle cap, and I have no problem with someone selling a healthier pizza. It just seems like there is an easier solution.
Most mammals aren't monogamous, nor are most anything except birds, where it happens in about 90% of cases.
It's actually quite rare in mammals (5%), so why did it evolve? Was it to be better parents together, to protect offspring from being killed by other males or instead to protect women from competitors? Well, it depends on who you ask.
Being a solitary individual who can't run all over the place protecting females from other males wins the prize, according to Cambridge zoologists Lukas and Clutton-Brock, who looked at 2,000 species of mammals and determined that when breeding females didn't like each other and female density was low, a monogamous mating strategy developed because males were unable to defend multiple females from other males.
The Dolomites are a mountain range in north-eastern Italy. They take their name from the mineral called dolomite, a carbonate rock which gives these mountains a characteristic pale pink colour, especially notable at sunset. Their composition is also responsible, at least in part, for their shape.
Most of the peaks are in the 2500-3000 meters of height above sea level, the tallest being mount "Marmolada", at 3342 meters. Despite being less tall than other mountain ridges in the Italian Alps, the Dolomites are reknowned for their breathtaking landscapes, as well as for the ski slopes they offer, especially -but not only- in the region around Cortina d'Ampezzo.
9-year-old Carissa Yip is probably better at chess than you. She is certainly better than me and already better than 93 percent of the 51,000 plus players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation.
She has set a goal to reach 2,100 this year; an Expert is anyone ranked over 2,000 while at 2,200 you are considered a Master. She also wants to one day become the first female to win the overall championship — not just in the female category, her father told The Boston Globe
"Those among us who are anthropologically inclined tend to view a can or bottle of soda as an instantly recognizable symbol of everything that is wrong with Western civilization as we know it" is the first sign indication that you have left planet Earth and officially joined the alternative universe of Woo.
And your tour guide is the features director at Martha Stewart Living
. Now, when it comes to celebrity criminals, I like Martha Stewart, mostly because Steve Madden never really bounced back after his prison sentence while Stewart became more popular than ever after her conviction. And I appreciate people who can win against adversity.
I've long said that energy is the biggest issue we face in the 21st century - with energy, I can solve the problems of food and water and that helps solve poverty too. I can even turn lead into gold.
It would be great to study Mars "on location". You could do as much in a day or two, as our rovers could do in years. But there's a conundrum to face. Humans are host to hundreds of trillions of micro-organisms, and we can't be sterilized like a rover; we would die. Can humans explore Mars without introducing Earth life?
What makes Mars so special?
Mars is the planet in our solar system most similar to Earth. It probably had oceans early on, like Earth. Sadly we know almost nothing about the very beginnings of life on Earth.