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Breasts (Florence Williams)

Everybody loves them, but few men (or women) take them seriously.  Human breasts are admired and abused, shaped and enhanced, and — in the modern age — often never used for their evolved purpose. The story and science of breasts … Continue reading

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Not Digging the Dinos

I enjoy a good dinosaur book as much as any former nine-year old, but was honestly disappointed with two new dino books this year. How to Build a Dinosaur by well-known paleontologist Jack Horner, was the first.  The author’s name … Continue reading

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Every Living Thing (Rob Dunn)

“Life will not be contained. Life breaks free. It expands to new territories, crashes through barriers… Life finds a way.” When Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum in the movie Jurassic Park) said those words, he was foreshadowing the disastrous … Continue reading

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The Pluto Files (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Seventy-nine years ago today in Flagstaff, Arizona, young Clyde Tombaugh noticed a dot move on successive photographic plates. It was Pluto shifting against a background of fixed stars. For the next three-quarters of century, Pluto was the oddball ninth planet … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Darwin Dual Bicentennial

A remarkable coincidence will be observed next week.  Two men who made enormous impacts on the world were born on the same day two hundred years ago: February 12, 1809.  Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest American president, was born in … Continue reading

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