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The Toxic Sex

Women tend to live longer than men.  We see this trend definitively in birth and death records going back centuries, and the pattern may even stretch into ancient human history.  Of course, the sad fact is that the life expectancy … Continue reading

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Destination Unknown

Life on Earth evolves (changes) in response to a variety natural forces.  These forces that can drive long-term evolution in species are numerous (and still being worked out by biologists).  For the record, the most well-known and controversial of them … Continue reading

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Life in the Oxford Valley

The Bosphorus is the narrow strait connecting the cold, vast, and shallow Black Sea to the much warmer and more saline Mediterranean Sea.  Straddled by the city of Istanbul and its 11 million inhabitants, the Bosphorus (from the Greek “ox-ford”) … Continue reading

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Basics

We have science for a lot of reasons.  To cure disease, build a better missile, improve the resolution on my television, design a better iPhone, keep the lights on, curtail the obesity epidemic, and so on.  I could group most … Continue reading

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Independent Minds

Approximately one-third of American adults self-identify or register as political “independents,” declining membership in any political party.  By some estimates, the number of political independent voters vastly outstrips the number of self-identified Democrats or Republicans.  However, party registration records or … Continue reading

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The Epitome of American Efficiency

“The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency.  Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful, and a snootful at the same time?” Attributed to Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States (1974-1977)

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Why Muller’s Ratchet?

In 1931, geneticist Hermann Joseph Muller gave a speech at a scientific conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. In his remarks, Dr. Muller proposed a theory to answer a long-standing and controversial question: why do so many organisms use sexual reproduction … Continue reading

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