In order for Lyme disease to properly proliferate in an area, to the point that you have to check every square inch of your body for ticks when you get home from a pleasant walk in the woods, you need a few things. You need a healthy-sized population of the host species, a deer tick called lxodes ...
Today I respond to Francis’ most recent post: an objection to the L.A. Times’ use of e-commerce links in its online edition to generate ad revenue. In this case, I think the ends justify the means: The L.A. Times still performs a good public service, but since it’s not making enough money, the e ...
Canadians live not only longer, but healthier lives than their American counterparts, according to a study in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal Population Health Metrics. Canadians and Americans share a common border, our standards of living are very similar, and our health care ...
What is the future role of the world’s great libraries, and librarians? Harvard Magazine considers what will become of one University’s vast collections in the age of digitization, and finds a happy answer. Or rather, finds that when forced to subtly re-define themselves, librarians are uniquely ...
Some believe we should move a system where health insurers pay a fixed, up-front cost for each particular health problem—and let the hospital and caregivers use the money as they see fit.
"To achieve deep focus nowadays is also to have struck a blow against the dissipation of self; it is to have strengthened one’s essential position," writes Sven Birkerts.
"What's the difference between a frog, a chicken, a mouse and a human? Not as much as you'd think, according to an analysis of the first sequenced amphibian genome."
Have any memories of the May 1980 Mt. Saint Helens eruption? Send them in for Eruptions 30th anniversary commemoration.
"Arctic amplification" refers to the fact that the region is warming twice as quickly as the rest of the planet—and as ice warms, exposing more ocean water, the process naturally speeds up.
There is no single part of the human brain that gives it advanced language capabilities. Rather, humans rely on multiple parts of the brain to extract meaning from sentences.
Paul Krugman writes that the Greek crisis demonstrates the dangers of nations putting themselves in a "policy straitjacket."
"The term 'slow travel' is tied to a burgeoning movement to return to a time when life’s pleasures were savored, to a time when people appreciated the going as much as the getting there," writes Nancy Keates.
Plenty of people on Wall Street knew that a crash was coming—and that they responded by grabbing all the profit they could, writes Christopher Hayes. He thinks they should face criminal sanctions.
"The May 1 riots in Berlin's Kreuzberg district have become an annual ritual. ... Now an American anti-capitalist activist has started giving tours of the neighborhood's hot spots to foreign visitors."
La Santa Muerte, Holy Death, "is only one among several otherworldly figures Mexicans have been turning to as their country has been overwhelmed by every possible difficulty."