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Penguin math

Penguin math

During harsh Antarctic winters, temperatures can drop to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit with winds up to 87 miles per hour. To stay warm, emperor penguins squeeze together in compact huddles that can include thousands of birds. But it turns out they don’t bunch together randomly.

Disease Specialists Refute Report That Paints Churches as Breeding Grounds for COVID-19

Disease Specialists Refute Report That Paints Churches as Breeding Grounds for COVID-19

Infectious-disease specialists refuted a report that stated that COVID-19 has “infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps,” linking more than 650 cases in the United States to “religious facilities.” The New York Times reported that “new outbreaks of the coronavirus are surging through churches across the

Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana

Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in Newsweek in February, 1995. While it’s easy to laugh at how far off many of the predictions were, he did foresee how the internet can never fully replace human-to-human contact. After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s

Another adult stem cell breakthrough

Another adult stem cell breakthrough

Scientists have discovered yet another life-giving treatment for disease using adult stem cells, while the number of substantial medical breakthroughs from life-taking embryonic stem cell research remains essentially zero. Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), also known as Devic’s disease, causes the immune system to react against the