Altruism is common in all kingdoms of life. From an evolutionary perspective, altruism arises when it confers a decided benefit to a population or individuals which practice it.
Industrialization has furnished a wondrous plethora of consumer products. The materials for these conveniences have come from gouging the earth for its metals and minerals. The costs of this environmental desecration include pollution that maims and kills life for miles around. China exemplifies the Faustian bargain of consumerism.
In 2014, US President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a “regional power.” Yet Russia under Vladimir Putin is politically punching far above its weight.
Modern science is full of fictions. Widely accepted theories are bogus. The problem begins with a false construct of reality.
Russia is serious about climate change. Alas, it’s the wrong kind of seriousness.
Climate modelers continue to refine their assumptions about the sensitivity of global warming to greenhouse gases. Cloud cover is the latest refinement.
Milk is a mammal’s first food. Mother’s milk is the natural diet of infants. Breast feeding confers health benefits that last a lifetime. Beyond infancy, and aside from mother’s milk, the bodily damage from milk exceeds its nutritional benefit.
There have been many mass extinction events on Earth. The one currently underway is somewhat novel.
The most-trafficked part of the Internet is the World Wide Web, an open information space where documents and other resources are accessed. The Web’s history exemplifies an abyss of core competency in the software industry.
The oceans have absorbed ~90% of the warming from man-made pollution. Several trend changes in ocean currents have resulted. Among them is that the Gulf Stream is slowing. The mainstream media has reported this slowdown as a source of impending calamity in weather events, including warmer southern American winters and colder European winters. There is no such consensus among climatologists.
Tardigrades are tiny, nearly translucent aquatic animals, found all over the world. Tardigrades are commonly known as water bears.
Freedom has a price. Does freedom have value?
The incomes and wealth of the richest Americans have grown astoundingly this century. Meantime, the poorest Americans have remained so.
Whereas our desires propel us through life, unintended consequences more profoundly shape the world in which we live.
Certain localized energy fields quantize into the phenomenal form called “matter,” which is Nature’s sublime deception. As Nature is flagrant display of diversity, among the zoo of quanta are particles whose seeming existence is merely mathematical, but with behavior that has material effect. These are quasiparticles.
Seed germination illustrates that vital energy is the essentiality of life.
Warm water expands. The rate of sea level rise depends upon both how quickly the oceans warm and how fast polar ice melts. Recent historical research of the Greenland ice sheet discovered that melting has as much to do with how sustained warming is as how quickly it warms.
In 1955, when 2 million tonnes of plastic were produced globally, Life magazine celebrated the dawn of “throw-away living,” thanks to disposable plastics. 60 years later, in 2015, 406 million tonnes of plastic were produced worldwide; a figure that keeps rising at a meteoric rate.
Farming has long had outsized political pull, owing to the disproportionate electoral power of rural areas over cities in ostensible democracies. Farm subsidies and tariffs on agricultural imports are common throughout the world; highlighting the hypocrisy of capitalists, who proclaim free trade as a cardinal virtue.
In his continuing campaign to pull the wool over the flock’s eyes, evil shepherd Trump destroyed the map of the egregious pollution produced by his cohorts. Unchecked pollution has a checkered American history.
2.8 million Americans are sickened by antibiotic-resistant pathogens each year. 35,000 die for lack of effective treatment. Meanwhile, companies doing their best to develop effective new drugs are going bankrupt. The situation illustrates one way in which capitalism is misaligned with the well-being of society.
Crabs are an eminently successful group of thick-shelled, decapod crustaceans with a single pair of claws which are used like hands. Crabs live in all the world’s oceans, in fresh water, and on land. Despite having tiny brains, crabs are quite cagey.
Children attend to all that goes on. Range of attention naturally narrows into adulthood.
One of the most telling indicators of future success seen in young children is impulse control. Sense of time defines the quality of our lives.
Life on Earth emerged many times. Cells of several sorts arose, their chemistry and structures confined to certain parameters of potentiality. The possibilities were delimited by efficiencies and data facility. Indeed, information has always been the defining feature of life, as has been sharing.