Science Frictions

Remembering Steve

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A tribute to my friend Stephen Jay Gould

Till We Meet Again

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And thanks for dropping by

How Mauve Was Her Garment

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The effect of coal tar on Queen Victoria’s gown

Saturn

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How the sixth planet from the sun is like a rubber duck

Darwin’s Finches

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In the Galápagos, a speed course on evolution

Our Artful Brain

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What it takes to take in, say, a Picasso

How Flowers Changed the World

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They still do, every spring

My Father

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Those Other Ancestors

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Neandertals were big, with bigger intellects than you might think

Our National Raptor

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The bald eagle makes a big impression, but its voice is small

Visit to a Small, Cold Planet

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Ancient Romans named Mercury for their messenger of the gods

Ode to (Silent) Spring

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Rachel Carson, who died 49 years ago this month, made a difference

Where There’s a Will …

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Do we think, therefore we do—or is it the other way around?

Big as a VW, or Lost on a Pin

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Jellyfish are pests with redeeming qualities

Enchantment and Deception

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Nabokov found both, in nature and in art

Behold the Butterfly

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Monarchs flit far afield; other species stick close to home

I’m Going Native

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Why my beautiful butterfly bush is no better than kudzu

Please Pass the Salt

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Our bodies need sodium chloride—in moderation

A Great Event

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From the Sun to the supper table

The Higgs Boson

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Elusive, long-sought, a defining moment of the 21st century

The Bad and the Beautiful

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Botulism is deadly, but in minute quantities it smoothes wrinkles

Science: Why Bother?

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Let me (a onetime history major) count the whys

Dark and Stormy Month

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Now is the winter of our discontent, made bearable by the promise of sun

My Formerly Identical Twin

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Genes are one thing, genetic switches another …

Toilet Talk, Part 2

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New technology can save water and combat killer diseases

Herschel and the Steelheads

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It’s time to bust the sea-lion party and save some Seattle salmon

Dabbling in Darwin

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The polymathic Victorian is good company on a winter’s evening

Galileo’s Spyglass

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The telescope resulted from his improvements to a mere curiosity

Science v. Poetry

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Worlds apart, and yet alike in many ways

Toilet Talk, Part 1

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More than a matter of waste not, want not

Jupiter and the Galilean Satellites

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Our largest planet and its moons inspire shock and awe

Elephant: Not an Elegy

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Big and bright, long-lived and loyal, they engage our imagination

Black Holes

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After some stars collapse, even light cannot escape

Valles Caldera

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An ancient wonder is found not far from the atomic era’s birthplace

Blood Lines

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The who, what, when, where, and how of a fluid tissue

Geology My Way

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Morton Gneiss is a Minnesota rock, not a rock star

Let It Shine

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Light, from the Southwest’s high desert to the surface of Mars

My Kingdom for a Horse

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Homo sapiens seeks equine companionship for work and pleasure

The Lay of the Land

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Through the eons with plate tectonics

They Work Hard for their Honey

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So you better treat them right

Wake to Sleep

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What happens in the brain when we drift off to dreamland

Venus

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As our twin turns

Here, Kitty Kitty

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For I will consider my cats Frisky, Buster, Snuffy, etc.

Remembering Steve

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A tribute to my friend Stephen Jay Gould

Waste Not

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Ants in Your Pants

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Bugs’ Eyes and Our Eyes

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My Week in the Woods

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Nocturne

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Going Viral

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Doug-Fir Days

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Go Team!

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Crow

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Head in Clouds

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Poseidon’s Revenge

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Reading Minds

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Remembering Abraham Lincoln

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Farmers and Their Farms

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Arachne’s Cobweb

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Dream On

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Creation Story

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Looking Up and Down

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Mars on My Mind

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Time to Milk the Cows

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Our Mastodon

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A Bug Is Not a Beetle

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Brilliant Old Brains

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Life Among the Weeds

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Blue Notes

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Note to Fellow … Life Cycle

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Tunnel Work

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Tetélestai

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Toba

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Alone and Freezing Cold

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Life

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Habitat Me

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Oxygen

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Elementary, My Dear …

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Family Matters

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Fungus, Fried

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Our Red Giant

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The Book of Life, Hard Copy

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What Do Worms Want?

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Ocean

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Dogs and Us

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Beauty and the Blue Bottle Fly

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Small Is Beautiful

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Coal Is a Rock That Burns

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When Bugs Were Bigger

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Endless Arms Most Beautiful

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The Red Room

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The Moon

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Our Life’s Purpose

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