The extinction crisis threatens life all over the planet, but scientists are cautious about declaring a species extinct too quickly by John Platt Scientific American edited by O Society June 18, 2019 e’ve been hearing it for years: The world is in the midst of a biodiversity crisis, with species going extinct at a rate … Continue reading Anthropocene: Why Don’t We Hear About More Species Going Extinct?
Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided? by Kevin Laland Aeon edited by O Society May 16, 2019 When researchers at Emory University in Atlanta trained mice to fear the smell of almonds (by pairing it with electric shocks), they found, to their consternation, that both the children … Continue reading Science in Flux: Evolution unleashed
Even a predator like the great white shark can have a fearsome enemy.DAVE J HOGAN / GETTY by Ed Yong Atlantic edited by O Society May 12, 2019 The great white shark—a fast, powerful, 16-foot-long torpedo that’s armed to the teeth with teeth—has little to fear except fear itself. But also: killer whales.For almost 15 … Continue reading Apex Predator Makes Great White Sharks Flee in Fear
by Terrence McCoy Washington Post edited by O Society May 10, 2019 He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows and sounds. Ammann had driven across the country to reach this remote river village, … Continue reading More Tigers Now Live in Cages Than in the Wild.
Der Panther by Rainer Maria Rilke His gaze, from the passing of the bars, Has grown so weary, it cannot hold anything anymore. He feels as if there were a thousand bars, And behind the thousand bars no world. The soft tread of supple strong steps That turns in the tiniest of circles Is like … Continue reading The Panther: Poetry Corner
by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs edited by O Society April 19, 2019 Today I gave a talk to Alabama college students on the subject of “freedom.” They were a delightful group with excellent questions and I really enjoyed hanging out with them. Below is the prepared text of this speech: I am asked to talk … Continue reading What is Freedom?
by O Society April 1, 2019 You will notice the O Society header image changed. Another place you can see this image is Naked Capitalism. I read their page daily. Suggest you do as well. Here's something from their page today (they are fellow snow leopard lovers as well as economics people): https://youtu.be/AuXVJi_2t5U In Sailugemsky … Continue reading Saving Snow Leopards in Russia