David Epstein talks about his 2013 bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance and his recent Scientific American article Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at the Brave New Olympics.
Habitual readers of this column may recall me mentioning that I have two cats. Or perhaps I should rephrase in light of the old adage "dogs have owners; cats have staff." So let's say that two cats have deigned to live with me in return for various services I provide, such as food delivery, health care and the administration of belly rubs.
Each summer, the National Center for Science Education organizes a boat trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to bring visitors face to wall-face with striking examples of geological and evolutionary processes.
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When I was a kid, the taunt "Your mother wears Army boots" had not yet gone completely out of fashion. But the razz packed no punch for me. I could respond, "Actually she wears Marine Corps boots, and she will beat the hell out of your mother."
Just like humans have to learn to talk, songbirds aren't just born singing-they have to learn to carry a tune. "So in the beginning they just babble." Raissa de Boer, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. "And they learn from a tutor, so they need an example song in order to learn it."
For most people, Jupiter's most recognizable-and mysterious-feature is the Great Red Spot. For centuries, astronomers have watched the storm spin across the giant world's face. But for planetary scientists, Jupiter's most distinctive mystery may be what's called the "energy crisis" of its upper atmosphere: how do temperatures average about as warm as Earth's even though the enormous planet is more than fives times further away from the sun?
In the early 19 th century, the fur industry reached what was then known as the Oregon Territories. Lewis and Clark found massive numbers of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout there, swimming among the beaver dams scattered across the Columbia River Basin.
Great frigate birds are extraordinary creatures. They're seabirds with six-foot wingspans, yet they weigh only about three pounds. Their preferred food: flying fish -which they pluck out of the air above the water's surface. Frigate birds' feathers aren't waterproof, so landing on the water to fish is a no-go.
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