Archive | June, 2013

Cary Fowler

Cary Fowler | The Future of Food

I’ve been fascinated with crop diversity for about thirty-five years now, ever since I stumbled across a fairly obscure academic article by a guy named Jack Harlan. He described diversity within crops — all the different kinds of wheat and rice and such — as a genetic resource. He said, “This genetic resource,” — and I’ll never forget the words — “stands between us and catastrophic starvation on a scale […]

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Nathan Hill | No more mindless goldfish

A myth abounds in many of us, fed to us at an early age and carried with us into adulthood: a goldfish has a three-second memory. This supposed fact has resulted in numerous jokes, memes, and punch lines. It is the common- knowledge gem that any Joe on the street can tell you about our underwater neighbors. The fish brain has become synonymous with poor recollection, the humble, boggly-eyed bowl […]

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Winged Migration

Amazing animals

There are hundreds of great movies about animals—although perhaps more of them appear on public television and the Internet than in movie theaters. Fictionalized accounts of animal heroism, such as The Black Stallion and The Incredible Journey, have been popular among children and the young at heart for decades. In recent years, documentaries like March of the Penguins and the incredible Blue Planet series, have informed audiences of the real-life feats […]

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John C. Lilly, MD

John C. Lilly, M.D. | The Dolphins Revisited

…We have decided to go back to the dolphin work, examine it very carefully, and do some entirely new work with the dolphins. Dolphins are very exciting to work with. They are playful, curious, and develop very close attachments for humans. They are infinitely patient with us. In all of our work with the dolphins no one was badly injured over a thirteen-year period. …Their discipline with humans in the […]

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