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George Cowan, Founding President of Santa Fe Institute: 1920-2012

Welcome to “The 101,” our premiere staff-written blog for breaking news and commentary on today’s most compelling research.

 

Smelliot

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Brevibacterium linens

 

Little L

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Lactobacillus

 

Vanilla Ice

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Pseudomonas syringae

 

The Vibrio Family

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Vibrio

 

The Torpedo

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Bdellovibrio

 

Slick Willy

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Pseudomonas putida

 

Cyano de Bergerac

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Cyanobacteria

 

Space-Age Conan the Bacterium

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Deinococcus radiodurans

 

Bad-Rap Eddy

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: E. coli

 

Stinky Pete, the Prospector

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Streptococcus mutans.

 

State of Embarrassment — Texas

How textbook changes and talk of secession affect the citizen embarrassment level in Texas.

 

State of Embarrassment — Tennessee

How battling Obamacare and being highlighted for corruption affect the citizen embarrassment level in Tennessee.

 

State of Embarrassment — Illinois

How former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and state corruption in general affect the citizen embarrassment level in Illinois.

 

State of Embarrassment — Virginia

How gun laws, Confederate History Month and a statue of Stalin contribute to the citizen embarrassment level in Virginia.

 

State of Embarrassment — New York

How rampant corruption, a governor’s affair with a prostitute and the fall of “America’s Cop” affect the citizen embarrassment level in New York.

 

State of Embarrassment — Arizona

How immigration laws, a state boycott and a “worst sheriff” honor affect the citizen embarrassment level in Arizona.

 

State of Embarrassment — California

How a budget deficit, credit crisis and the Governator affect the citizen embarrassment level in California.

 

Punta Cabras and a Shipwreck

An overturned fishing boat symbolizes the plight of the world’s fisheries.

 

The Limits of Empathy for Outsiders

Two new studies — one sociological, another using brain scans — document and help explain our lack of empathy for perceived outsiders.

 

The New Trans-Atlantic SWIFT Agreement

Will it give European intelligence agencies access to U.S. banking records?

 

Watchdog 2.0

The emergence of a video showing pedestrians mowed down in Baghdad by U.S. gunships illustrates how traditional media’s watchdog role is being usurped.

 

Are Parents Too Involved With Their Children?

While being involved in your children’s lives and studies is intuitively (and statistically) smart, some techniques are better than others.

 

Professor Predicts Baseball’s Best Teams for 2010

The Yankees look to be the dominant team in baseball for 2010, according to a New Jersey Institute of Technology mathematician (and Mets fan).

 

Wood and Civilization

Wood, as fuel and building material, is the unsung hero of the technological developments that brought humanity from a bone-and-stone culture to the Industrial Revolution.

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How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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