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Wes Dingman

Our brains are naturally better protected from insult and injury than most of our other organs. more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Before life arrived, most of the carbon on our planet was either in the form of carbonate minerals in rocks or as carbon dioxide gas, and most of the latter existed either in the atmosphere or dissolved in the ocean. more

May 31, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

From dust we come and to dust we shall return. That fits with what we know about cosmology. more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Consider that many of our current economic practices are based on promoting growth. more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

You may not like working with an eye on the clock, but just about every cell in your body is doing just that. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

For many decades scientists from a variety of fields such as astronomy, biology and even physics have been investigating or speculating about how life might have evolved here on Earth. more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

In my April 2016 column I wrote about some of the “ecosystem services” provided by forests. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

This is not science fiction. Like editing a newspaper, we now have the tools that allow us to edit the genes of organisms. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Training our domestic animals to cooperate with us has been an age old practice. But cooperating with untrained and unshackled wild animals is a much rarer phenomenon. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Aside from human impacts on climate, the Earth’s climate for the past million years seems to have been driven largely by both the so-called Milankovitch cycles and the changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide induced by these cycles. more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

In August’s column I reviewed the policies promoted by the six minor political parties that exist in this country more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Political parties, that is. Unfortunately the two major parties tend to be focused on pandering to the big businesses and corporations, often by promoting legislation de-regulating these industries. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Humans, because of our numbers and because of our mobility, have become the reservoirs and victims of many devastating diseases. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

First the facts: More than in many countries, people in this country often seem to have difficulty dealing with the topic of sex in a rational manner. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Most evolutionary changes have taken place in tiny steps, because the testing of small changes in form or function for survivability in a particular environment by means of natural selection is often terribly slow. more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

My dictionary defines wilderness as any significantly large, uncultivated, and uninhabited (by humans) region on Earth. more

Apr 6, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

The journey from basic research in biological science to the arrival of new and beneficial medical interventions is often long and convoluted. more

Mar 2, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

The word ‘autophagy’ simply means consuming one’s self. It may sound gross but it has proven to be a highly important process for preserving our health. more

Jan 27, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user Lawrence OP via Creative Commons

The human population continues to expand, not as rapidly as during the Twentieth Century, but still rapidly enough to generate significant concern about how we’ll feed, not only the more than 9 billion of us expected by 2050, but also... more

Jan 6, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Arguments between those who would like to see more of our terrestrial and marine natural areas preserved and those who believe that jobs and propping up our faltering economy should be our chief priorities... more

Nov 25, 2015 12:00 PM Community Columnists 2 Comments

Our brains are naturally better protected from insult and injury than most of our other organs. more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

From dust we come and to dust we shall return. That fits with what we know about cosmology. more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Consider that many of our current economic practices are based on promoting growth. more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

You may not like working with an eye on the clock, but just about every cell in your body is doing just that. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

For many decades scientists from a variety of fields such as astronomy, biology and even physics have been investigating or speculating about how life might have evolved here on Earth. more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

In my April 2016 column I wrote about some of the “ecosystem services” provided by forests. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 PM Community Columnists

This is not science fiction. Like editing a newspaper, we now have the tools that allow us to edit the genes of organisms. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Training our domestic animals to cooperate with us has been an age old practice. But cooperating with untrained and unshackled wild animals is a much rarer phenomenon. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Aside from human impacts on climate, the Earth’s climate for the past million years seems to have been driven largely by both the so-called Milankovitch cycles and the changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide induced by these cycles. more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

In August’s column I reviewed the policies promoted by the six minor political parties that exist in this country more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Political parties, that is. Unfortunately the two major parties tend to be focused on pandering to the big businesses and corporations, often by promoting legislation de-regulating these industries. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Humans, because of our numbers and because of our mobility, have become the reservoirs and victims of many devastating diseases. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

First the facts: More than in many countries, people in this country often seem to have difficulty dealing with the topic of sex in a rational manner. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Most evolutionary changes have taken place in tiny steps, because the testing of small changes in form or function for survivability in a particular environment by means of natural selection is often terribly slow. more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

My dictionary defines wilderness as any significantly large, uncultivated, and uninhabited (by humans) region on Earth. more

Apr 6, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

The journey from basic research in biological science to the arrival of new and beneficial medical interventions is often long and convoluted. more

Mar 2, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

The word ‘autophagy’ simply means consuming one’s self. It may sound gross but it has proven to be a highly important process for preserving our health. more

Jan 27, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

VN_FamiliesFirstThanksgivin.jpg

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Lawrence OP via Creative Commons

The human population continues to expand, not as rapidly as during the Twentieth Century, but still rapidly enough to generate significant concern about how we’ll feed, not only the more than 9 billion of us expected by 2050, but also... more

Jan 6, 2016 12:00 PM Community Columnists

Arguments between those who would like to see more of our terrestrial and marine natural areas preserved and those who believe that jobs and propping up our faltering economy should be our chief priorities... more

Nov 25, 2015 12:00 PM Community Columnists 2 Comments

As it stands today the term “GMO” has come to mean any organism, most often a fruit, vegetable, or grain that has been genetically modified by means the newer techniques used in genetic engineering. more

Nov 4, 2015 12:05 PM Community Columnists

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