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How many degrees to yourself?
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - January 4, 2007 - 12:00am
Count the many gatherings you attended during the holidays and you will see that many of those groups are made up of people who are not genetically related to you. While sharing gifts, food, stories, advice...
2006 ‘gwift’ list
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - December 14, 2006 - 12:00am
The holiday season is naturally my nuttiest time of the year. Here is a list of items that I hilariously wish science would indeed make available as gifts, thus this "gwift" list. If at all you...
The mere idea of money
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - December 7, 2006 - 12:00am
"Money isn’t everything" – people always say that but now science throws in its coin to say that money is certainly not one that fosters cooperation or helpfulness according to a recent...
Bridging two great traditions
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - November 30, 2006 - 12:00am
(Last of two parts) When did we start to think that understanding or truth is the hermit that resides exclusively in either the mathematical computations of the scientist or the inspired strokes of the artist?...
The grapes of youth
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - November 9, 2006 - 12:00am
If science subscribed to the way politics or entertainment fed the media about its breakthroughs, the press conference on the latest on the human quest for the fountain of youth will probably look like this....
Pushing up daisies in style
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - November 2, 2006 - 12:00am
You can now order coffins online. Just like many other things that the Internet has made democratic, we can now include the packaging of death as one of them. In one US website of caskets for sale, they even...
The presence that heals
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - October 26, 2006 - 12:00am
In the universe of things, we humans are always looking for connections. A bee would not be if there were no flowers to pollinate; a spoon would not make sense if there were no liquid nourishment to scoop;...
Moments in science: Aha and Aha-haha
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - October 12, 2006 - 12:00am
(First of two parts) October brings a tale of two separate annual, distinguished science awards. One carries over a million-dollar prize for each field, awarded in a solemn ceremony at Stockholm. It is attended...
Average beauties
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - October 5, 2006 - 12:00am
Think of a face that you find beautiful. To you, that face is distinct and even special but it may surprise you that to science, that face is average – YOUR average. It is the average of all faces that you are...
Out of Africa to call centers
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - September 28, 2006 - 12:00am
Joan will work in a call center, not because it is the only job available to her as many of our graduates complain, but because she and many more others like Joan, could be especially "designed" to work...
Grisha Perelman meets Paris Hilton
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - September 21, 2006 - 12:00am
Meet two characters: Grisha and Paris.
Trouble in the heavens
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - September 7, 2006 - 12:00am
Darn, I have to change my plans. I have observed that some humans are really nice to have – in another planet – in a very distant one – so I was planning to volunteer the names of a few of my relatives...
Lights on, curtains up!
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - August 31, 2006 - 12:00am
Do you think it makes a difference how alert you could be if you let in a bit more sunshine into your room? Ask a blind mouse and chances are, she would say yes.
The death of a language
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - August 24, 2006 - 12:00am
Bawat patak man ng ulang masinsin Ay lagyan ng talim, ako ay sasayi Di ko iindahin ang ulos at hiwa ng mumunting patalim Ang iyong kalinga’y, kanlungang matibay Lilim nito ay langit ng aking tanggulan Pag...
The botany of relief
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - August 3, 2006 - 12:00am
Last week, I went to a hospital basement to find and understand "pain." I realized that in a sense, I was luxuriating in an understanding of "pain" without having to feel it but a chance...
Wedding science gift registry
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - June 29, 2006 - 12:00am
Sorry folks if this gift guide from science is quite late in the making, at least for your own June weddings or those you have to attend this month. But you might just thank me for being late. The then future mom-in-law...
Not showing at theaters near you
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - May 18, 2006 - 12:00am
If I made a movie about chlorophyll, no one would make a fuss about it. Well, it would probably cause a stir among leaf-eating insects whose very existence depends upon the nature of this green molecule. But until...
Finding Jolo
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - May 11, 2006 - 12:00am
‘Chaos specialists’
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - April 27, 2006 - 12:00am
I only had one doll in my entire childhood. My parents chose her for me when I was about three because they said she had the same name I did, recorded inside her. She was one of those talking dolls that had a "player"...
Even physics loves a makeover
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - April 20, 2006 - 12:00am
" I… see… dead… particles." If you think "spooky stuff" happened only in so-called paranormal events, trying to understand the new findings last month in a recent physics experiment...
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