I was recently asked by an old friend of mine whether I knew anything about the potential hazards of something I had never heard of called galaxolide. Galaxolide is a major player in the fragrance industry, one of a group of synthetic chemicals known generically as artificial musk. And it has a lot of environmental scientists worried.
Like many thousands of people, this spring we found ourselves obsessively watching a pair of eagles raise their young. Responding emotionally to the trials and tribulations of eagle life, we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the empathizing dilemma.
CAN DOLPHINS LEARN THE ART OF CREATIVITY? When two dolphins were denied fish for performing the "tricks" that usually earned them rewards, they couldn't imagine what had gone wrong. Their human coaches were asking them to be creative. Could they rise to the occasion -- and how do we ourselves do when faced with similar, unexpected demands?
Sensationalist media often misrepresents other primates as violent beings, but available data show this is not the case. Across the board, great apes and other animals are predominantly cooperative. Of course, there are very rare examples of what could be called evil violence, but we should not use nonhumans to justify our evil ways.
A wide variety of animals are saved by amazing people throughout Asia, working in extremely poor and dangerous areas. They, and the animals for whom they work, are ambassadors for peace and hope. We must look to them for the inspiration needed to heal a severely wounded planet. We are responsible for who lives and who dies and we must take this responsibility seriously.
Highlights from the evolution of exceptionalism, from natural history and religious history where we really lean into saying"You may think I'm being selfish when I say I deserve more than you do, but notice how generous I am in saying that my clanspeople deserve more than you do also."
New research shows that female australopithecenes were more likely than males to travel away from their childhood home. Can we interpret the new data without falling victim to outdated imagery or popular new simplifications?
Grief is what we feel when someone or something we love and really care about is threatened or no longer within our reach. At times of serious loss, if we allow it and pay attention, we will also see that love is what gets us through the ups and downs.
Addiction might mean dark, bitter, milk, or white chocolate, however- all are valid flavors. This cartoon probably won't help solve your problem, unfortunately. A cartoon about craving chocolate - everyone does it.