In Eve Ensler’s latest play, “O.P.C.,” the protagonist struggles to define a new way of living by confronting what she sees as society’s obsession with overconsumption. The young woman, named Romi, is driven by her belief that society is losing time in which to address the mounting ecological crisis. It is this sense of urgency that people immersed in the science around climate change can’t help but live with, said Naomi Klein, an author and syndicated columnist. Read more about Confronting despair with hope
Here in the United States, many people have become almost oblivious to the daily drumbeat of opinion pollsters declaring what the public thinks about political candidates and leaders. But how people in other countries view their heads of state, and those of other major nations, is terrain that’s not nearly as well-mapped. Read more about Grading 10 top world leaders
In a triumph for cell biology, researchers have assembled the first high-resolution, 3-D maps of entire folded genomes and found a structural basis for gene regulation, a kind of “genomic origami” that allows the same genome to produce different types of cells. The research appears online Thursday in the journal Cell. Read more about Creating ‘genomic origami’
It’s a cliché to say it takes a village to raise a child, but it’s a cliché some creatures have taken to heart.
A handful of animals, including ants, bees, termites, and some birds, are what scientists call “eusocial.” That is, they live in tight-knit groups in which some individuals give up some of their reproductive capacity to care for the offspring of others.
While there has been extensive study on how such reproductive strategies might emerge, the question that has long remained unanswered is why an organism might adopt such a strategy in the first place. Read more about Reproductive strategies