| Mar 25, 2004

Male-killers on the loose

by Rowan Hooper

Things are never what they seem. Men certainly aren’t, according to the American writer Marilyn French: “Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists, and that’s all they are.” French said ...

Shedding light on dark matter

| Jan 8, 2004

Shedding light on dark matter

by Rowan Hooper

These days, you never hear people complaining that science destroys the wonder of the world. They wouldn’t dare. For a beautiful example, look at what was discovered last year. A satellite — the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) — confirmed one of the strangest, ...

| Oct 23, 2003

No rush to judgment

by Rowan Hooper

In a meeting in Heidelberg earlier this month, science historians concluded that German science between 1933 and 1945 was exploitative and unethical. The organizer of the meeting, Wolfgang Eckhart, head of history of medicine at the University of Heidelberg, said in Nature last week: ...

| Oct 9, 2003

Behavior, genes in bed together

by Rowan Hooper

The job of undertaker is not one that is restricted to human society. In honeybee colonies, too, some individuals have the task of removing the cadavers of their dead fellows. Researchers have previously demonstrated that bees are genetically inclined to perform the specialist job ...