| 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 ...

Aging can be a laugh

| Aug 28, 2003

Aging can be a laugh

by Rowan Hooper

A teenager is being interviewed for a part-time job. “You’ll get 10,000 yen a week to start off,” says the boss. “Then after a month you’ll get a raise to 15,000 yen a week.” “Great!” says the teenager, “I’ll come back in a month.” ...

| Jul 10, 2003

Sifting through the goo

by Rowan Hooper

It’s been hailed as the first major scientific breakthrough of the 21st century, but in his recent book, “Prey,” Michael Crichton envisioned it taking over the world. Nanotechnology is the science of the very small. It works on the scale of the nanometer, one ...