Alyson Hockenberry

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What’s in a Scream?

Edvard Munch created his most famous image after taking a sunset walk outside Christiania (now Oslo), during which he sensed what his journal records as “a great, unending scream piercing through nature.” Indeed, the natural world is full of screams. When one rhesus monkey attacks another, for …

Tangled Up in Entanglement

No area of physics causes more confusion, not just among the general public but also among physicists, than quantum mechanics. On the one hand, it’s the source of New Age mythology, and has enabled hucksters to peddle new self-help cures; on the other, for the philosophically inclined, it has …

Quantum Physics

What the Government’s Dietary Guidelines May Get Wrong

It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for Tom Vilsack and Sylvia Mathews Burwell. As the heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, respectively, Vilsack and Burwell are responsible for issuing this year’s update to the Dietary Guidelines for …

The Strangers in Your Brain

Biologists often say that the most dangerous thing a cell can do is divide. This is because, during the complex process of replication—the unspooling of DNA, the assembling of two genomes from the halves of one—there is always the chance that the cell will make a mistake. Mutations can cost an …

Biology

Who Owns the Patent on Nutmeg?

The next time your neighborhood barista offers you a character sketch of the beans that went into making your Chemex pour-over, try asking him about biopiracy, the appropriation of indigenous knowledge of nature by corporations and other profit-seekers. If you live in the United States, chances are …

Intellectual Property

Are Cats Domesticated?

"The cat does not offer services," William Burroughs wrote. "The cat offers itself." But it does so with unapologetic ambivalence. Greet a cat enthusiastically and it might respond with nothing more than a few unhurried blinks. Later, as you're trying to work, it will commandeer your lap, keyboard, …

Pets