Star Trek Quote Check

“Stop thinking with your glands!” —Captain James T. Kirk Star Trek: The Original Series—Volume #3, Episode #6, “The Man Trap” Stardate: 1513.1 Airdate: September 8, 1966 Pulling quotes from the original Star Trek episodes is like eating pistachios — once you start, you just can’t stop. Did the script writers realize how hilarious these lines […]

Bee All You Can Bee

Here’s a great grassroots solution to an ecological problem: urban beekeepers.  In an encouraging story, the New York Times reports that several municipalities have recently made it legal to keep bee hives within city limits. When I toured the White House garden a couple months ago, I was delighted to see that Michelle Obama has a […]

‘An Elegant Example of Evolution in Action’

While leprosy has long been regarded as a rural disease, the reasons why have been little understood. But scientists now think the answer may have to do with the way cities  serve as a factor in natural selection: The gene variant that protects against certain diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy—which have been around for thousands […]

Super Sheek

Over at Science Friday, Ira Flatow & co. have been trying to come up with an alternative word for “geek” since it’s become “a little chic”. Gee, I’m not sure whether to say “thanks” or “oh, dear.” I do like some of the suggestions: sheek; Flatow, techno-sexual, asinine…