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Stories by Jennifer Jacquet

The chimpanzee and the whale: two recent views

“Research on chimpanzees is contentious, expensive, and of increasingly limited necessity,” wrote medical researchers in a piece titled “Guiding limited use of chimpanzees in research” published last week in the journal Science .

January 12, 2012 — Jennifer Jacquet

Infinite Balance: Nature and Human Nature

It's not true that aesthetics must be be compromised for meaning. I visited the excellent Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment show at San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts earlier this week, which features the shortlist for the Prix Pictet contest, the world’s top (and only?

January 6, 2012 — Jennifer Jacquet

Finding Nemo Isn't Easy: Film's Stars Threatened with Extinction

One in every six species related to characters in the movie Finding Nemo is threatened by extinction, according to a new study out today. The authors examined the extinction risk of 1,568 species within 16 families of well-known marine animals represented in the 2003 Academy Award-winning animated film.All species of marine turtles (“Squirt” and “Crush”) and more than half of all hammerhead sharks (“Anchor”), mackerel sharks (“Bruce” and “Chum”), and eagle rays (“Mr.

December 14, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet
The Best Blazer (and the Year’s Best Books)

The Best Blazer (and the Year’s Best Books)

Today the New York Times put out their list of the top ten books of 2011. Among them, Nobel-prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, which is a remarkable read about how the human mind works and necessary material for anyone, anywhere, period.

November 30, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

Oil Pipeline Protesters Surround the White House Today

Some people, like Joe Romm, want more coverage on climate change. For me, climate change is one of those subjects that I actually try to ignore. I am often silently thankful that I do not have to stare at a headline about one of the most crushing subjects of our time in the morning.

November 6, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

Treats Not Tricks: Scientists Favor Research about Reward over Punishment

We call it 'trick or treat' but we all know the chances are much higher of getting treats on Halloween night. Similarly, it seems that scientists have a higher probability of publishing research about reward rather than research about punishment.I queried 'reward' and 'punishment' in the following databases of academic literature: Google Scholar, Scirus, Web of Science, SpringerLink, Ingenta, the journal Science, the journal Nature, and JSTOR.

October 31, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

Vintage Apple

My dad used to take my brother and a Macintosh in to his college classroom to show his students that even a four-year-old could use a computer. My brother (pictured right; that's me on the left) would skillfully perform some task, like playing Brickles.

October 12, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

Laughter

LAUGHS! from Everynone on Vimeo.

October 9, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

7 Reasons to Swim with Whale Sharks

1. It's explicit in the title: you get to swim with whale sharks (Rhincodon typus). It's not shark watching (although the behemoths are often easily visible from the surface): you get to get up close in the water with the largest fish in the world.

September 21, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

Back to School: Teaching Evolution

Most kids are heading back to school this month. Last week, my friend, a high school biology teacher in Mt. Vernon, Washington, got the inevitable: "So are you saying we're related to monkeys?" To which she replied: "I'm saying you're related to yeast." For those who disagree back to school radio ads exclaiming "It's not what you learn, but what you wear" -- here are a few favorites and soon-to-be favorites in teaching evolution:--Neil Shubin's book Your Inner Fish and, more important, his interview with Stephen Colbert;--Jerry Coyne's book Why Evolution is True and blog of the same title; --Carl Bergstom's co-authored soon-to-be-released (November 2011) Evolution textbook;--Randy Olson's Flock of Dodos; --And, of course, South Park's version of the theory of evolution (not appropriate for all audiences).

September 18, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

9/11 Memorial Name Placement

Ground Zero officially becomes the National September 11th Memorial today. The memorial is impressive in so many obvious ways and also in less obvious ways.

September 11, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

Mislabeled MSC-certified fish

No one wanted to eat a toothfish. It sounded gross. So in the 1970s, fishmongers marketed Patagonia toothfish ( Dissostichus eleginoides ) from the southern reaches of our globe as ‘Chilean sea bass’.

August 26, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet