Speaking of Science

March 2015's selection of notable quotes

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2015


Quam continuis et quantis longa
senectus/Plena malis!

How incessant and great are the ills
with which a prolonged old age is replete.

Juvenal, late 1st-century Roman poet


Ultimately, all medical research is aimed at prolonging life—but we must strive to prolong healthy life. Therefore, our challenge remains defining health and the ability to test and quantify healthy living. 

Heidi Tissenbaum, University of Massachusetts Medical School biologist who recently published a PNAS study reporting that all long-lived C. elegans mutants studied by aging researchers spent a higher percentage of their extended life span in frail, rather than healthy, states (January 26)


These results suggest that only a third of the variation in cancer risk among tissues is attributable to environmental factors or inherited predispositions. The majority is due to “bad luck,” that is, random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells. 

—Johns Hopkins University biologists, Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein, writing in their recently published Science paper, in which they claim that two-thirds of the variation in cancer risk among people can be chalked up to chance (January 2)


We find that many highly educated, well-informed, religious individuals accept scientific theories about topics such as geology, radioactivity, planetary motion, genetics, and probability while rejecting mainstream scientific accounts of evolution and the big bang.

Timothy O’Brien, sociologist at the University of Evansville and the lead author of a February American Sociological Review study, which found that roughly one in five Americans are deeply religious, know
a lot about science, and support many practical uses of science and technology in everyday life, but reject scientific explanations of creation and evolution (January 29)


Twenty–first century businesses will rely on American science, technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine—one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.

—President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union Address before the US Congress (January 20)


Climate is changing, and climate has always changed and always will. There’s archaeological evidence of that. There’s biblical evidence of that. There’s historic evidence of that. . . . The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful, they can change climate. Man can’t change climate.

Jim Inhofe (R-OK), new chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, restating his position on climate change (January 22)

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Avatar of: Paul Stein

Paul Stein

Posts: 237

March 27, 2015

Everyone must remember that there is no relation to science with what the good representative from Oklahoma is saying.  It is a political statement veiled in science.  The good representative's money-backed constituents want him to be vocally against anything that a movement against climate change will do to affect their lifestyles or investments.  Everyone, it's not about science...it's about money.  So, when we of science can produce ways to control global warming that will be cost-effective, the nonsensical rants of the yahoos will disappear.

Avatar of: N K Mishra

N K Mishra

Posts: 60

March 27, 2015

Of course, man cannot change the climate, but he can do something to soften it.

Avatar of: rak999


Posts: 1

March 29, 2015

I am horrified and frankly disgusted that a site that calls itself "The Scientist" would tacitly endorse and call the last viewpoint above a "notable science quote". 

There is plenty of empirical evidence and is the consensus of the scientific community that climate change is both real AND influenced by human activities.

when sites such as this one post up these quotes in the same ranks as the well-regarded ones above it, it lends the opponents of climate change a legitimacy they do NOT possess.


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