Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.—Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old climate change activist from Sweden, in a speech delivered to world leaders attending a United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (December 15)
Remember that the world is a very complex place, and in many cases fundamental understanding is only found buried deep under layer after slippery layer of confused searching. Science is a tool, yes, but not a tool for backing you up. It’s not a weapon to wield. It’s a framework for understanding nature, no more, no less.—Astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter,...
1. Blood-sucking dipteran encountered at the beach