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by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
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,
writing in Forbes (December 17)
1. Blood-sucking dipteran encountered at the beach
5. Leaf insect or walking stick, e.g.
8. Island home to the divi-divi tree
9. Rhombus or diamond
10. Statement from a mathematician
11. James Watt or Alexander Fleming
13. Having hypermobility (hyph.)
16. Plumbum, to old Romans
17. Creating a cicatrix
20. Paris agreement topic
21. Attractive to nectarivores
22. Fluid rich in white blood cells
23. Implement for dealing with 1-Across
2. Micronesian nation once called Pleasant Island
3. Self-similar geometrical patterns
4. Vespula colony members
5. Lab course
6. Notably tailless feline (2 wds.)
7. Feature atop a cockatoo
12. Whisker of a 6-Down, e.g.
14. Extraction from pitchblende
15. Bright spot in Canis Major (2 wds.)
16. Opposite of general, in a way
18. Not chemically reactive
19. Math whiz featured in A Beautiful Mind
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