Jonathan H. Esensten

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Teach Ignorance, Too

PASADENA—Albert Einstein spent some of his last years stalking the wide, palm-lined avenues of this sunny town. According to local

Let’s Be Negative

There is a dark joke among scientists that if an experiment works right the first time, there must be something

A Virus’ First Victim

Students have quarantined themselves to allay the fears of their roommates. Travel to certain areas is officially discouraged by the

Death to Intelligent Design

Just months before he died, Harvard professor Stephen J. Gould co-signed a letter with his scientific rival Richard Dawkins. In

Let's Repeat the Obvious on Israel

Being a Zionist has never been easy. It means having to constantly repeat the obvious without sounding shrill or tedious.

Anthrax? Censor It, Quick

What if Osama is reading the scientific literature? That’s the question the editors of some of the world’s top science


God in the Genes?

For most scientists, God is irrelevant. And that is a very good thing. When science and religion intersect, an unseemly

The Broken Phallus of Harvard Yard

The only thing more surprising than the rapid erection of a nine-foot tall snow phallus in Harvard Yard last week


Enforcing Cell Phone Etiquette

Rinng! Rinng! It’s shopping period, and the cell phones are back, interrupting lectures, concerts and dinners with their incessant beeps,


No Israeli Science Boycott

In the latest example of resurgent European anti-Semitism, administrators at the University of Paris 6 (which specializes in natural sciences)


It’s Time for a Class War

Forget Iraq. The real axis of evil extends from the boardrooms of corporate America right to the Oval Office. Not


Aliens, Clones, the News at Ten

What’s scarier than sects that worship space aliens and obsess over cloning humans? Perhaps it’s that a well-known science journalist


Does Your Cereal Kill Insects?

Soccer, six-week vacations and socialism are particular European obsessions. However, not all European preoccupations are so innocuous. Breakfast cereal, for


Larry Says: Let’s Get Rich

How is former Chinese leader and Communist Party chief Deng Xiaoping like University President Lawrence H. Summers? It’s not their


One Pill, Two Days, No Sleep

Sleep is just a waste of time. Let’s be honest. Hitting the sack for eight hours every night is just