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Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, and a senior scientist in astrobiology and lunar science with NASA. Morrison has been outspoken in exposing the hoax of doomsday 2012, in part as NASA’s answer man on the Ask an Astrobiologist webpage
Bill Hudson is an amateur astronomer. Introduced to the 2012 doomsday rumors four years ago during one of his school astronomy presentations, he helped set up 2012hoax.org. He now maintains this website that is dedicated to dispelling the 2012 doomsday myth by providing facts and scientific criticism of the various doomsday claims.
A week after defending his dissertation in 1977, Dick found himself in D.C. as a bona fide science writer working at Science magazine.