FROM Tim Haarmann
Los Alamos Develops Bomb-Detecting Bees Los Alamos is best known as the place where the Atomic Bomb was developed and where research on nuclear weapons has continued ever since. It's also home to the Stealthy Insect Sensor Project. The stealthy insects are honeybees, and the project is training them to detect explosives. Researchers at the project say they're "very excited" about training honeybees to detect explosives in cars, roadside bombs and belts similar to those used by suicide bombers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?