The world has provided some ruthless parasites that target the insects, spiders and rats I hate most. These parasites don't just kill either, they torture, emasculate and generally show their hosts such unapologetic violence that I can't help but be impressed.
Our surroundings can trick us into being generous, good people. Of course, it goes the other way, too ...
Animals aren't extremely ambitious. Sometimes, however, all they need is a little helpful prodding in the right direction to start conquering everything around them like warlords.
With our book on shelves, and your closet full of gifts you'll never actually use, we are running down the Top Christmas Gifts of 2010, and explaining whether they're worth keeping.
Thinking is what makes us human, and thinking means we'll always be the ruling species in this planet, because the rest of those guys are really stupid. Well ... not all of them.
DO NOT BE AFRAID TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL IF YOU ARE SICK. Nothing you will read in this article is suggesting that it's just better to nurse your horrible infection back to health in the comfort of your own garage.
When designing a building, you have to account for things like terrain, materials, weather, handicapped accessibility and, of course, ghosts.
When we see the prototypes theseweapons designers are testing, we realize the battlefield of the future will be utterly insane.
Your nearest drugstore is full of completely fake pain remedies, from shoe magnets to magical ground-up shark bones. But while these new age medicines are little more than placebos, science has found a whole lot of unexpected -- and downright weird -- ways you can control pain without ever swallowing a pill.
Use a highlighter to color words in your books. This will make it feel like you're actually studying. Actually studying involves reading the words, which is also good, but much more time consuming, and frankly discriminatory against people who don't want to read.
Fortunately, environmentalism is a double-headed monster and I'm allowed to choose which head I follow: one is the true conservationist which we all must tolerate, and the other is the affluent and bored elitist in need of a conspicuously righteous hobby. The latter is more my speed.
Science fiction has had some stunningly accurate premonitions. And we're not talking about broad predictions, here. No, this stuff is impressively accurate.
A big chunk of the world economy runs on human weakness. Peer pressure, vanity, insecurity, the fact that we just cannot resist the sight of melted cheese. There are some other, much weirder scientific principles that factor into what you buy. You might not know about them, but the people selling you things sure as hell do.