On taxing soda in hopes of improving children’s health:

“Hopefully it will help people realize this is a serious problem, and this is a real potential part of the solution.”

Marlene Schwartz, professor of human development and family sciences and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Popular Science, March 26, 2019

On why social media platforms must combat fake content and hate speech by focusing on a limited number of topics:

“The consequences of believing that vaccines cause harm are eminently more dangerous than believing that the Earth is flat.”

Niam Yaraghi, assistant professor of operations and information management, Brookings Institution, April 9, 2019

On the snake that developed a spider-like tail to lure prey, including lizards, frogs, even birds:

“It’s one of those things that makes me feel awe in the power of natural selection.”

Kurt Schwenk, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Discover Magazine, April 16, 2019

On children who are no longer considered to have autism spectrum disorder:

“There has to be something biologically different between those kids who, when given the same treatment, bloom, compared to those who stay the same. We just don’t know what it is.”

Deborah Fein, distinguished professor of psychological sciences, The Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2019

On reports revealing one million species are under threat of extinction thanks to humans:

“There’s no one answer for the cause. It’s death by a thousand cuts.”

David Wagner, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, “NBC News,” May 6, 2019

On encountering the new “bubblegum coral” species off the coast of Massachusetts:

“Like a stroll through Dr. Seuss’s garden.”

Peter J. Auster, research professor emeritus of marine sciences, The New York Times, April 9, 2019

On phones posing a risk to our long-term health:

“Your cortisol levels are elevated when your phone is in sight or nearby, or when you hear it or even think you hear it. It’s a stress response, and it feels unpleasant, and the body’s natural response is to want to check the phone to make the stress go away.”

David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, The New York Times, April 24, 2019

On the truth behind ancestry testing:

“The degree of genetic similarity can tell you if someone was a close or more distant genetic relative, but not whether they were a direct ancestor.”

Deborah Bolnick, associate professor of anthropology, Forbes, April 10, 2019


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