When it comes to gender differences, everybody's an expert. But George Lazarus is a bit more expert than most. Although he doesn't study the subject formally, as a pediatrician in New York City he sees a lot of children, who are, after all, far better than adults at expressing their essential natures.
It's not hard to imagine corporate executives treating Terry Penney with skepticism. An engineering manager at the U.S. government's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., he speaks with such enthusiasm that he tends to start on his next thought before finishing the last one.
Meteorologists routinely tell us what next week's weather is likely to be, and climate scientists discuss what might happen in 100 years. Christoph Schar, though, ventures dangerously close to that middle realm, where previously only the Farmer's Almanac dared go: what will next summer's weather be like?
Scientists aboard the research ship Tangaroa had set out from Australia in search of a particular underwater mountain. It was located in the Norfolk Ridge, out in the middle of the Tasman Sea, and sonar maps suggested that it was just what they were looking for: gentle slopes free of rocks and crags, and a peak that rose to within 2,000 meters of the water's surface.
The extraordinary thing about Molly Nash is that she seems like a typical second grader in Englewood, Colorado. "She can be as stubborn as an ox," says Lisa Nash, her mother, "and she smarts off now and then." But like most 8-year-olds, she has redeeming qualities--a round, cheeky face, a toothy smile, brown bangs.
Devra Davis peered into the South African bush trying to find a lion she had been told was no more than 20 feet away. No matter how hard she looked, she couldn't see it--until it suddenly roared and charged her vehicle at a seemingly impossible speed. (Fortunately, the beast was bluffing and pulled back at the last moment.) For Davis, this fright has come to epitomize the human capacity for looking without seeing.
Nomthandazo Ngwenya's reaction upon learning one day last week that she had contracted malaria was to chastise herself for not figuring it out. "For 10 days I had diarrhea, stomach pains, no strength, sweats and cold shivers, and a splitting headache," she says. "I don't know why I didn't realize I had malaria." Ngwenya, 18, took an ambulance to Mosvold Hospital in Ingwavuma, a tiny town in northeastern South Africa, where doctors administered quinine.