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Are You Driving Your Data? Or Is Your Data Driving You?

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.28.2014 | Technology
Steven Crandell

Leaders parade decision-making as rational and strategic because they "have the numbers" to support it. The tech revolution with its miraculous information-processing seems to support the idea of data as king.

Are Scientists Selfish?

Techonomy | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science
Techonomy

Do all these factors mean we have a community of selfish scientists? The simple answer is no. The more genuine answer is: It's complicated. The institutional inertia of the established scientific community strongly favors researchers who go along with the data-hoarding norms.

11 Scientific Studies That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

The Week | Eric Barker | Posted 08.26.2014 | World

Reading a lot about the science of human behavior can make you cynical, sometimes deservedly so, but cynical nonetheless. On this blog I try to be ...

7 Things You Need to Know About Google Calico

Abby Norman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Abby Norman

Since Google has some stake in 23andMe, you can be certain the genomics will be a major focus of Calico's investigations. Genetics too are known to play a role in disease and factors that influence longevity.

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts and Chills, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Why Hate Is Historically Transformative

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Contrary to what you might think, it is hate, not love, that makes the world go around.

When Designers Get Together -- Creativity Sparks!

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Studies applying design science research, open innovation and crowdsourcing offer possibilities for examining as yet unknown drivers, designers' values, beliefs and behaviors and how these factors influence their design performance.

This Guy Should Be On Fire

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.22.2014 | Technology

Baby, you're a firework -- literally. Or, at least inventor Colin Furze is. In this video, Furze dons a self-made steel suit and steps safely insid...

14 Things You Didn't Know About How the Sun Will Die

David J. Eicher | Posted 08.21.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

At some 4.6 billion years old, the Sun is about halfway through its life. In another 5 billion years it will be a normal "adult" star no more. Here's the skinny on the upcoming demise of the star that you owe everything to: light, warmth, energy, and life.

I, Robot... Will Kill You?

Seriously Skewed | Posted 08.20.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

There could, of course, be benefits to having a robot army.

Where Do We Come From?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 08.20.2014 | Weird News
Denise M. Wilbanks

My dear readers, Denial is not a river in Egypt. What will it take to wake up? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so disempowered that we have thrown in the towel? If so, is self destruction imminent? I would hope not.

Beam a Message to Mars!

David J. Eicher | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

An ambitious campaign by the space fundraising group Uwingu starts today that will allow participants to beam a message to Mars.

A New Study on Parental Control Before Conception

Christopher Herz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science
Christopher Herz

Everyone wants the best for their children. You can see it in the faces of parents shopping for strollers, preschools and nannies who speak five langu...

Wrestling Climate Change to the Ground

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Inside, 23 palpably excited scientists introduce themselves and rattle off their disciplines. Uh oh. Is this conference going to be all about graphs, equations and incomprehensible hypotheses presented with wild enthusiasm? (Yes.)

Naïve Realism, or the Strange Case of Physics and Fake Philosophers (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Scientists have assigned the role of Mister Answer to science, the source of knowledge on every subject. This is peculiar because science does not accept a complete body of knowledge at any one time as final, therefore no answer can be final. This is how science progresses. Scientists, though, often forget that.

Climate Change This Week: Stormy Constipation, Solar Utility Comeback, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Barbuda Sets a New Standard for Marine Protection in the Caribbean

Amber Jackson | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

Earlier this week the Barbuda Council signed into law a sweeping set of new ocean-management regulations that zone the coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries.

Who Was the First Named Human?

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 08.15.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Not surprisingly, the record of the first humans identified by a personal name goes back to before the dawn of history itself. Through his artistic "Love Symbol", the The Artist Formerly Known as Prince gave us a clue how pre-writing names were probably rendered!

I Am a Botanist (And No, I Don't Grow Marijuana)

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 08.25.2014 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

We should not be reluctant to embrace the one word that has always encompassed everything that we do: botany, the study of plants. Our work is critical to the health of the planet and the ages-old quest to better understand it. Our skills, our talents, and our passion are needed now more than ever.

Man-Made Warming Now Number One Cause Of Melting Glaciers

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds. ...

Christian Women in Science Celebrate First Year -- And Are Reaching for More!

Lynn Billman | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Lynn Billman

'I don't have to filter what I say!' Sharon Petzinger, a wildlife biologist who studies birds for the state of New Jersey, said this to me with a light of joy in her eyes. Hannah Ryan, a grad student at the University of Colorado, echoed the sentiment.

Montana: Big Sky Country, Big Climate Problems

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The glaciers I marveled at on my backpacking trip have shrunk considerably, and even then they were a pale approximation of what they once were.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

'The 6th Extinction:' A Talk with James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is more than a thriller author. He's a veterinarian, a man of science, and writes best-selling novels evocative of Michael Crichton and Isaac Asimov, but with a uniquely imaginative flavor of their own.