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Cara Santa Maria

Cara Santa Maria

Are Vampires Real?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.16.2012 | Science

I always thought vampires were the stuff of legend, but after doing a little digging through the scientific literature, now I'm not so sure. If you yo...

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'I'm Proud That I'm A Nerd'

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.13.2012 | Science

This summer, two high school students boldly represented the U.S. in the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad, and one of them even took home the go...

NASA Mohawk Dude Gives HuffPost Live The Latest From Mars

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.10.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost's Jacob Soboroff is joined by HuffPost Science correspondent Cara Santa Maria and JPL's Bobak Ferdowsi to discuss Mars....

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Don't Blink! How Long Can Eyes Stare?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.09.2012 | Science

How long can you go without blinking? Think back to the last time you were in a staring contest. Do you remember your best time? Incredibly, a man...

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GMOs Are Good

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.08.2012 | Science

When you hear the words genetically modified organism, GMO, or gen-mod food, what is your initial reaction? Does the thought of a scientifically manip...

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He's Doing It For His Daughters

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.06.2012 | Science

If NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finds biochemical evidence of life on Mars when it touches down on Sunday, August 5th at 10:31 pm PST, the world's unde...

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He Looked Back In Time, And Won A Nobel

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.31.2012 | Science

Imagine looking back in time--no, not flipping through old high school yearbooks--but really, studying the history of our universe as it was 13.7 bill...

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WATCH: Sally Ride Remembered on TYT

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.25.2012 | Science

Sally Ride was the first American woman to go to space, blasting off on the Space Shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, mere months before I was born. ...

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People Still Get Leprosy?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science

I've got to be honest: when I think of leprosy, I think of Jesus. Often regarded as a vestige from a bygone era, I was surprised to learn (from a read...

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What Existed Before The Big Bang?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.18.2012 | Science

Why is there something rather than nothing? What existed before the Big Bang? How can everything we know to exist in the entire observable universe ha...

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On Science And Religion: A Buddhist Monk's Perspective

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.16.2012 | Science

As an atheist, I do not believe in god. Neither does Dr. Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who earned his PhD in cellular genetics and currently lives ...

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Alan Turing: His Mind, His Life (Part II)

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.12.2012 | Science

2012-07-09-Screenshot20120709at1.36.03PM.jpgRemembering the mathematician and logician Alan Turing on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Alan Turing: His Mind

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.10.2012 | Science

2012-07-09-Screenshot20120709at1.36.03PM.jpgThis year marks the 100th anniversary of mathematician and logician Alan Turing's birth.

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What Is The Turing Test?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.05.2012 | Science

In honor of the 100th anniversary of mathematician and logician Alan Turing's birth, I was lucky enough to sit down with some of the most influential ...

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Higgs Hoopla: Why Should I Care?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.14.2013 | Science

Editor's Note: This article originally published in July 2012 when scientists discovered a subatomic particle that could be the Higgs boson. Have y...

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WATCH: Women In Science On 'Attack Of The Show'

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.01.2012 | Science

As an advocate for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, I always enjoy talking about why more women should work in the s...

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Nora Ephron On Women In Science: We Won’t Forget

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.28.2012 | Science

I remember in high school her saying, "Now what'd you want to take that science class for? There's no girls in that science class. You take home ec, w...

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Black Holes And Beyond With Brian Greene

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.26.2012 | Science

Have you ever wondered what happens at the center of a black hole? Is it simply a dense, hot core filled with crushed matter? Is there such a place as...

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Amazing Innovations Swim, Float, Fly

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.19.2012 | Science

If you couldn't make it out to New York City to attend the 2012 World Science Festival earlier this month, fear not! I was there with camera crew in t...

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Woof! Do People Really Look Like Their Pets?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.14.2012 | Science

2012-06-14-caradog.jpgIs there any truth to the idea that cat people and dog people are fundamentally different? Do people really look like their pets? What does the science say?

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Vaccines And Autism: A Dangerous Misunderstanding

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.15.2012 | Science

The vaccine-autism controversy has been brewing ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet. Fourteen years later, the...

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Can Positive Thinking Improve Health?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.04.2012 | Science

2012-06-07-Screenshot20120607at9.13.49AM.jpgThe power of positive thinking movement is the cornerstone upon which countless American self-help empires have been built. But does it really have the power it so often promises?

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'Bad Astronomer' Phil Plait Talks Transit Of Venus

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.01.2012 | Science

2012-06-04-Screenshot20120604at1.07.39PM.jpgTomorrow is the big day. Time to dust off your eclipse glasses, binoculars and posterboard, or pinhole camera and witness the transit of Venus, a once in a lifetime event!

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The Talk Nerdy To Me Guide To Animal Sex

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.30.2012 | Science

2012-05-31-Screenshot20120531at12.11.32PM.jpgI recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Zoo with animal "sexpert" Dr. Carin Bondar, the "biologist with a twist."

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My Evening With Stephen Hawking

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 05.29.2012 | Science

Stephen rarely does public talks anymore. When he does, he draws an impressive crowd. And most of the people sitting in those seats are unaware of the effort that goes into composing the script he will follow over the course of the evening.