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The Power of What If

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Lisa Abeyta

Please know I am not devaluing foundational knowledge or the need to teach our children rudimentary functions of grammar, math, science or other academic studies. But what I am saying is that we are completely missing the boat when it comes to encouraging students to take risks, make mistakes or explore the unknown.

Mad Scientists, Monkeys and Boiled Rabbits!

Julia Orr | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

Not for the first time, an animal has been accidentally boiled alive in a research laboratory. This time it was at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech...

I'm With Stupid: Coaxing Mullets From the Backs of Mutant Mice

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

No, I'm not a member of the Hair Club for Men. I'm not talking about grafting my neck hair onto my dome, and I'm not talking about a toupee or hair plugs. I'm talking about the skin on my head actually regrowing hair.

Why Control Groups are Ethical and Necessary

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

A big reason that many educators don't like to participate in experiments is that they don't want to take a 50-50 chance of being assigned to a cont...

SUPER SLOW-MO: Moment Tuning Fork Hits Water

Posted 03.18.2013 | Science

In super-slow motion, the world is a different place: Hummingbirds' wings flap slowly, water balloons explode gracefully, and a tuning fork -- not so ...

Leonardo's Basement (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 12.22.2012 | Good News
Bus 52

To the children and adults who visit Leonardo's Basement, it is filled with anything but junk. The items strewn around the open space range from the inside of a deconstructed baby grand piano to components more usually found in a computer store.

What Would Happen If You Fell Into A Volcano?

Posted 06.28.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/27/2012 02:48 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's Little Mysteries provides exper...

Negative Irreproducible Tweets... for Science

Michael Ham | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Michael Ham

Every scientist has at least one paper or graph tucked in a folder that lies in a dusty corner of the hard drive. The data is interesting, but doesn't lend itself to the creation of the grand narrative you must have for a traditional publication.

Students' Ambitions Orbiting Above The Atmosphere

Posted 07.19.2011 | Education

While Monday marked the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour's (STS-134) final mission, the event goes further than the excitement of watching a ship bla...

Heat Waves Could Be Common By 2039 In U.S., Finds Stanford Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Devastating heat waves that result in fatalities and crop losses may increasingly become a common occurrence in the United States over the next three ...

Heat Waves Could Be Common By 2039 In U.S., Finds Stanford Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Devastating heat waves that result in fatalities and crop losses may increasingly become a common occurrence in the United States over the next three ...

Did The Bush Administration Experiment On Detainees?

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the course of trying to prove that its "enhanced" interrogation program was legal, the Bush administration may have broken the law, according to a ...

The Big Rock Candy Mountain of Data

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Yesterday, I attended a press briefing on the 2008 elections by four organizations affiliated with the Democratic party. More important, they drew bac...