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Thankful for Caregivers

Jason Resendez | Posted 11.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.

4 Steps to Improve Ocean Conservation Research in Small Island States

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

To be effective, marine conservation must be based on rigorous and targeted science. The large and growing threats to ocean ecosystems coupled with the limited scientific capacity of most small island states make science-based management not only an imperative, but also a challenge.

Be Thankful for Your Aging Brain

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Since the annual Christmas Monster that Swallowed the Western World now hits stores on the day after Halloween, Thanksgiving, with no costumes and no presents attached to it, has been largely ignored.

The True Age When Middle Age Ends

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.21.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

It wasn't until Boomers appeared on the planet that the concept of old age began to be threatened. Boomers, in an effort to eliminate old age completely, invented Spanx, cosmetic surgery, Viagra, and the belief that they looked 10 years younger than they really were.

Infographics: Growth of Sharing in the Collaborative Economy

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

The rapid rise of the Collaborative Economy raises an important question for businesses: what's driving the growth of this movement? More importantly, is it a permanent shift in customer behavior?

Why Scientists Need to Embrace Crowdfunding

Abhinav Sharma | Posted 11.19.2015 | Science
Abhinav Sharma

From the junior physician attempting to start a pilot study to the seasoned researcher in the final years of an academic grant, the harsh reality of m...

Information Might Want to Be Free, But That Doesn't Make it Easy

Dan Rockmore | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Dan Rockmore

It is not uncommon that we no longer possess or have easy access to the technologies able to read the media on which the artist's or writer's work resides. These kinds of concerns are part of efforts to archive operating systems.

Preterm Birth: Advancing Toward Prevention and Better Outcomes

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Catherine Y. Spong

When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality.

ExxonMobil and the Distortion of Climate Science

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The details are slowly emerging, and sadly no one is particularly surprised that such an outrageous conspiracy might have actually taken place.

Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

The STIHL Tour des Trees Is More Than a Bike Ride

Chuck Kellen | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Chuck Kellen

A recap of this year's 2015 STIHL Tour des Trees; a 500-mile cycling journey through Florida to support tree research. When I signed up for my fir...

Independent Research Institutes Play Vital Role in Innovation Ecosystem

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

How good is the research conducted at the IRIs? A key metric is competition for NIH grants, which has gone from intense to extreme over the past decade. Grants are evaluated on five criteria: potential impact on human health, scientific approach, innovation, investigator expertise, and institutional environment.

"Straight Women Don't Exist!" and Other Terrible Science Reporting

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nadia Khayrallah

Recently, the internet erupted a bit over the scientific "discovery" that women are "bisexual or gay, but never straight."

New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes

Nora Volkow | Posted 11.06.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Smoking still causes nearly half a million deaths each year in our country. Research now suggests that reducing the nicotine in cigarettes to a fraction of its current levels may be one way to lessen the health-destructive power of these products.

Groups of Grouper Now Protected

Kristine Stump | Posted 11.05.2015 | Science
Kristine Stump

There is great news coming out of The Bahamas today regarding one of the Shedd Aquarium's conservation research focus species, the endangered Nassau Grouper. The economically and culturally important fish has become endangered throughout the Caribbean due largely to unsustainable fishing practices.

Google and Grow A Plant That Never Lets You Fail In Five Steps

Sar Haribhakti | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Sar Haribhakti

Growing a beautiful plant takes care, time and efforts. So does building a real relationship with a person. So do startups. So does anything in life.

Impacting Disease Through Philanthropy

David Panzirer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
David Panzirer

To make an impact, start with the end in mind. What is your goal?

Next Week's Forecast: Deluge (of Media)

David Kleeman | Posted 10.30.2015 | Media
David Kleeman

Next week, Common Sense Media will release a new study on media use among children 8-18. The world has changed radically since the last iteration of this study, five years ago.

7 Secrets to Keeping Your Dreams Alive... Even After Graduation

Zanele Mutepfa | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Zanele Mutepfa

Keeping your dreams alive is the one job from which you will never be rejected, fired, or laid off. Just because you don't get your dream job right after graduation doesn't mean it's impossible.

On-Demand Economy Goes White Collar: The Rise of the Lawyer-Entrepreneur

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 10.28.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

While other professions have been completely transformed by technology, the day-to-day practices of lawyers have remained largely the same.

A Struggle, A Battle, A Nightmare That Parents Never Want to Face

Regan Long | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Regan Long

Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB, is a very rare genetic connective tissue disorder that affects about 200 children born every single year. Although this seems like a relatively small number, the horror that these babies face is well... unthinkable.

This Is Why You're Failing at Big Data

Annie Pettit | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Annie Pettit

Big data is rife with missing data. It's incomplete data, and it's complicated data. It needs specialized analytical tools and specialized analysts. But those problems are also not the reason we're failing when it comes to big data.

Best-Selling Author Lisa See Offers Valuable Chinese-American Genealogy Resource

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.26.2015 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

"In all my novels, including the mysteries, I've written about history that has been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up. I've written abou...

How Big Is Your...

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 10.23.2015 | Technology
Vanessa Van Edwards

How big is your screen? Did you know that the size of your electronic device changes your confidence? Today's crazy science fact has to do with the size of your electronic device... yes, really!

Unlock Brain Potential to Protect Against Decline

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

While our ability to improve brain health is becoming more widespread in the neuroscience community, the general public is still largely unaware of pivotal steps that can be taken to make the brain more resilient to decline or injury and regenerate after cognitive losses.