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The Next Frontier in Medical Research: Mapping the Brain

Stacy Pagos Haller | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Stacy Pagos Haller

We know that examining the human brain is essential for neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, but it is also key for vision diseases like macular degeneration, a major cause of visual impairment in the United States.

Protecting Our Children From Bioterrorism Requires Testing Of Anthrax Vaccine

Tia Powell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tia Powell

Last month, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a thoughtful report recommending against studying the anthrax vaccine in children. I might have agreed, had I not spent a year co-chairing an IOM report on protecting the public from a deadly anthrax attack.

The Fiscal Milestone: Achievements, Fatigue, and Prospects

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

The 2008-09 global economic crisis pushed public debt ratios of advanced economies to levels never seen before during peacetime. These high debt levels expose countries to a loss of market confidence and, ultimately, damage long-term growth prospects.

Little White Lies: A Guide to Everyday Lying

Bradley Foster | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

Being a self-confessed liar, I am interested in why we do it. I have always been interested in why people do what they do, and lying is one of those behaviors that are ever present, yet hidden in a dark corner, obscured from view.

The Climate Post: Moniz, McCarthy Face Questions at Senate Confirmation Hearings

Tim Profeta | Posted 06.12.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

Moniz hinted in his Tuesday confirmation hearing that the United States spends too little on energy research -- a statement The Washington Post examined in depth.

Freud Would Build an App for That: Bringing Modern Tech to an Analog Practice

Melissa Thompson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Melissa Thompson

Freud knew we could not fully understand the biology of the brain, and consequently, his approach was more art than science. Now, science is getting closer to creating the holistic puzzle to help scientist solve pervasive challenges for brain health.

Soft Edges

Peter Neill | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

The cost benefit analysis of the purchase and redefinition of the coastal lands compares advantageously with the financial requirements of just a single storm, not to mention more to come as a practical and economical allocation of taxpayer funding.

Arguing for Increases in Federal Funding for Childhood Cancer Research -- Part III

Jonathan Agin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Money makes the world go 'round. Or so we are told. Certainly for medical research, this is true. And, for the childhood cancer community, it is clear where we fall in the federal spectrum, i.e. on the low end of the stick.

The Ephemeral Fugitives of Global Health Research

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

This week I went to the launch of a brand new journal, Global Health: Science and Practice. Funded by USAID, and supported by Johns Hopkins School of ...

Equal Rights for All: It's Finally Time for Adopted People, Too

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

As our country has focused enormous attention in recent days on the rights of one minority, gay men and lesbians, we continue (alas) to give short-shrift to the decades-long effort to achieve equality for millions of people in another segment of our population: Americans who were adopted into their families.

Obama's Brave New World of the Brain -- And Why It's Something America Can't Afford Not to Do!

Dr. Gregory Bayer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Bayer

The brain is at the center of health and well-being, yet our deficit in understanding of the detail of its complexity limits our response to those conditions that cripple so many in our society.

Time for Change -- Shifting Energy Spending in Africa

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Antoinette Sayeh

For many years, countries in sub-Saharan Africa have spent large amounts on subsidizing fuel and electricity. For both sources of energy combined, this averages around 3-4 percent of GDP. Is this a good use of scarce resources?

Middle-Income Households Save Less As Highest Paid Americans Earn More: Study

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 03.28.2013 | Business

Next time you find yourself staring at an empty savings account, feel free to blame the era you live in. Middle-income households would have saved ...

Subsidizing Energy Consumption: Why it's Wrong and What Can Be Done About it

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

Let's face it. Everybody loves cheap energy. Almost all human activities require energy consumption and, if something is so basic, it seems pretty obv...

Hard Edges

Peter Neill | Posted 05.26.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

The fate of coastal wetlands is another blatant example of hard over soft. Once massive buffers against storm incursion, wetlands served human needs additionally through complementary cultivation of hay for fodder for saltwater farms.

An ARPA for Education?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

The idea is based on DARPA, which has for many years supported innovation and experimentation in defense.

Taking Sides: Are the Humanities in Danger?

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 05.26.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

Since the late 1960s, the proportion of four-year college students focusing in the humanities has dropped more than 50 percent. Today, only 8 percent of college students in the United States pursue a degree in the humanities.

Independent Research Cultivates Skills Employers Value

Donna Randall | Posted 05.21.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Increasingly, liberal arts colleges are connecting students' learning to the work environment in appropriate and meaningful ways.

Engaging the Pharmaceutical Industry in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer - Piece No. I

Jonathan Agin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

The fight against childhood cancer is not possible without innovative drugs that are available for delivery without significant restrictions.

New Opportunities for Independent Higher Education in the American West

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There are ways for independent colleges to think about how to meet national education and workforce demands by re-envisioning program and pedagogy beyond the college gates. The new reality calls for fresh approaches.

My Family Is Not a 'Second-Best Option'

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

I hadn't known it until just this week, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, journalist Judy Woodruff, basketball great Magic Johnson and I all have something in common: Our families are inferior.

Catalyzing Ocean Finance

Peter Neill | Posted 05.13.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Recently, two organizations combined their talents and experience to address ocean solutions on the scale required to make a difference. As we always tend to measure value in dollars, they predicated their recommendations on the following analysis:

Back Pain Relief Could Come From A Daily Stroll

Posted 03.14.2013 | Healthy Living

Relief from back pain could be as simple as taking a stroll, a new study suggests. A recent study suggests that a simple regime of daily walking ma...

Be Brave N' Fly for the Bravest of Them All

David Plotkin | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
David Plotkin

When one couples physical fitness with a great cause, we find ourselves training harder to achieve our goals. The greater the cause, the harder the workout.

Unplugging Education

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.11.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

I am arguing that the forefront of education, research and its nexus should hail on the clouds of the physical institution, and that online education and tools should act as supplements or extenders of knowledge to those with little access.