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Pi and Science, Sense and Cake

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the beverage industry, for instance, helpfully points out that no long-term, randomized trial has specifically implicated their sugary concoction in epidemic childhood obesity, we might consider that no such trial has ever implicated any given snowflake in an avalanche fatality, either. Perhaps avalanches are actually innocuous.

What I Learned from a College Tour: Visiting Johns Hopkins University

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Like most of us, I tend to assume however subconsciously that institutions I have passed through remain more or less preserved in time as in my own memory. I was surprised to see how much has changed since I graduated in 1988.

Closing the Gap From Scientific Discovery to Solutions

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

The latest cognitive neuroscience research reveals key ways to improve brain health in people of all ages and stages. These discoveries are incredibly timely -- now, more than ever.

Seriously...

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.13.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Digging the Sandbox

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

The Sandbox Summit at MIT has long been a favorite event for me, in large part because it's always been a gathering point for academics and industry leaders to meet and exchange expertise.

How To Make Anyone Fall In Love With You In 36 Questions

Renee Fisher | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Ever since junior high schools were invented, people have been wondering how to make other people fall in love with them. The advent of Internet dating created a far more sophisticated version of junior high school, where notes were passed.

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Excellent schools make sure their students have access to the world's most advanced knowledge, they strengthen key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. But their main differentiator is that they also develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience and leadership.

GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle

David Bronner | Posted 04.30.2015 | Green
David Bronner

It's past time that mainstream media cut through the flak of GMO pesticide industry propaganda, and connect the dots that GMOs = pesticide companies engineering food crops to sell more volume of more kinds of more toxic weed killer.

My Daughter Is A Gift, But Her Autism Is Not

Ravishly | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Ravishly

She is both crushingly disabled by autism and absolutely, emphatically her own self. She is a gift, that much is true. But her autism, like my missing fingers or my damaged DNA, is not.

Demystifying Parenting in the Digital Age

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Nowhere else in history has there been a reverse relationship between parent and child as in the domain of the Internet. The common belief that the child learns from the parent and influence primarily flows from parent to child is often negated in the area of Internet

Save Money, Save Lives: Why the Silence on the Fiscal and Fatal Consequences of Kidney Disease Matters

Elisa Gordon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisa Gordon

Chronic kidney disease -- without the splashy races, ad campaigns, and extensive media coverage -- falls below the public radar. And because of that, a patient may be less likely to ask his or her doctor how to prevent it or even understand how it develops.

We're Fat And Sick And The Broccoli Did It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It's no big surprise that someone untrained in research methods would tell us all what the research really means and why the scientists on this committee -- all trained to do research and interpret it -- are just a bunch of hacks. But that the New York Times would allocate its imprimatur and rarefied real estate to an infomercial masquerading as an Op-Ed is a lamentably disappointing surprise.

Emily Peck

Why Overweight Workers Have A Hard Time Succeeding At Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business

Are fat people less likely to win on Jeopardy? Of course not. Yet people sill believe that the obese make less competent game show contestants, acc...

Connecting to Learn: Creating Digital Opportunities for Hispanic-American Families

Michael Levine | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Michael Levine

While Hispanic families are early adopters of technologies in the U.S., our survey research indicates that we are missing a key opportunity to tap the digital promise that may lie in both traditional television and the new, more interactive media.

Are Dreams More Important to African Americans

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

Not only are African Americans more likely to believe in the power of dreams but according to dream research and author Tony Shafton, more than 90 percent of African Americans surveyed believed that dreams had the ability to predict the future.

Brainomics: How Improving Brain Health Impacts the Economy

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

The study suggests several public policy strategies to close socio-economic gaps that affect academic performance, including greater investment in early childhood care and education, criminal justice reform and family-friendly workplaces.

Cholesterol, Unscrambled

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Whether adding eggs to your diet will confer benefit, harm, or neither, almost certainly depends on what you are now eating instead of eggs, and what eggs would be displacing.

The Small Things Are Killing Us

Vicki Wilson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Vicki Wilson

Today, I watched my father walk down the slippery porch steps in front of my mother and brush the cold snow from the railing with his bare hand so she...

Pass the Diacetyl and Save Your Marriage

Renee Fisher | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

If you are a therapist, member of the clergy, marriage counselor, or author of a book about relationships, Life in the Boomer Lane has some mighty bad news for you. For the mere cost of a movie ticket (and, of course, popcorn), one's marriage can be saved.

I Am a Cancer Researcher

Emily Drake | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Emily Drake

I am a cancer researcher is a way of saying that you are empowered as a cancer patient.

Science Communication Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Science
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

Societies for science still only accept well-established scientists who pay large membership dues. Journals of science are still only distributed to and read by paying subscribers: research institutions and rich scientists. Science communication is outdated.

The One List I Found Myself Unable to Make

Beth Whitley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Five weeks after Hannah's diagnosis (five years ago today, hence the reflective post), I had six weeks off work, less because of the emotional trauma we'd been through and more because of the magnitude of the lists that needed to be dealt with.

Science: Less Flash, More Substance

Benjamin Corb | Posted 04.04.2015 | Science
Benjamin Corb

Unwise austerity policies, including the spending caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and mandatory cuts from sequestration, have damaged significantly the scientific community, threatened American leadership in innovation and possibly delayed the development of treatments that patients' lives depend on.

Passion Creates a Bonanza of Breakthrough Innovations

Soren Petersen | Posted 04.04.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

The combination of learning and testing though crowdsourcing and design science research builds strong team competencies such as, risk-attitude, adaptability, grit, and a useful social network.

Stop Asking for Margin of Error in Polling Research

Annie Pettit | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Annie Pettit

Sometimes, the best measure of the quality of research is how transparent your vendor is when they describe their research methodology, and the strengths and weaknesses associated with it.