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How To Hack Your Brain To Destroy Procrastination, According To Harvard Research

Elle Kaplan | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Elle Kaplan

People procrastinate for many reasons, but the result is always the same: they rush to get the task done at the last minute or miss the deadline. Even though it feels frustrating to procrastinate, people still continue this bad habit. Why?

The Paradox Of Renewable Energy

Suraj Sehgal | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green
Suraj Sehgal

Many of our environmental issues are deeply rooted in a culture of consumption that often arises when we are presented with periods of abundance. Even with the best technological solutions, we are the ones who can make a huge difference by curbing our consumption on all levels.

My Conversation with Victoria Rosborough, a Budding Photonics Engineer

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.25.2016 | College
Diane Propsner

Victoria Rosborough working in a cleanroom where device processing is performed. Victoria Rosborough's brilliance was evident early on. She became a ...

Climate Change This Week: Heating Up, Melting Away, Upping Wind Power, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.24.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Jeweled Flower Mantis found ...

Pluto: Not A Planet For 10 Years

Dean Regas | Posted 08.23.2016 | Science
Dean Regas

When I was a kid, Pluto was a planet. Of course, when I was a kid our map of the solar system was very immature. Astronomers knew of nine round planets that went around the Sun, and Pluto was one of them. But Pluto was always the oddball.

From Japanese Mascots to the 2nd Amendment: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 08.23.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Every day of the year, Curious.com CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners...

Flooding Lands, Sinking Deltas And Vulnerable Populations

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 08.19.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

Much like the permanent stamp of Mississippi Delta blues in changing popular music, human impact has made permanent changes to landscapes. These changes are showing up in ugly and shattering ways: Lead filled water and soil, disappearing and flooding of lands, and disproportionate loss for socially vulnerable populations.

Michael Phelps Pees in the Pool, but Science Still Says That's Gross

Inverse | Posted 08.19.2016 | Sports
Inverse

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Catrina Dennis There's a pretty simple rule when it comes to using public swimming pools: don't ...

Turn Your Eyes To The Skies For The Latest Explorers

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 08.19.2016 | Science
Aaron Dubrow

From strengthening wildlife conservation efforts to improving disaster response, researchers are finding new ways to use small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather data, improve communication, and explore environments where humans and larger aircraft dare not go.

The Communal Nature Of Science And The Gender Skills Gap

Adi Gaskell | Posted 08.22.2016 | Science
Adi Gaskell

I've written a few times in the past about the increasingly collaborative nature of modern science. Most of the time, these posts have focused upon the productivity gains we see when scientists work together on research.

A Transhumanism Presidential Campaign Trail Dispatch

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for my transhumanist presidential campaign. I'm excited that transhumanism -- the social movement that aims to use radical science and technology to improve the human species -- continues to be represented in politics in a major way.

When Animals Teach, It's Special

Carl Safina | Posted 08.18.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

Like toolmaking, teaching was once thought to be an exclusive capacity of the human mind. It's not, but teaching is rare, and teachers are an elite group.

An Open Letter to My Students

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.17.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

Dear Students: I'd like to welcome you to a new academic year at the university, where I have taught for more than 35 years. As in previous years, I...

Richmond, VA: Dining and Dashing Around the 2016 Jazz Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.17.2016 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The seventh annual Richmond Jazz Festival ran from August 11th to the 14th, in venues around town and culminated at the lush 100-acre Maymont Park with a two-day outdoor fest.

Seven Ways to Orchestrate Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.17.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Amidst the sounds of bombs dropping in the Middle East one can hear sounds of guitar strings. A band of youth occupy the streets where united together...

People-powered science in Africa: a boost for democracy and knowledge

The Conversation Africa | Posted 08.14.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Marina Joubert, Stellenbosch University December 1900 marked the first ever "Christmas Bird Count". Its aim was to get people counting bird species r...

A fresh focus on new approaches to recycling tyres is needed

The Conversation Africa | Posted 08.13.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Itziar Iraola Arregui, Stellenbosch University The number of vehicles is growing worldwide and as a result the number of tyres is increasing too. Hun...

Climate Change This Week: The Melting Third Pole, Politics' Climate Clash, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.12.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, beautiful unique biodiversity, like this painted bunting that li...

Twitter Tears Into Mike Pence's Science Fails With #PenceScience

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 08.15.2016 | Comedy

Science. It’s that thing that explains everything, including who to avoid in conversation. You know, people like Republican vice presidential candid...

Building a Pathway to Engineering for Our Daughters - Brick by Brick

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.10.2016 | Science
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Ali P. Gordon UCF Forum columnist As a father of young elementary and middle school-aged kids, I'm also curious to know exactly how my undergrad s...

Being Overweight Makes The Brain Age Faster -- Much Faster

Dawson Church | Posted 08.09.2016 | Science
Dawson Church

Scientists have long suspected that being overweight affects the brain. Now, a neuroimaging study from the University of Cambridge provides dramatic n...

From Olympic Bodies To Circadian Rhythms: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Every day of the year, Curious.com CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners...

Why We Usually Have No Idea We're Getting a Sunburn

Quora | Posted 08.05.2016 | Science
Quora

Why is it so hard to tell you're getting a sunburn? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answer...

Climate Change This Week: Siberia Exploding, Too Hot to Work, LED Job Surge, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.04.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Soon This May Be The Only Kind Of Tropical Frog In Existence - one made of painte...

'There Are No Tests': The Stunning Lack of Medical Support for Breastfeeding Women

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Grayson

The following post is the fourth in a series of excerpts adapted from Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy by Jen...