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From Vanishing Dots to Piggy Banks: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 09.26.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Last week's Curios covered illusions to trick your brain, boozy physics thought experiments, and piggy bank etymology.

A Facetime Eulogy

Sister Jenna | Posted 09.26.2016 | Technology
Sister Jenna

Today, I found myself in a most unusual position of giving the eulogy at my father's funeral through FaceTime while riding a train to New York City.

Open Letter To The Presidential Debate Moderators

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

These final debates are the last chance voters get to try and understand the candidates' views on the big issues, and for you, the moderators, to probe more deeply into subjects they've glossed over or avoided.

These researchers want you to mail them your gut bacteria

ResearchGate | Posted 09.23.2016 | Science
ResearchGate

UC San DiegoMost of the DNA in your body isn't yours; it belongs to the bacteria that comprise your personal microbiome. This bacterial make-up has si...

Why Apple's Push for Accuracy of Health Apps Is a Major Step in the Right Direction

Hugo Mercier | Posted 09.23.2016 | Technology
Hugo Mercier

It's becoming increasingly easy to make a fitness and health tracking app these days. Don't get me wrong -- a killer mobile experience is a feat now t...

Academic Organizing is Gaining Momentum and Innovation is the Big Winner

Neal Sweeney | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Neal Sweeney

On August 23, the National Labor Relations Board affirmed the rights of academic workers at private institutions to join unions in a case brought by C...

Do Carrots Actually Improve Your Eyesight?

Wired | Posted 09.22.2016 | Taste
Wired

By Jennifer Chaussee for Wired. You probably grew up hearing that eating carrots could help your eyesight—even make you see in the dark. Th...

Women In Business Q&A: Professor Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, University of Bath

Laura Dunn | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Laura Dunn

IDPS, University of Bath Carole Mundell is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath. An observational ...

Climate Change This Week: Megadroughts, Virtual Clean Power Plants, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.21.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Amazonian ant-mimic treehop...

The Science of Nobel Prize Prediction

Christopher King | Posted 09.21.2016 | Science
Christopher King

If the scientific and scholarly world has an equivalent of filmdom's annual, pre-award "Oscar fever" of late February, it's just about upon us: Beginn...

From Marmosets to Musical Taste: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 09.20.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Last week's Curios covered marmoset students, wasps in figs, and why your genes might be to blame for your ridiculous drunken behavior.

Together In The Conquest Of Cancer

Gregory Roloff | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Gregory Roloff

Thanks to years of dedicated work, we now have the ability to gaze into the depths of cancer like never before. However, these investigations have untangled the true diversity of cancer at the genetic level.

A Revolution In Supercomputing Is Coming. From A Remote Mountain Town. In New Mexico.

Lab Notes | Posted 09.21.2016 | Technology
Lab Notes

By Gary Grider Tucked in the foothills of the Jemez mountains in northern New Mexico, among the ponderosa pines and endless blue skies, sits one of t...

Experimental Science: A Short Interview With That Physics Show's Dave Maiullo

Danny Groner | Posted 09.19.2016 | New York
Danny Groner

Science isn't exactly the first association most people have with an Off-Broadway show. But that's part of the appeal of That Physics Show. The classr...

A Cosmic Perspective: Interview With StarTalk's Neil deGrasse Tyson

Marianne Schnall | Posted 09.19.2016 | Science
Marianne Schnall

When my daughter Lotus recently became interested in astronomy, and we began watching shows and documentaries about space and the universe, we discovered Neil deGrasse Tyson, the dynamic host of the National Geographic talk show "StarTalk."

Transhumanism, Atheism, Christianity, And The Transhumanist Olympics

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

As a science and technology-inspired presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party, my candidacy has been a strange and unique journey. The coffin bus has so far been the wildest part. The bus was designed as a coffin to remind spectators of one thing: We're going to die.

Innovation and Regulation in Pharmaceuticals

Adam Grossman | Posted 09.15.2016 | Impact
Adam Grossman

I am a caregiver and patient advocate for my mom. I am also a proud co-founder of Give to Cure. My dynamic and awesome co- founder, Lou Reese, is a pa...

Is The Shocking News of the Sugar Industry's Influence Over Harvard Researchers Really Shocking?

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.14.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Rather than following headlines and trends, we should all do what Grandma recommended--everything in moderation. Especially consumption of new studies. But not sugar. Sugar, we now know according to the new JAMA paper, is bad news.

Scientific organizations must be braver in confronting climate denial

Geoffrey Supran | Posted 09.13.2016 | Science
Geoffrey Supran

Citadels of science like MIT and the American Geophysical Union are eschewing opportunities to stand up against climate change denial by turning a bli...

Evolution Is True. So What?

David Vognar | Posted 09.09.2016 | Science
David Vognar

We must accept material evolution for what it is and our mental and social worlds for what they are. The fact that we know more about the former than the latter does not negate the importance of mind and interaction in shaping who we are and what we can become.

A Study in Project-Based Learning

Jonathan Lash | Posted 09.09.2016 | Education
Jonathan Lash

Most students learn best through hands-on projects and experiences, guided by teachers - learning by doing. It works. An example is the group of stu...

Climate Change This Week: It Started 200 Years Ago, A Lit Fuse, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.07.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this little clown grasshopper fro...

Groundbreaking Lyme Researcher: 'We Need To Do A Better Job At Communicating'

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.06.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

The following Q&A is a continuation of an interview with Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that stud...

Human Vs. Pathogen: The Art Of Battling Infectious Disease

John Aitchison | Posted 09.06.2016 | Science
John Aitchison

Today, science is propelling new discoveries every day that hold the potential to save lives. We know the great influence we can have when more of us pay attention and raise our voice.

With Our Planet At The Crossroads, The Future Of Conservation Depends On Science

Rebecca Shaw | Posted 09.07.2016 | Green
Rebecca Shaw

This week, conservation takes center stage as 6,000 global experts dive deep into the issues that will define the physical future of our planet. And with the all the far-reaching impacts of these decisions affecting the long-term sustainability of our planet, it's a gathering that cannot come soon enough.