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Snorkeling With Seals in the Galapagos

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Most of us put on our swimsuits as soon as we're unpacked, and rummage through a box of masks and flippers. "You will be snorkeling with sea lions," warns Gabriel Ribadeneira, our naturalist and guide.

Why a Mental Universe Is the "Real" Reality

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Menas Kafatos, PhD, Bernardo Kastrup, PhD, Rudolph Tanzi, PhD   Science concerns itself with reality, in the form of "rea...

How Studying Science Strengthened My Faith

Samita Sarkar | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Samita Sarkar

When I started taking science courses a couple of years ago, I began with astronomy. We learned that our universe started with a bang, a sound vibration that expanded and continues to expand to this day.

America’s Scientists To House Science Committee: Go Away

ThinkProgress | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
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Seven major American scientific societies sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Tuesday, rebuking the congressman and defending a paper publishe...

American Nobel Laureates Feted at the 'Oscars' of D.C.

Kathy Kemper | Posted 11.30.2015 | Science
Kathy Kemper

The Laureates emphasized that science is one of the few human endeavors that is borderless, that unites instead of divides, and that creates a new and better future for all, regardless of where it's done.

The Real Reason You Feel Sleepy Post-Thanksgiving Meal

Gigi Stewart | Posted 11.26.2015 | Science
Gigi Stewart

Tryptophan is involved in producing a brain chemical (serotonin) that can, in fact, make us sleepy. This is what leads to the conclusion that eating a lot of tryptophan-rich turkey on Thanksgiving makes our eyelids heavy. It seems simple. However, before we blame the bird, let's dig deeper for the facts.

'Thing Explainer' - A Review of Randall Munroe's New Book (Using the Ten Hundred Most Common Words)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Peter H. Gleick

By using this small number of letters, you have to think about how to say things in a different, shorter, way. This new book does the same kind of thing: it makes us think about how to explain ideas and offer information in a simpler way.

The Only One in the Room: Rod McCullom on Covering HIV and Science as a Black Gay Journalist

JD Davids | Posted 11.25.2015 | Gay Voices
JD Davids

In his long career as a black gay journalist, Rod McCullom is known for his reporting on science and health (including HIV). As such, he says he has often been the only person of color in the newsroom or production studio -- and almost always the only gay black man.

Five Future Breakthroughs in Forensic Technology

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.24.2015 | Technology
Garry Rodgers

Forensic technology has made huge breakthroughs over the past thirty-five years that I've been around criminal and forensic investigations. Without question, the next thirty-five are going to bring mind-blowing advances. I've looked into my forensic crystal ball to come up with five things I think will be real by 2050.

Go Ahead, Take a Bite: New GMO Apples Are Perfectly Safe

Julie Kelly | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Julie Kelly

With one little tweak, a company has created non-browning varieties of apples that may be more appealing to consumers as well as restaurants and organizations that resist serving apples because of the waste potential.

Climate Change This Week: One Degree Closer to Catastrophe, the Clean Surge, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
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Mary Ellen Harte

Last time we checked, global warming and climate change still exist for the same reasons as before. Sustained public pressure will now be needed to force politicians to take the next critical actions on climate.

This Scientist Is Tackling What Could Be The Largest Coral Reef Die-Off Ever

Ryan Duffy | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Ryan Duffy

When we first met Dr. Ruth Gates this fall, she said something that really stuck with me. She told us that one of the problems with the scientific community is that "we can agree on 95% of something, and then debate the last 5% until it's too late to act."

Sleeping Giants

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

In 2005, the U.S. Olympic Committee, in consultation with sleep expert Mark Rosekind, upgraded the rooms at its Colorado Springs training center. ...

Your Hamburger Meat May Soon Be Grown In A Lab

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

In 2013, Maastricht University researcher Mark Post revealed he had created a lab-grown burger from a bit of cow muscle tissue. While the test-tube bu...

How Science Has Been Abused to Promote Racism

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.23.2015 | Science
The Conversation Africa

Individuals have used race to divide and denigrate certain people while promoting their claims of superiority. Some of these individuals were, and are, respected in their time and their fields.

From Paleo Snoozing to the Butt Dialing Crisis: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 11.20.2015 | Science
Justin Kitch

Last week's Curios covered the newspaper error that led to the Nobel Prize, how artisanal pizza could save the coal industry from extinction, and America's butt dialing crisis.

Student Solutions to Global Problems: STEM Education in South Carolina

Randal Mason | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

When students constantly check their phones in class, high school teachers may suspect the worst--cheating, gossip, cyber-bullying. But not Kirstin Bullington, a science, engineering, and computer science teacher at W.J. Keenan High School in Columbia, South Carolina; she genuinely gets excited when she sees phones out.

This Kid Had The Chillest Response To A Question About The Environment

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.19.2015 | Good News

This student is a tree hugger in the making -- a really hilarious one. A photo shared on Reddit by user Carlamon_ster shows a problem-s...

Short Naps Help Us Course Correct

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

But what do we do if, despite our best intentions, we're not getting the seven or eight hours a night of sleep we need? Researchers have found tha...

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...

Meet the Ugandan Scientist Who Developed the Rapid Ebola Test

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.19.2015 | Science
The Conversation Africa

A Ugandan scientist has developed a rapid diagnostic test that can detect Ebola proteins in less than five minutes at the point of care in the community. This is the first rapid diagnostic test that is able to detect various strains of the Ebola and Marburg viruses.

The Real Genius of Albert Einstein's Brain

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Garry Rodgers

When Albert Einstein died of an abdominal aneurysm the previous day, it was Einstein's will that his body be cremated. There was no mention of keeping his brain for scientific study. The story of what happened to Einstein's brain over the past sixty years, and what today's science tells us about the cause of his genius, is fascinating.

Genomics -- The Future of Forensic DNA Profiling

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Garry Rodgers

I think we're in a fascinating time, watching technological advancements in forensic sciences. We're close to the day when your tiny biological dropping at the scene of your crime will go into a machine, the button pressed, and a full-color, 3D image of your entire person right from your molecules to your moles.

Do We Need Neuroscience to Teach Us What We Already Know?

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nancy Colier

Is there anything one can read these days that isn't about neuroscience? Could there be anything left to scan in the MRI tube? Those parts of life tha...

The Latest Science on Having a Rewarding Christmas

Joey Savoie | Posted 11.17.2015 | Science
Joey Savoie

Co-authored by Michael Dello "Oh what a void there is in things." - Persius In The Life You Can Save, The Most Good You Can Do and his hugely su...