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Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusua...

Nature Photographer James Balog Honored

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.17.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

The cameraman featured in the Oscar-nominated film Chasing Ice has captured a lot more than ice with his lens.

Everything You Need To Know About The Science Behind Happiness In One Infographic

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.17.2014 | Good News

What is happiness, exactly? It might be easier to paint rainbows and sunshine than to articulate what the state of being is and how we can achieve...

'Humanities Folks' Need to Pay Attention to STEM, and Vice Versa

Adora Svitak | Posted 04.17.2014 | Science
Adora Svitak

When I was little, I hated a lot of things, but most of all I hated math. By extension, I disliked anything that stank of equations: physics, chemistry, technology, engineering. And then something changed.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

The Science of Anatomy Is Undergoing a Major Revival

Dr. John R. Hutchinson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Dr. John R. Hutchinson

Anatomy is for everyone. It is easy to relate to, because we all live in fleshy anatomical bodies that rouse our curiosity from an early age, and everywhere in nature there are surprising parallels with -- as well as bizarre differences from -- our anatomical body-plans.

Clean From the Inside Out

Leigh Weinraub | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weinraub

We have minds that race at a speed we can barely comprehend. We live in bodies that endure wear and tear of non-stop stress. We have souls that are constantly being pulled and pressured by the energetic demands of life.

USA Science and Engineering Festival: Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Children

Bernard A. Harris, Jr. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Science
Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

My curiosity for science began early in life with my passion for space. I was 13 years old during the first lunar landing. Seeing human beings on another celestial body opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities of technology.

My Experiences and Goals as a Science Advisor for Breaking Bad

Donna Nelson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science
Donna Nelson

Throughout all seasons of Breaking Bad, the science was strong; at times it seemed as if science was a separate character, such as the scene in which Walter and Jesse use thermite to break into the chemical storage building to obtain methylamine.

What I Would Do If My Foot Caught Fire

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If my foot caught fire, I would just go ahead and fetch a pail of water. Soldiering past the want of randomized clinical trials on the topic, and weirdly wonderful fad approaches would test me sorely, but I think I could deal with it.

Dem Lawmaker Blasts GOP Efforts To Advance 'Selective Science'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) denounced House GOP efforts to advance “selective science” in an interview with The Boston Globe on Monday, in which he...

Is Global Warming Real? A 30-Second Answer

Keith Gaby | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

There is either a decades-long conspiracy involving tens of thousands of scientists who have imbedded false formulas into the basic physics and chemistry textbooks, or climate change is real.

You Won't Click Past The Headline -- But You Should

Akhila Satish | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science
Akhila Satish

The past two weeks, I have argued that the headlines of mainstream media stories on science are misleading the public and doing science a disservice. In my critique, I have often wondered if people are only reading the headlines.

The G20 Nations: Tracking the Globalization of Science and Innovation

Christopher King | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science
Christopher King

With the global landscape shifting and new national and regional powerhouses emerging, countries long established as eminent in science have begun to cede their shares of worldwide research output as well as their dominance in producing the most influential results.

WATCH: Trippy Music Video Demonstrates Physics In Wild Ways

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Science

The popular new music video for musician Jack White's song "High Ball Stepper" is more than just fantastically awesome. It's science. The video ope...

The Gravity of Misinformation

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The recent concentration of misleading media hooey about health has been excruciating, but the problem is perennial. I trust I needn't make the case that you are under constant assault by distorted, contorted, titillating, and insipid headlines.

Sounds From Space -- Music for Yuri's Night 2014!

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts
Zoe P. Strassfield

Wow, where did the past year go? It's once again time to dust off your space helmets and dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate the anniversary of t...

Climate Change This Week: The Ultimate Reality Series, Zombie Oil, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 9, 2014 How unusua...

Science (Fiction), Technology, Engineering, and Math?

Stacy Jannis | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Stacy Jannis

Can examining science fiction, also known as speculative fiction, teach students something valuable, and maybe even game-changing, about science?

Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.

Introducing the Higgs Boson and Its Siblings!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.08.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

What does your weight on a bathroom scale, the expansion of our universe today, and the Big Bang have in common? If modern ideas in physics are correct, they are all caused by a new family of particles called "spin-zero bosons." Let's have a look!

How Not to Sound More Erudite

Alice Bean | Posted 04.08.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

As a physicist, I notice that people commonly use terms with physics connotations that just baffle me.

Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.

Don't Want to Die? Support a 1 Percent Jethro Knights Life Extension Tax

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Most people don't read scientific journals, but if they did they'd know the transhumanist field of life extension is repeatedly making major scientifi...

Why Facts Matter: Science Is Not an Opinion

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The distinction between weather and climate becomes critical in understanding global warming. Think of weather as a single datum point and climate as a large collection of those data. Better yet, think of weather as a one-night stand. Then climate would be raising the kid resulting from that night for the next two decades.