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This Tiny 'Gecko Power' Robot Is Way Stronger Than You

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.28.2015 | Science

Don't judge a tiny robot by its size because these petite powerhouses can pull up to 2,000 times their own weight. A pair of Stanford University P...

Climate Change This Week: Forget Flaring, Solar Light Bulbs, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Imagine This Looking Like Arizona: a new study suggests climate change could drama...

House Science Chair Smith's Expired Climate Arguments in Wall Street Journal

Climate Nexus | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Climate Nexus

Overall, this piece shows that climate contrarians are severely lacking in scientific support for their resistance to regulations. At this point, the overwhelming body of credible science doesn't support their contention, so they have to dig up talking points from years past.

Debunking the Myths of Leonardo Da Vinci

Quora | Posted 04.27.2015 | Weird News
Quora

While there is no doubt that Leonardo (he is not referred to as "Da Vinci" despite what a certain stupid novel may say) was a remarkable artist, he is often credited with influence and significance in other fields that he simply did not have.

Oz, to Ozymandias: Science, Soundbites, Symptoms and Systemic Disease

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Enough already about Dr. Oz. Whichever side you happen to be on, we might collectively acknowledge that much of the noise being made about what is, at...

Happy Birthday, Hubble: Seeing the Universe in a New Light

Kimberly K. Arcand | Posted 04.25.2015 | Science
Kimberly K. Arcand

If you are at all interested in astronomy, chances are you've already heard that the Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. What some people may not know is that Hubble is one of four siblings, so to speak.

One Word Could Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

HopeLab | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
HopeLab

If the word is new to you, it might sound like a style of electronic dance music or a pharmaceutical. No, eudaimonia can't be downloaded from the cloud or packaged in a pill. But eudaimonia is a remarkable type of experience that can improve health and well-being, for yourself and others.

What 2 Weeks of Soda Can Do to Your Heart

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Sugary drinks are linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes -- and the more soda people drink the more likely these outcomes....

Bat Disease Epidemic Still Expanding Throughout North America

Michael Sainato | Posted 04.24.2015 | Green
Michael Sainato

For the past decade, an epidemic called White-Nose Syndrome has had severe impacts on bat populations throughout North America. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, feeds on soft tissues of bats such as their wings and noses.

Some Backing Climate Change are Still in Denial

Vance Lehmkuhl | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Vance Lehmkuhl

Even among the environmentally serious, there's a split between those who acknowledge scientific, quantifiable facts and those who go for, well, ear-plugging accompanied by magical and/or wishful thinking.

What Does It Feel Like to Be Bitten By a Black Widow Spider?

Quora | Posted 04.24.2015 | Weird News
Quora

It was a sunny Sunday morning in the summertime of 2006 in Redwood City, California, and the Mrs. was back East with her gal pals for a weekend of recharging her batteries and reconnecting with old friends.

Refueling America's Research

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Sen. Ed Markey

If we don't strengthen our support of scientific research, the engine of innovation that gave our nation a competitive edge in the last century may lose steam. A "refuel" is in order to keep our job-stimulating innovation engine on pace. America's economic competitors are moving to increase their own investments, and it would be incredibly short-sighted to fall behind.

Is This The Moment Our Ancestors Learned To Kill?

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science

At some point, our earliest ancestors stopped relying solely on foraging and scavenging and started to hunt, learning to stalk and kill their food. Pr...

Don't Fear Girls Having Male Role Models

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

It blows my mind that someone would fret over the gender of volunteers. Isn't the reason why we organize events for girls to show them that gender isn't a barrier? We shouldn't criticize men for their gender when they want to help us with our goals.

Fabulous Examples That Connect Science and Stories, Part 3

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

What matters is the potential of these stories to fire up sparks all over their little heads. What matters is the potential of all cultures and mythological contexts to make similar connections.

Commissioning at LHC and Conferences

Alice Bean | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science
Alice Bean

You might have heard that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online. In the past few weeks, it started circulating beams and then they were able to ramp up the energy per beam to 6.5 trillion electron volts which is a new record, up from the previous 4 trillion electron volts.

How To Watch This Week's Stunning Meteor Shower

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science

Good news, skywatchers: the annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week, and astronomers are predicting an awesome show. The Lyrids, considered the ...

In Search of Answers for Those Struggling With Infertility

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

The good news is that couples struggling with infertility now have more options than ever before. While we have much left to do, research is steadily leading to a greater understanding of infertility's causes and risk factors, better technologies, and more personalized treatments.

Fabulous Examples That Connect Science and Stories Part 2

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

This series is about taking storytelling beyond storytelling and letting your children connect the dots between stories and science. Part 1 carried some great examples. Here are some more fabulous ones.

Climate Change This Week: Methane Blob, Renewables And Global Heat Rise, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Funny or Die: Climate Change Denial Disorder - absolutely hilarious. Enjoy, a...

Interview With Futurist Jason Silva, Host of Brain Games

Marianne Schnall | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marianne Schnall

I discovered Jason Silva through my teenage daughters. They don't watch too much television, so when I would hear them getting excited each week to watch the new episode of a show called Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, I became intrigued.

How Birding Can Help Conservation Efforts

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Craig Newmark

This year, the Cornell's bird lab's centennial year, they're inviting everyone around the globe who loves birds to be a part of the Global Big Day team. Their goal is to raise $500,000 for conservation and, with help from birds everywhere, collectively tally 4,000 of the world's 10,300 bird species in a single day. This is the real deal for conservation and birding.

Getting Women Into Science-Filled Rooms

Roberta Klatzky | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science
Roberta Klatzky

The pattern is systematic enough, however, to belie attribution to the vagaries of chance, even taking into account the fact that men considerably out-number women in senior positions in cognitive science.

Beyond EQ: Why Do We Fail to Take a Deep Breath in a Tough Situation?

Karthik Rajan | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Karthik Rajan

We look for external solutions that can help us handle difficult situations. Sometimes the best solution is all internal. This blog is an analytical t...

All the Drops Add Up

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

The Earth is amazing. And when you look at the view from space you see that the whole Earth is your home, our home. You see that what happens on the other side of the planet matters.