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The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

From Surf Gangs to Segmented Sleep: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Last week's Curios covered surf gangs, Game of Thrones statistics, and the passing of Silicon Valley coach Bill Campbell.

The Deafening Silence of an Empty Pool and Voiceless Dolphins

Terrie M. Williams | Posted 04.28.2016 | Science
Terrie M. Williams

These are uncertain times for big charismatic animals in the oceans and on land. Many populations are declining. Money is scarce for pool repairs and big mammal research, made worse by the public's vocal distrust of scientists, zoos and aquariums.

Nutrient Supplements in the Land of the Law of Unintended Consequences

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many supplements that don't work at all are marketed routinely, and some, very successfully. I have always maintained that this was a domain of both baby, and bathwater -- and that differentiating is essential.

Mom Without Memories

Adam Grossman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Adam Grossman

My mother, who was once the primary caretaker of her husband and three kids, who worked as a substitute teacher and part time editor of the Harvard Business Review, who threw amazing parties and volunteered at the temple and ran a gourmet catering business in her spare time, has Alzheimer's Disease, just as her mother and brother had it before her.

Starry-Eyed: My Chat with a LIGO Leader

Jordan Hartzell | Posted 04.27.2016 | Science
Jordan Hartzell

We sat down in a small, tidy office in the David Rittenhouse Laboratory overlooking a rainy 33rd Street, our Philly food truck falafels and dripping coats in hand.

Where to Start if You Want to be a Data Scientist

Quora | Posted 04.27.2016 | Technology
Quora

What knowledge/skills must an entry-level Data Science engineer have? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling qu...

Water and Climate Change

Giulio Boccaletti | Posted 04.27.2016 | Green
Giulio Boccaletti

The Paris agreement can help tackle the water crisis, both through climate change mitigation and through stimulating a more systematic and open strategy for climate change adaptation.

Review: 'Lab Girl' Is the Story of a Brilliant Woman Scientist With Literary Flair

The National Book Review | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Knopf 304 pp. Hope Jahren's humane and smart Lab Girl...

Here's The Truth About Vaccines And Herd Immunity

Natalia Reagan | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Natalia Reagan

This week is World Immunization Week and what better way to commemorate it than by discussing the facts about vaccines and the importance of herd immunity.

What If My Grandma Died From Air Pollution?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

While focus has been on trying to solve health and violence crisis in inner city communities by dealing with behavioral factors, not as much attention has been paid to the environmental factors leading to destruction of communities.

Why Mosquitoes Are So Obsessed with Humans -- and Why It Matters

Ashley Vaughan | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Ashley Vaughan

All of us encounter a pesky mosquito from time to time. For most people, it's little more than a momentary nuisance. A nip, a few days of itching, and we move on with our lives. Many people don't get by so easily, unfortunately.

Climate Change This Week: The Coral Canary, a Windy US Future, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.26.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Another Reason To Save Africa's Forests - its butterflies, such as these glass wi...

How the Private Sector Can Help End Malaria For Good

Deena L. Buford, MD, MPH | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Deena L. Buford, MD, MPH

We are at a point in time, on this World Malaria Day, when it's no longer just hypothetical to think that malaria can be eradicated

From the History of OK to Curio #1,000: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 04.25.2016 | 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...

Scientist J. Craig Venter on science, adrenaline, and the meaning of life: Darwin Barks

Steve Chapple | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Steve Chapple

La Jolla, Ca. Darwin the poodle bursts into Craig Venter's capacious office on Torrey Pines Road just as he is explaining the meaning of life. I...

Transhumanism and Our Outdated Biology

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Biohackers and reporters gather to watch Zoltan Istvan undergo a chip implant -- Photo by Roen Horn This essay below is adapted from the philosophi...

Is Evolutionary Biology Essential for Conservation of Biodiversity?

Quora | Posted 04.21.2016 | Science
Quora

Is evolutionary biology essential for conservation of biodiversity? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling ques...

How A Scientist Sounded The Alarm On Sugar Back In The 1950s--But Was Ignored

Well+GOOD | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Well+GOOD

By Rachel Lapidos for Well+Good Imagine if people thought you were crazy for saying sugar is bad for you. British scientist John Yudkin knew the fee...

Climate Change This Week: Avoiding the Heat, All Weather Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. A Prickly Situation - this cartoonish katydid is found in Yasuni National Park, E...

New Study Says Monogamy Came About Because Our Ancestors Feared STIs

Teen Vogue | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Teen Vogue

Researchers at the University of Waterloo suggest that prehistoric people were just as worried about STIs as we are now, leading to more desire for monogamous relationships.

How Teaching A Math Problem To A Child Can Help Solve Climate Change

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Sylvia Bongo Ondimba

World leaders achieved something extraordinary last December at COP21 in Paris; a binding agreement, which will be signed this week in New York, that ...

Why Are Sugars in Drinks Singled Out?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

So is it just that liquid sugar lends itself to overconsumption, or does sugar in liquid form pose an especially tough burden on our body's metabolism?

A Path to Peace in the Food Wars

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 04.19.2016 | Science
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

Could there be peace in the cornfield and the bean patch? Could the partisanship and hostility between organic and conventional farming, the two main...

The Classifications of Climate Change Thinkers

Quora | Posted 04.19.2016 | Green
Quora

How many climate change denialists are there in the US? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are an...