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From Bad Eye Surgeons to Cat Fancies: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners...

Take Virtual Reality, Add 3D Printed Food: Will Anyone Stop Playing?

Pradeep Aradhya | Posted 05.27.2016 | Technology
Pradeep Aradhya

In the current year alone we have seen everything from VR games, to educational experiences to VR medicine to even virtual sex experiences.

Science That Can Make The Paris Agreement a Success

Alain Vidal | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Alain Vidal

We're well on our way to COP22 in Marrakech, and it is imperative to remember that the world, and in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, are expecting - no, needing - action. This action needs to be based on science, and supported by just and transparent public policies and private investments.

China Has Been Brewing Beer for At Least 5000 Years

Sarah Caroline Bell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Science
Sarah Caroline Bell

On May 23, Jiajing Wang of Stanford University reported in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that evidence has been found to suggest that beer has been brewed in China for at least 5000 years.

Probuphine: A Game-Changer in Fighting Opioid Dependence

Nora Volkow | Posted 05.26.2016 | Science
Nora Volkow

One of the challenges with all addiction medications, however, is making sure patients adhere to their prescribed regimen. For the medication to be effective, the patient must take their prescription or show up at the clinic on a daily basis.

The Climate Post: Melting of Totten Glacier Could Trigger 6 Foot Sea-Level Rise

Tim Profeta | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Tim Profeta

According to researchers who mapped the shape of the ice sheet as well as the thickness of rocks and sediments beneath it to examine the historical characteristic of erosion of Totten's advances and retreats, unabated climate change could cause the glacier to enter an irreversible and rapid retreat within the next century.

Water Quality Linked to Infant Skin Health

Sarah Caroline Bell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Science
Sarah Caroline Bell

For those with babies or children suffering, this could be the news you have hoped for. Eczema is a painful condition; any relief would be welcome.

Dare to Be 100: Beware Science Hype

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I hate to admit it, but I am probably addicted to my every Wednesday morning 8 AM routine when I am invariably seated at the Stanford Department of Me...

Open Classes in OUR Classrooms

Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd

I love to learn. I would be the person in college for the rest of my life if I could fit it in with everything else I do. So when I came across Harvard's open classes, I was in heaven.

First Humanitarian Summit Must Address Causes of Recurring Crises

Luca Alinovi | Posted 05.25.2016 | Science
Luca Alinovi

Luca Alinovi, Executive Director, Global Resilience Partnership Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre The first United N...

Climate Change This Week: Hot Spiral, Big Oil Cleaning, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.24.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Biodiversity in the Boreal are wood frogs that freeze in winter, thaw in s...

The Fountain of Youth, Where No One Drinks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have been preoccupied with anti-aging perhaps since the very dawn of self-awareness, and the implications of mortality it unveiled. We have, ever since, tethered our fears to faith and fantasy, tangled our aspirations up in fable -- about fountains of youth in particular.

The Real Reason Pig-Human Chimeras Make Ethicists Uncomfortable

Katherine Ripley | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science
Katherine Ripley

I recently came across a story about a controversial new science project: growing human organs inside pigs, cows, and sheep. It works by first removin...

Superheroes Should Probably Ditch Capes -- For Science

Inverse | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Megan Logan We know that capes have been a part of the superhero paradigm for ages -- since the ...

Scientists Have Just Found a New Form of Light

Inverse | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Neel V. Patel There's big science news out of Ireland today that fundamentally alters the way we...

The History of Data Science

Quora | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology

If you had to explain what Data Science is to someone with no prior knowledge, how would you do it? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge shari...

Everything You Need to Know About Project Starshot

Quora | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Ten Easy Ways to Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet

Quora | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living

What are some tips for people struggling to cut most of the additional sugar from their diet? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing net...

First Humanitarian Summit Must Address Causes of Recurring Crises

Johan Rockström | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Johan Rockström

The World Humanitarian Summit is the opportunity of a lifetime to go beyond Red Queen solutions. To succeed, it must lead to urgent action moving from disaster management to resilience building of interconnected human and ecological systems, from local to planetary scale.

How and Why Scientists Fudge Results, and What We Can Do About It

Charles White | Posted 05.23.2016 | Science
Charles White

The news media aren't the only perpetrators guilty of misrepresenting science; the scientists themselves are also to blame for mischaracterizing the nature of our procedures and findings.

#SciComm for the Public Good!

Marion Leary | Posted 05.23.2016 | Science
Marion Leary

Academia is supposed to foster innovation, free-thinking, and novel, impactful ideas. But if all of that happens in the Ivory Tower, what's the point?

From Painkiller Perils to Exploding Whales: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners...

This Terrifying Killer Worm Will Haunt Your Nightmares

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 05.24.2016 | Weird News

Meet the Bobbit worm: the real-life subterranean assassin you probably never knew existed. This not-so-little guy is one of the most unsettling ambush...

Who Owns Your Genes? Congress Should Decide -- and Soon

Emma Ambrogi | Posted 05.19.2016 | Science
Emma Ambrogi

When a biologist isolates a bacterium and sequences its genome, the results are her intellectual property. She is free to publish the sequence or share it with other biologists in whatever manner she deems appropriate.

I'm Celebrating HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Because There's Exciting Science Happening

Matthew Rose | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Rose

An ideal HIV vaccine would provide a cost-effective HIV prevention strategy that would have a easier access and adherence for many people than other prevention interventions while also providing long-term protection. And science is bringing us closer to that possibility.