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Heavenly Hearts

Mario Livio | Posted 04.15.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

2013-02-13-MariolivoheartAs my modest contribution to this frenzy, I decided to take a cursory look through the archive of the Hubble Space Telescope, to see if I could identify images that include "heart-shaped" celestial objects.

Students Give Water Conservation A New Beat

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 04.15.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Tom McFadden Students at Redwood High School in Redwood City, Calif. brought their science lesson to life in a music video. By Nick Mil...

EPA unaware of industry ties on cancer review panel

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.15.2013 | Science
The Center for Public Integrity

By David Heath and Ronnie GreeneThe Center for Public IntegrityIn September 2010, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency came to a startlin...

State of the Union on Climate Change: What's the Rush?

Keith Peterman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Green
Keith Peterman

A recent report for the World Bank states that the consequences of a +4 degrees Celsius world would be "catastrophic." We are currently on a trajectory toward a +6 degrees Celsius world by 2035. Simply stated, there is no time left.

Science and Religion: Never the Twain Shall Meet

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.14.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Unlike scientific claims, beliefs cannot be arbitrated to determine which is valid because there is no objective basis on which to compare one set of beliefs to another. Those two world views are not closer than we think; they are as far apart as could possibly be imagined.

I Should've Been A Famous Scientist!

Ilana Ross | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Ilana Ross

As much as we celebrate writers and poets as speakers of truth, sometimes I can't help but think that the real voice of a generation is someone like Stephen Hawking.

DSM-5: Science or Dogma? Even Some Establishment Psychiatrists Embarrassed by Newest Diagnostic Bible

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 04.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

The DSM-5 (the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) will be released by the APA in spring 2013.

To Grasp What Conflicting Health Studies Mean to You, Master Key Science Terms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In the imperfect communication that translates scientific findings into public pronouncements, a thin thread of an association can come off as a headline that touts a sure-fire way to prevent cancer. But associations and correlations are not definitive proof of causation.

What Qualities Make A Great Mentor?

Brittany Binowski | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Brittany Binowski

Over the last few weeks my team at The Huffington Post has spoken to a lot of amazing women from all around the country as we prepared to build out groups of mentors for our Girls in STEM mentorship program. As we get ready to kick off the program, we've compiled a few tips from Facebook for our mentors when interacting with their mentees. According to our community, having a passion for your field and an open-mind is key.

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 4): Dualism

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Cartesian dualism presupposed an independent reality "out there" that remains undisturbed during scientific observation. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle removes the partition separating mind from matter, rendering a fatal blow to Cartesian dualism.

Seaside Fog and Fiber-Optics: How Light Shapes Your Thoughts

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.07.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

I'd moved into a place near the beach in the hope of enjoying some world-famous California weather -- but every day, until the sun burned away the fog around lunchtime, the only weather I saw was the thick mist that blanketed my porch.

The Best of Channel Surfing on YouTube: Week of February 4, 2013

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.07.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Each Monday on Channel Surfing, What's Trending quickly flips through the best of what's happening around YouTube and serves it up for your viewing pleasure.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Why Does Sadness Make Us Cry?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.04.2013 | Science

We're all too familiar with tears welling up in our eyes--brought on by stress, sadness, or even laughter. But why exactly does feeling things make li...

Are We All Just Wired for Anxiety?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

If Shermer is right (and he is), and that our default setting is to see patterns where they don't exist because the cost of being wrong (that there is no pattern) is usually much higher than the cost of being right (that there is a pattern) then I have some bad news for you.

Abortion Bill Contains Interesting Ban

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Mississippi has proposed a ban on human-animal hybrids. State Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R-Booneville) proposed t...

Girls In STEM: 2013 Mentorship Resources And Updates

Brittany Binowski | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Brittany Binowski

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affectin...

What Is Skepticism, Anyway?

Michael Shermer | Posted 04.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Michael Shermer

2013-02-01-shermerpullI am often asked what I mean by skepticism, and if I'm skeptical of everything or if I actually believe anything. There is also a popular notion that skeptics are closed-minded.

Understanding Health Myths, Presumptions and Facts

Rachele M. Pojednic, PhD | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachele M. Pojednic, PhD

In the scientific world, we live by the tenet "association does not assume causation." That is, just because two things happen to be related, does not mean that one caused the other.

Communicating Science, Caveman Style

David Rejeski | Posted 04.02.2013 | Science
David Rejeski

The headline in the Britain's Daily Mail tabloid was hard to miss: "Wanted: Adventurous Woman to Give Birth to Neanderthal Man, Harvard Professor seeks Mother for Cloned Cave Baby."

Miracle Pills and Muscle Drills: How to Train Your Brain to Think Healthy

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.02.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Could our national obsession with quick fixes, one-step cures and bullet-pointed tips be distracting us from making long-term commitments to health?

On The Fringe Of Reality

Mark Boslough | Posted 04.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Boslough

In our daily lives, there often seem to be just enough ants, raindrops, and clouds for us to discern patterns, but not enough to be certain or to know what they mean.

Alaska Scientists Discover Remains of 40,000-Year-Old Extinct Bison

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science
Alaska Dispatch News

As she scraped cold dirt from the remains of an extinct bison, Pam Groves wrinkled her nose at a rotten-egg smell wafting from gristle that still clun...

Great Mathematical Problems

Ian Stewart | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science
Ian Stewart

Great mathematical problems sometimes arise from questions about the natural world, but more often they emerge because gaps appear in our mathematical knowledge.

Easy Homemade Yogurt With Bananas Foster

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 03.30.2013 | Taste
Kathy Carter Woods

I'd been wanting to make homemade yogurt for years. After much trial and error, I finally figured it out and found the perfect recipe for me: a small batch of unsweetened yogurt.

Can Insects Smell Food from Hundreds of Meters Away?

Quora | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matan Shelomi, Entomologist Within a hundred meters seems likely. That seems to be the limit...