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Tropical Storm Emily Forms, Takes Aim At Caribbean

AP | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green

ROUSEAU, Dominica — Tropical Storm Emily formed Monday in the eastern Caribbean and lashed islands with heavy rain and winds, as the system move...

Breakthroughs In How We Teach Science

Linda Katehi | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education
Linda Katehi

Engineers design and build things. They use math, science and carefully observed trial and error to create products that are useful, that help solve problems. Children learn in much the same way.

Former White House Science Adviser John Marburger Dies At 70

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 09.28.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The White House science adviser to President George W. Bush, John H. Marburger III, has died. He was 70. A Democrat, Marburger was in c...

Behind the Scenes: European Space Operations Centre

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 09.28.2011 | Technology
Michael Yarbrough

Part of the larger European Space Agency (ESA), the ESOC is undertaking some of the most compelling and contemporary research in the world and is charged with the mission control of all European non-manned missions to space.

Researchers: Humans Crowded Out Neanderthals

AP | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Were the Neanderthals simply crowded out by the ancestors of modern humans? That's the theory of a pair of British researchers, who say...

Arctic Scientist Under Investigation For Alleged Misconduct

AP | BECKY BOHRER | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green

JUNEAU, Alaska — Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Ar...

New Ways To Spot Fake Whiskies

Posted 09.27.2011 | Home

Good Scotch whisky costs way too much to pay for a fake. But high prices also mean that would-be-counterfeiters have a strong incentive to enter the m...

Nerd News Roundup: Best of the Week

Brad Shannon | Posted 09.27.2011 | Technology
Brad Shannon

Nerd News Roundup is culled from tech and science blogs, with special attention given to items related to trends in media, politics, and journalism. It is designed for writers who do not have the time or inclination to search for this stuff on their own.

PLTW -- Leading the Way in STEM Education

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Few students come to engineering well prepared. PLTW students are not only well prepared but have already been introduced to basic engineering concepts and are ready to hit the ground running.

Angry Birds! Roller Coasters! Harry Potter! Thank You, STEM

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 09.25.2011 | Education
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

People who have studied and work in STEM subjects are responsible for much of our modern amusement, communication, health, and progress. They invent and make the stuff we love. They improve our lives.

Time Travel 'Impossible,' Say Scientists

Discovery News | Posted 09.25.2011 | Technology

Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light -- demon...

STEM Degrees Provide Value Even in Non-STEM Careers

Elizabeth Marincola | Posted 09.21.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Marincola

Why are so many young people intimidated by science? A recent study reports that those who pursue a science career both enjoy lower rates of joblessness and earn 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.

The Verdict Is In For Texas Schools: Will Creationism Be Taught In Science Class?

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 09.21.2011 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education delivered a blow to social conservatives Friday, giving final approval to supplemental high s...

'Earth Burp' May Have Caused Mass Extinction

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

Researchers seem to keep finding new ways that most of the planet's life could have gone extinct. Researchers at the Nordic Center for Earth Evolut...

Evolutionary Science Materials In Texas Get Preliminary Approval

AP | By JIM VERTUNO | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas -- An expected fight over teaching evolution in Texas classrooms fizzled Thursday when the state's Board of Education gave preliminary a...

Watch: How to Avoid Being Eaten By a Lion

Posted 09.20.2011 | Home

A new study says that if you want to avoid being eaten by a lion - pay attention to the moon. Researchers discovered that a significant number of ...

Biology Is Not Destiny in the Evolution of Sexual Coercion

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 09.20.2011 | Women
Eric Michael Johnson

Cross-posted at Scientific American. Warning: content may be triggering for survivors of sexual assault/abuse. Elizabeth Wilde's mouth was stuffed w...

Watch: Humans Are 'Rock-Paper-Scissors' Copycats

Posted 09.20.2011 | Weird News

New research from a British university shows that it's hard for humans to avoid imitating each other - even when playing a game of rock-paper-scissors...

PHOTO: Same Horrifying Worm In A Totally Different Light

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

Just when you thought you'd seen the freakiest image of all time, another one emerges. This is a different image of the same deep-sea tube worm. Ho...

Nerd News Roundup: Useful Stuff You Probably Missed

Brad Shannon | Posted 09.18.2011 | Technology
Brad Shannon

Most people are too busy using their technology to think about how they could use it better. Let me help you with that. And here are related trends in media, politics, and journalism that you probably missed.

It's Time We Take the Pulse of the Gulf

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Vikki N. Spruill

We cannot continue to let the Gulf suffer. Pillars of the regional economy -- tourism, energy, recreational fishing and the seafood industry -- cannot prosper without the natural resources that support them.

Girls and the Future of Science

Meg Urry | Posted 09.18.2011 | Technology
Meg Urry

Plenty of girls have the talent and interest to do science, including physics. Last year at Yale, we had more women physics majors than men and the fraction of women is consistently above 20%, the national average. So what is holding women back?

You Won't Believe This Is Real

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 09.17.2011 | Green

This is not photoshop, no clever graphics, no movie scene... it's a hydrothermal worm. And it's a real creature. It's just really, really small....

GOP Antiscientists Are Leading America Down a Dangerous Road

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Americans should support the rarer and rarer Republican candidates that are pro-science. Nations that have strayed too far down the path of placing ideology ahead of science have come out losers, both economically and in terms of global power.

All Three Winners Of Google Global Science Fair Were Girls From U.S.

Posted 09.14.2011 | Education

Three girls from different parts of the country defied the status quo earlier this week -- by snagging the top title in a global science fair for each...