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Paul Stoller | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Paul Stoller

STEM is important in the future of higher education, but so are the social sciences and humanities which teach students how to think critically and to how assess the social and cultural ramifications of rapid technological change.

Why We Create Moral Issues

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The concept of fairness is a moral value. Why are discussions of issues like gay marriage turned into moral issues? According to a new study, the psychological value of creating a moral issue is that it gives people a legitimate reason to have an opinion on an issue.

Humility and Hubris in Science and Technology

Terry Newell | Posted 07.21.2012 | Science
Terry Newell

In April, researchers discovered that the dysbindin-1 gene may be linked to general cognitive ability. This was reported in scientific journals but its potential impacts were not seriously discussed.

'Glorious Nation' Where Apples Originated

| Sam Kean | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science

Nearly every child has bitten into a crabapple (left) at some point and spit it back out--yuck! But a new study in PLoS Genetics shows that modern su...

STEM Education = Scientific Success

Elizabeth Marincola | Posted 07.18.2012 | Education
Elizabeth Marincola

Yesterday I watched as the world's top young high school scientists, researchers and innovators took home more than $3 million in awards. Each of these competing students are a force for profound good.

Can a Chimp Outwit a Scientist?

David Edmund Moody | Posted 07.18.2012 | Green
David Edmund Moody

Scientists are mistrustful of anthropomorphism, the tendency to attribute human qualities to animals and other non-human entities. But what about the equal danger of the insistence that certain abilities are unique to humans?

Putting Irish Science on the (Google) Map

John Lee | Posted 07.18.2012 | Media
John Lee

It's a digital, interactive, online, tricked-out Google map called The Atlas of Ingenious Ireland. Dedicated to "Putting Irish Science on the Map," it locates and annotates key science, tech and natural history landmarks.

Will the Future Be As Bright As You Think?

Tom Huston | Posted 07.17.2012 | Science
Tom Huston

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? When you've eaten all the whipped cream and upper midsection of your Venti Soy Mocha Frappuccino, is that cup half empty or is it half full of stuff you probably shouldn't be drinking at the start of your day?

The "Best Hope" for AIDS Vaccine Advocacy

Mitchell Warren | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Mitchell Warren

If the world acts with strategy and speed to implement the proven and emerging options, the epidemic should be on a measurable downward trajectory over the next five to ten years. Why, then, do we still need an AIDS vaccine? Because we want to end the epidemic.

How Reliable Is 'Gaydar?' New Study Yields Surprises

Posted 05.17.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 05/16/2012 02:19 PM EDT on LiveScience People can judge with surprising accuracy whether...

Scary Asteroid Survey Spotlights 'Impact Hazard ' Of Space Rocks

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.17.2012 | Science

Know that space rock that wreaked havoc on the world in the 1998 action movie Armageddon? Well, that might have been fiction--but a new NASA study ide...

Sea Turtle Conservation Boosted by New Research

Laura DiMugno | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Laura DiMugno

Scientists have uncovered new details about sea turtle migrations in what could potentially be a breakthrough in the conservation of these endangered animals.

Creativity, Persistence and Working Memory

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2012 | Science
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Working memory capacity is the amount of information that people can hold in mind at once. All of us have a relatively limited amount of information we can think about at any one time, but there are differences between people in the size of working memory.

Slow and Steady Will Not Win the Race

Linda Rosen | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
Linda Rosen

We should not deny the progress we've made thus far. But business leaders learned long ago that slow and steady will not win the race.

Strange Fossil Reveals Plight Of Prehistoric 'Sea Monster'

Posted 05.16.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/15/2012 06:09 PM EDT on LiveScience Ancient creatures resembling stout-necked Loch Ness ...

ECLIPSE SAFETY ALERT: Protecting Your Eyes While Viewing 'Ring Of Fire'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.18.2012 | Science

For those in the right place at the right time, Sunday's solar eclipse will appear as a stunning "ring of fire." The ring will appear in the sky as th...

Will Harry Potter-Style 'Invisibility Cloak' Make Real-World Appearance?

Posted 05.16.2012 | Science

By: Adam Hadhazy, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor Published: 05/15/2012 01:08 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's ...

Simple Trick Lessens Injection Pain, German Scientists Say

Posted 05.16.2012 | Science

By: MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Published: 05/15/2012 01:51 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Looking away while you're getting an injection really does mak...

WATCH: Zoom Over Amazing Asteroid During Surreal Sunrise

Posted 05.15.2012 | Science

Even though NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the asteroid Vesta since mid-2011, the rocky world still yields surprises--from its complex geo...

Schools That Should Teach America About Teaching Science

James M. Gentile | Posted 07.15.2012 | Education
James M. Gentile

The Nation's Report Card on Science 2011, released last week by the federal government, showed modest improvement but raised even more concern about America's ability to grow the science-literate workforce needed in the 21st century.

THIS WEEKEND: Solar Eclipse To Create Spectacular 'Ring Of Fire'

Posted 05.18.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/14/2012 10:19 AM EDT on SPACE.com Skywatchers in East Asia and the western United States should circle Sunday (May 2...

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How To Make A Digital Human

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 05.14.2012 | Science

2012-05-14-Screenshot20120514at12.29.01PM.jpgHave you ever wondered just how they make digital characters like Benjamin Button? Apparently, the trick is all in the lighting.

This Week In Science History, May 6-12

Posted 05.13.2012 | Science

Paging Dr. Freud--this week in science history marks the birthday of the father of psychoanalysis. Also this week historians of science are rememberin...

Waitresses' Lipstick Choice Tied To Size Their Tips

Posted 05.12.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 05/11/2012 02:14 PM EDT on LiveScience There's something about red. Studies suggest it makes...

What Birth Season May Mean For Health

Posted 05.12.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/11/2012 02:14 PM EDT on LiveScience The season in which a baby is born apparently influenc...