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Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

Who Was the Real Jack the Ripper?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.13.2015 | Crime
Garry Rodgers

Jack The Ripper, the man who terrorized London in the fall of 1888 by butchering at least five prostitutes, is the world's most famous serial killer who's never been caught. What did the original investigation tell us about him and what has modern forensics learned about his true identity?

In Ethiopia, a Hunger for Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.

Why The Big Bang Theory is Important to Me

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.13.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

In The Big Bang Theory, science is not presented as something dark and dreadful, to be discredited. The work they do is plain hard mental labor. It requires practice, but is doable. The basics can and should be understood by everyone

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 8: Dr. Luke Powery on Continuing the Conversation in Churches

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Life has an inexhaustible curriculum, and the lessons are infinite just like God even when it comes to a conversation about faith and science, God and the cosmos, creation and evolution, quantum physics and eternity, imago dei and science, genetics and morality, and health and healing.

Insomnia and the Performance of U.S. Workers

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

A 2011 Harvard Medical School study found that insomnia was significantly associated with lost work performance, and when projected onto the entir...

Independent Research Institutes Play Vital Role in Innovation Ecosystem

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

How good is the research conducted at the IRIs? A key metric is competition for NIH grants, which has gone from intense to extreme over the past decade. Grants are evaluated on five criteria: potential impact on human health, scientific approach, innovation, investigator expertise, and institutional environment.

"Straight Women Don't Exist!" and Other Terrible Science Reporting

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nadia Khayrallah

Recently, the internet erupted a bit over the scientific "discovery" that women are "bisexual or gay, but never straight."

Junk Food: From Confusion to Clear and Simple Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I was somewhat startled, and quite concerned, to learn directly from the source while sipping coffee together, that my wife was confused by the latest...

From Robotic Trash to the Senate's Sweet Secret: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 11.06.2015 | Science
Justin Kitch

Last week's Curios covered the future of robotic trash collection, 19th century "prescription" beards, and the sweet history of the U.S. Senate candy desk.

New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes

Nora Volkow | Posted 11.06.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Smoking still causes nearly half a million deaths each year in our country. Research now suggests that reducing the nicotine in cigarettes to a fraction of its current levels may be one way to lessen the health-destructive power of these products.


Justin Curmi | Posted 11.09.2015 | Science
Justin Curmi

What is a generation? What does it show about the people in it? Are there different generations for each country? These questions arise when the phrase "Baby Boomer," "Generation X," "Generation Y," or others are mentioned.

The Nature of Science Is to Question, So We Must Question Science Itself

Susan Shehata | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media
Susan Shehata

I used to be one of the biggest skeptics I knew, second only to my father -- the scientist. You know what makes a good skeptic? Believe nothing. Question everything. And I always do. Or, at least, that's where I start.

Murderous Attacks on Bangladeshi Science Writers and Publishers

Nigel Hughes | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Nigel Hughes

This year to date, six people in Bangladesh who have promoted a natural and observation-based view of humanity's place in history have been hacked to death by those who seek to impose a particular supernatural view of humanity's origins and destiny.

Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?

NASA Is Recruiting the Next Generation of Astronauts - Here's What You Need to Apply

Kieran Dickson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science
Kieran Dickson

It's something that you've likely dreamed about doing throughout your life, but have you ever considered the reality of becoming a real-life astronaut?

Ten Points on Science (and) Diplomacy

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Before you move to the ten points summarising the notes and illustrations from my keynote address, you can put our deliberation on science and diplomacy into the historical context visualized by Holbein's painting 'The Ambassadors.'

SPACE PHONE: Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory

Mark DeCarlo | Posted 11.04.2015 | Travel
Mark DeCarlo

Of the many reasons to visit Puerto Rico: tropical climate, Caribbean cuisine and Latin Music, only one is truly out of this world.

How The Oil Industry Pumped Up Spending On Disinformation To Kill California Climate Bill Provision

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

The five carbon majors and the rest of the oil and gas industry are still spending millions to deceive the public and derail government attempts to address the problem.

When Global Warming Gets You Down, Come Back Stronger

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

The energy it takes to make honest, interesting and informative content for NASA's climate website, the energy it takes to not let the daily deluge of Internet trolls and nasty comments get to me, all while facing the reality of GLOBAL WARMING, is exhausting.

The Trans Movement Needs a New, Science Based Strategy

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

There are four ways to change the legal framework that transgender people live under: legislation, ballots, case law, and policy changes. The sooner we stop wasting our time tilting at legislative and ballot windmills, the better.

Is More Eye Contact Always Better?

Cheryl G. Murphy | Posted 11.03.2015 | Science
Cheryl G. Murphy

"Good eye contact" is an important part of great communication. But how much is too much? When used correctly, direct eye contact can show a person is confident and attentive but too much can make them seem creepy or intimidating.

In Our Wi-Fi World, The Internet Still Depends On Undersea Cables

The Conversation US | Posted 11.03.2015 | Technology
The Conversation US

The biggest problem with cable systems is not technological -- it's human. Because they run underground, underwater and between telephone poles, cable systems populate the same spaces we do. As a result, we accidentally break them all the time.

Making Science Enthusiasm Work

Michael S. Evans | Posted 11.03.2015 | Science
Michael S. Evans

It's good to get people excited about science. Science is awesome! But let's not forget that science is a human endeavor built by, and for, real people. We can't stop at enthusiasm if we all want to move forward together.

The Great British Sleep Survey

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

As the Great British Sleep Survey found, poor sleepers are seven times more likely to feel helpless and five times more likely to feel alone. Thes...