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Homeschooling: Setting the Record Straight

Chris Sosa | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Chris Sosa

During the late 1980s, my mother heard a radio report about an educational method called "homeschooling." At the time, it was framed as a predominantly religious response in the U.S. to the secularization of schooling. But what mom saw was an opportunity to spend more time raising her children in the way she believed to be best.

Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.

The Climate Post: Obama Addresses Climate Change with Proposed 2016 Budget

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

In an effort to increase energy security and resilience to climate change, President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes a 7 percent increase in funding for clean energy and a new $4 billion Clean Power State Initiative Fund.

Prehistoric Woman's Heartbreaking Tale Revealed

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 02.05.2015 | Science

An ancient tragedy is shining new light on life in the Neolithic Era, as archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a woman who appears to have died...

Doctors Are Consumers Too: Changing the Way Physicians Approach Health Care

XPRIZE | Posted 04.06.2015 | Science
XPRIZE

We are early in this innovation cycle -- the field has a way to go, particularly when it comes to making good use of the flexibility provided by smartphones and the wealth of actionable patient data to make accurate and speedy diagnoses leading to better outcomes.

How One Artist Captured The Energy Of Ballet In Sculpture

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Countless elements pulling together into one form, directed by will, energy. Science tells us that we are matter; theologians say that we are spiri...

'Green News Report' - February 3, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

In today's news report: EPA gives Obama reason to reject Keystone XL pipeline; Feds must account for rising sea levels; Scarborough calls liberals 'science deniers'; Extreme weather whiplash from Boston to San Francisco.

The Orbital Perspective

Ron Garan | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
Ron Garan

If we adopt the same collaborative mind-set and practices that got us to the moon and back, and that built the International Space Station, we can alleviate poverty -- and do much more.

Science: Less Flash, More Substance

Benjamin Corb | Posted 04.04.2015 | Science
Benjamin Corb

Unwise austerity policies, including the spending caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and mandatory cuts from sequestration, have damaged significantly the scientific community, threatened American leadership in innovation and possibly delayed the development of treatments that patients' lives depend on.

Climate Change This Week: The Midwest Threat, Green Money Flows, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Gocomics.com "whether an event is caused by climate change ... is the wrong ques...

The Defeat of Climate Denial

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The public's support of climate science and climate policy is growing. There is a clear shape and dimension to the public's perspective and it does not match the views of climate policy advocates.

WATCH: How To Grow Lungs And Arteries In A Lab

Fusion | Jordi Oliveres, Gerry Martinez and Fermin Gonzalez | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

Laura Niklason is a professor of Anesthesia and Biomedical Engineering at Yale. She is an expert in vascular biology and cardiovascular tissue enginee...

Off the Grid Into the Heart

Sister Jenna | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Sister Jenna

As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to get off the grid, slow down, feel safe, and loved.

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What if football were more like modern medicine? Perhaps the only way to advance down the field would be to renounce all progress to date and start again each time at the 20-yard line. You never get to build on your prior gains. That seems a dubious game to me.

Two Different Paths to Obesity and What They Have in Common

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's hard to tease apart metabolic vs. hedonic causes for obesity, and impossible to change the underlying genetics leading to each susceptibility. Both mechanisms explain why it's so hard to lose weight and keep it off.

Afterlife Files Takes The Deepest Possible Look Into Electronic Voice Phenomena

Ritoban Mukherjee | Posted 03.30.2015 | Weird News
Ritoban Mukherjee

I think we all know about Electronic Voice Phenomena. But still, just FYI, when the dead attempt to communicate with the living, there are a number of stereotypical ways such a communication occurs.

What Can Supporters Do for Transhumanism?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The most wonderful thing about transhumanism is that whenever someone supports the movement and does something directly for it, they are also supporting their own health and longevity, and the health and longevity of their loved ones.

How Best to Hold Federal Scientific Research Accountable

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

The surest route to success in scientific research is to foster a robust environment of scientific investigation and engage the finest minds in that pursuit.

'Green News Report' - January 29, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IMF calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies; PLUS: Some good news: fracking banned in Scotland, and great 'Fox News' for a change!... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

The Climate Post: U.S.-India Climate Agreement Less Substantive Than U.S.-China Climate Deal

Tim Profeta | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

Rather than committing India to cap its emissions, the U.S.-India deal called for "enhancing bilateral climate change cooperation" in advance of the United Nations effort to reach an international agreement on emissions and finance in Paris in December.

What Would Happen If Humans Suddenly Disappeared From The Planet?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.29.2015 | Science

What would happen if all humans suddenly vanished from the face of the planet? That freaky thought experiment is explored in a new video from YouTube'...

Holism, Holes and Poles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The trouble with holistic medicine, or integrative medicine, is less the holes that can be poked in it by self-proclaimed sentinels of evidence, and more our prevailing tendency to gravitate to diametric poles. The best way forward is the road less traveled, which lies, as it often does, in the middle.

Are Physics to Blame for NFL Patriots Deflated Footballs?

Olympia LePoint | Posted 03.29.2015 | Science
Olympia LePoint

This is the first time, ever in my life, where I have heard science being highlighted within a pre-Super Bowl football game press conference. As a scientist, I was extremely happy and puzzled at the same time.

'Green News Report' -- January 27, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hits, misses and hype in a not-so-historic Blizzard 2015!; The influenc...

Beetle vs. Bird: Expert Panel Weighs in on Biocontrol of Invasive Tamarisk Trees

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Science
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

Tamarisk was introduced to the Western U.S. from Eurasia in the late 1800s, and over the next 50 years it was widely planted as a fast-growing, drought-resistant ornamental and riverbank stabilizer.