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If it Doesn't Exist, Build it: An Interview With Jasper Nance

Alison Dorantes-Garcia | Posted 07.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Alison Dorantes-Garcia

Witty, prolific hacker Jasper Nance is hard to miss. She has been one of the most active members of Arizona's first hackerspace, HeatSync labs. Prior to working at HeatSync, she worked on numerous near space balloon projects.

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

Exploding Whales: A Gateway Drug To Marine Biology

Dan Riskin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science
Dan Riskin

As humans, we're shaped by the experiences that get us outside our comfort zone. The rush of adrenaline that comes from a scare, a laugh, or pure repulsion causes our brains to record things more clearly than normal.

A Dad, an Animal Rights Protest and the Exploitation of Children

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

On Friday, April 25th, 2014, I witnessed the inappropriate political use of several elementary school age children.

Climate Change This Week: Hot Action, Forest Drones, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures May 1, 2014 How unusua...

Can I Be a Scientist and a Christian?

Martin Thielen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Thielen

Years ago, when I pastored a church in Hawaii, I met a young woman named Mary, who was working on her Ph.D. in biology. On the one hand, Mary felt drawn to Christianity. But on the other hand, she struggled with the issue of science and faith, especially evolution.

Transcendence: An AI Researcher Enjoys Watching His Own Execution

Stuart Russell | Posted 06.29.2014 | Science
Stuart Russell

So, how seriously should we take the movie's premise -- that superhuman AI is a potential threat to humanity? And how plausible, from a scientific viewpoint, is the sequence of events leading to Caster's mind being reconstituted, in vastly magnified form, inside a quantum computer?

The Science of Prayer and Service

Michael Morgan | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Michael Morgan

When is the last time you stopped everything you were doing: turned your phone off (yes, totally off!), sat still, closed your eyes and held your city in a thought-space filled with nothing but pure goodness? Does it seem impossible?

The Week to Week News Quiz for 4/25/14

John Zipperer | Posted 06.25.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Cliven Bundy isn't the only one saying strange things; take our Week to Week news quiz to see if you can identify the others.

The Messiness of Science: From Galactic Dust to Corn Syrup

Mark Alpert | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Mark Alpert

science moves in fits and starts. Nothing is proven until it's proven. Good researchers are always skeptical, always questioning their own results and those of their colleagues. It can be a frustrating process. Just ask my daughter.

The Truth About Global Warming

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

Despite all the debate you often hear about global warming, the basic scientific case is so simple that it can be reduced to a three-step deductive argument.

The Multiverse Explained... Or Not!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Although we may not be able to directly observe any other universes, their existence seems to be logically required if our model building is on the right track.

Kate Sheppard

Rand Paul Dumbs Down Climate Change Debate That He Thinks 'Should Not Be Dumbed Down'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said scientific debate should not be "dumbed down" by politics at an event at the University of Chicago Tuesday. He then procee...

WATCH: Dreamy Time-Lapse Of Northern Lights

Huffington Post | Matthew Rappaport | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science

Earth Day 2014 may be over, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop marveling at our amazing planet. From volcanic eruptions to powerful twisters to b...

Our Future Depends on Spirituality and Science Working Together

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Unless the two views join forces, we won't be using our full human capability to solve problems. Such a comprehensive human effort is precisely what global solutions require.

10 Reasons to Smash Your Cell Phone Right Now!

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 06.22.2014 | Technology
Jon Hotchkiss

The reason I want to smash my phone is that its magical utility has made me the flight attendant of my own life, instead of the passenger.

Five Science Thoughts to Blow Your Mind

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

We may actually be of the utmost significance to the universe, because after nearly 14 billion years of cosmic evolution, it is through our brain power that the universe has finally achieved self-awareness.

An After-Easter Meditation for the Cosmos Generation

Russ Pierson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Russ Pierson

While I am certainly a creationist, I am decidedly not a "Creationist" with a capital "c," and I am quite content with deGrasse Tyson's description of the very beginnings of our universe.

How Parents Can Bring Science Home -- and Why They Should

Mariette DiChristina | Posted 06.19.2014 | Science
Mariette DiChristina

Kids are actually born scientists. As any parent knows who's watched Junior drop a series of different things from his high chair to see what happens when they fall, children are innate experimenters.

Fighting for Science in the Classroom and America's Future

Michael Haas | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Michael Haas

The next generation of inventors, policymakers, and CEOs will determine the fate of the environment and our economy. In order to ensure that these future leaders are up to the challenge, a commitment to comprehensive climate science education is needed today.

Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusua...

Nature Photographer James Balog Honored

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

The cameraman featured in the Oscar-nominated film Chasing Ice has captured a lot more than ice with his lens.

Everything You Need To Know About The Science Behind Happiness In One Infographic

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.17.2014 | Good News

What is happiness, exactly? It might be easier to paint rainbows and sunshine than to articulate what the state of being is and how we can achieve...

'Humanities Folks' Need to Pay Attention to STEM, and Vice Versa

Adora Svitak | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science
Adora Svitak

When I was little, I hated a lot of things, but most of all I hated math. By extension, I disliked anything that stank of equations: physics, chemistry, technology, engineering. And then something changed.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...