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The Science Delusion

Ian Williams | Posted 08.09.2013 | Books
Ian Williams

In my latest Catskill Review of Books radio program, I talk to Curtis White about his strong disagreements with the New Atheists, like Dawkins and Hit...

World Oceans Day Means Business

Greg Stone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Greg Stone

On World Oceans Day, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Oceans is endorsing two initiatives to guide management of ocean resources for the future: the Ocean Health Index and "seafood traceability"(transparent tracking of seafood from source to consumer).

I Sing The Body Hypoxic

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 06.07.2013 | TED Weekends
John Berardi, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOf course, you may never want to make your body bigger, smaller, and then bigger again. You may never want to hold your breath for 17 minutes. And you may never want to run through a forest fire.

'Green News Report' - June 6, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

The Shocking Saga of an Imprisoned Idea

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects An i...

End of Space Shuttle Saves World

Anna Leahy | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Anna Leahy

If Richard Godwin's biotech company can do what it thinks it can, no one in the world need go hungry, and we might be able to live forever.

What If Lab Animals Could Tweet?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Georgianne Nienaber

The Gallup Study opens the door to more questions than answers about changing moral values with respect to animals. No one wants to see Fido in the laboratory with electrodes coming out of his head, but the plight of monkeys seems to affect the young more than the old.

The 3rd Grade Science Fair: A Common Core Conundrum

Alan Singer | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

I believe Common Core goals are useful for teachers because they help define what students should be able to do at different stages in school. But the Common Core does not detail what students should actually know about content and concepts or how they should be taught.


Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

I kept peering over the rims to see if I was seeing was what was really up there or did those who didn't have their super specs on miss something I was seeing? You know what I mean. Things are different depending on the prescription you have, or rather the perception you have.

Why A Science Degree Is Key To Success

Anne Chow | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Anne Chow

Don't get me wrong, strength in the language arts is vitally important, too. However, you have a lifetime to continually work on those skills - whereas, in my experience, the same is not true for STEM-related abilities.

Climate Change This Week: Partisans Agree, Minnesota Mandates Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Most GOPs and Dems Agree: Push Clean Energy And Tax Carbon says a new poll, reports Ryan Koronowski at Climate Progress. From 60 to 66 percent of GOPs...

Revealed: Best Way to Pour a Coke (Video)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.03.2013 | Science
Jon Hotchkiss

Turns out there are quite a few scientific factors at work that will determine whether your Coke goes flat upon pouring or remains refreshingly carbonated.

Which Cup Keeps Coffee Hotter... Longest? (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 07.31.2013 | Taste
Jon Hotchkiss

From cheap styrofoam to ceramic to expensive bone China to plastic and even 20-dollar thermoses, everyone who drinks coffee has their favorite "Caffeine Delivery Vehicle." And yet one question lingers: Which cup keeps the planet's favorite drink hotter... longest?

Dear Fox Business: Nature's Calling

David Trumble | Posted 07.31.2013 | Media
David Trumble

2013-05-31-DavidTrumblelouddobbs Watching a collection of supposed experts trying to positively align the idealised (and increasingly narrow) vision of a conservative "nuclear family" and the natural world should be funny, but instead it's just deeply worrying.

The Fear of Knowing Everything

Paul Ratner | Posted 07.30.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

He had a fear of knowing everything. Some day it was bound to happen. All the questions would get their answers. All that is unpredictable would fit into narrow and well-defined boundaries.

Advancing Women in Science and Technology is Critical for Innovation

Bill Destler | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Bill Destler

In summary, a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial for attracting and retaining top talent. This is especially true for colleges and universities, like RIT, that specialize in innovation.

Why The National STEM Education Fund Is So Important

Maria Cardona | Posted 07.28.2013 | Technology
Maria Cardona

There's no doubt we have the students capable of achieving the heights of Spelman's students. Our challenge is increasing opportunities for more students, especially women and minorities, to study STEM fields. A national STEM fund would be a sound foundation for every state.

A Game of Numbers: 54 Assembly Votes Needed to Pass California Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

It is Monday morning as this is written, 3:47 a.m. On Wednesday or Thursday of this week, the full California Assembly will vote yes or no on paralys...

Why Doesn't Government Get Better? The Case for Experimenting With Microcountries

Josiah Tullis | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Josiah Tullis

Government is a science. Political science is, according to Aristotle, the study of the state. But if governance is a science why don't we see more experimenting with the state? Why aren't we trying new things in government?

Climate Change This Week: Tornado Tutorial, Chinese Carbon Caps, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.26.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Water Shortages Drying Up Economic Growth in China, reports Leslie Hook at the Financial Times. Both growing urbanization and climate change are worse...

LOOK: Engagement Ring Lights Up When Fiance Is Near

Posted 05.24.2013 | Weddings

Can YOUR wedding ring do this? San Francisco engineer Ben Kokes proposed to his girlfriend earlier this month with a ring that lights up when he is...

Who Rejects Evidence of Global Climate Change?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Science
Art Markman, Ph.D.

What kinds of people are prone to reject the scientific evidence for global climate change? This question was explored in the May 2013 issue of Psychological Science. These researchers suggest that people typically engage in motivated reasoning.

How To Use Videos To Inspire Students To Think About Scientific Principles

Mamta Patel Nagaraja | Posted 07.23.2013 | Technology
Mamta Patel Nagaraja

Let's watch the video and then discuss how you could use it to inspire and fascinate a student to think about scientific principles and material behavior.

On Science, Politics and Climate Change

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.23.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

One reason you don't want to have politicians mucking around in the nuts and bolts of science is that they often have a shaky grasp of the science at best.

Passionate about helping people?

Alicia Abella | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology
Alicia Abella

"Making your mark on the world is hard," President Obama simply put during a 2006 speech. When I was a young girl I knew I wanted to help people. Considering my fascination with simply knowing how things worked, I had trouble picturing how I could turn that passion into a career.