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Ectoplasm -- Ghostbuster To Science At The Fringe

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 07.25.2016 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

"He slimed me!" Peter Venkman spits out in disgust, writhing in sticky ectoplasm in a memorable scene from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. Ectoplasm, t...

Five Emerging Technologies in Science That Will Shape our Lives in the Coming Years

Toby Nwazor | Posted 06.13.2016 | Science
Toby Nwazor

Credit Most of us don't think we are living in a futuristic utopia. But if you look around at many of the exciting advancements in technology, you wi...

Gridlock: The Inability to do Research in Deceased Donors to Improve Transplant Organ Quality and Quantity

Dr. Sandy Feng | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Dr. Sandy Feng

It is up to the transplant community to affirm, loud and clear, that the lack of organs for transplant is a desperate and unmet need, and that innovative research is necessary to bridge the gap.

SFARI Launches Landmark Autism Research Project

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.03.2016 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative has just launched SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge), a groundbreaking online project to accelerate research and advance understanding of the genetic underpinnings of autism.

Review: 'Lab Girl' Is the Story of a Brilliant Woman Scientist With Literary Flair

The National Book Review | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Knopf 304 pp. Hope Jahren's humane and smart Lab Girl...

Metrics Mania: Hoops Contenders Face Off in Research Competition

Christopher King | Posted 03.16.2016 | Science
Christopher King

The NCAA's "March Madness®" tournament is gearing up, soon to winnow the field of 68 men's collegiate teams vying for the national basketball champio...

How One Doctor Is Waging War On Bulls**t Science

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.25.2016 | Science

We all know science is a fantastic tool for explaining our world. But as medical doctor-turned-editor Ivan Oransky knows all too well, it's not perfec...

Scientific Research Needs More Funding, But Also Smarter Spending

Footnote | Posted 02.17.2016 | Science
Footnote

The 2016 federal budget approved in December was the product of tough political wrangling but contained at least one provision with bipartisan support: significant increases in government spending on scientific research.

Making Waves in the Teenage Mind: What the LIGO Discovery Means to Us

Jordan Hartzell | Posted 02.17.2016 | Teen
Jordan Hartzell

Doesn't a discovery that confirmed Einstein's prediction of spacetime ripples deserve a little more than a comment that was "totes" just patronizing to me and ignorant of the meaning of my post?

Put Advocates in Charge of the Breast Cancer Research Agenda

Fran Visco | Posted 01.19.2016 | Science
Fran Visco

Across the country, people run, walk, dine out, buy "stuff" and write checks to support breast cancer research. All of this is great. But what exactly...

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Research to Improve Health?

Mary Woolley | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Mary Woolley

Candidates running for national office never miss an opportunity to share their solutions on the many problems facing our country with voters. From te...

Jedi Master's Degree? Academics Survey the Star Wars Galaxy

Christopher King | Posted 12.17.2015 | Science
Christopher King

Short of holing up in a cave on the ice planet Hoth, it's been nearly impossible to avoid the advertising onslaught and social-media buzz surrounding ...

GDP Growth Belongs to Economic History

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Using Green GDP as the new (and long overdue) default indicator will allow us to factor the value of a healthy environment for human life into the calculations political and economic decisions are based on.

Scientists Can Now Read a Fly's Mind

Inverse | Posted 12.08.2015 | Science
Inverse

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Sarah Sloat Flies don't get a lot of respect from humankind. It's a shame because they're not too ...

Innovations in Science: China Changing the Face of Global Research

Olivier Dumon | Posted 12.04.2015 | Science
Olivier Dumon

On December 10 when this year's Nobel Prize winners assemble in Stockholm for the annual award ceremony, there is one particular Laureate in the science categories whose award may very well signal the start of a trend.

The Sun Isn't Setting on the United States, It Is Rising

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 11.03.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Pessimists believe that the United States has peaked as a superpower and is falling behind in education, research and development, and economic growth. They say the country's best days are behind it. Fortunately, they are wrong.

The Modern, Molecular Hunt for the World's Biodiversity

The Conversation US | Posted 10.29.2015 | Science
The Conversation US

Until now, known viruses have contained so little genetic information that people have questioned whether they can even be thought of as living. But giant viruses like this one contain as much information as many bacteria, which are certainly alive, and are so big they can be seen with an ordinary microscope.

Mysteries in Ice: A Commemoration of Polar Science and Admiral Richard Byrd's Antarctic Expeditions

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 10.19.2015 | Science
K.J. Wetherholt

The acquisition of Admiral Byrd's archive in 1985 was a seminal event for what was then known as the Institute of Polar Studies at The Ohio State University. Part of the successful bid was a willingness to rename the Institute in commemoration of Byrd, which was done in 1987, making it the Byrd Polar Research Center.

Vote for Your Favorite "Nobel-Worthy" Scientists

Christopher King | Posted 10.01.2015 | Science
Christopher King

Many of the world's most accomplished scientists might find sleep a bit difficult during the week of October 5th.

Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media

Mona Shattell | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Mona Shattell

Social media provides us with a tremendous opportunity to support the ongoing and future development of our nurses, scientists, and professional leaders.

A Recent Pysch Study Shows: Don't Trust Studies

The Huffington Post | Elisabeth Brier | Posted 09.03.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

A new psychological study reveals: we shouldn't believe psychological studies. These findings are based upon the discovery that three out of four psyc...

The Need for Venture Science

Charles Eisenstein | Posted 08.27.2015 | Science
Charles Eisenstein

I just spent several hours down a rabbit hole. The topic was the "electric universe," an unconventional cosmological theory that emphasizes electromagnetism rather than gravity as the primary structuring force of the universe.

3 Cancer Research Accelerators Worth Watching

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

In 2000, Douglas Hanahan and Robert A. Weinberg articulated the concept of cancer hallmarks as a foundation for understanding cancer's biology across traditional cancer types. Three initiatives built on that foundation now promise to accelerate development of more powerful life-saving therapies.

Innovations in Science: The Cuban Research Connection

Olivier Dumon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Olivier Dumon

Scientists the world over are typically quick to embrace relationships with like-minded colleagues in other countries regardless of international politics, so it's worth taking a look at what the collaborative opportunities might be for US/Cuban research.

The Surprising Science of Praise

Joel Peterson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Joel Peterson

Reinforcing a child's success with praise is good for them, right? Well, maybe. But, it may depend on the praise that's given, and certain kinds of praise can actually do harm.