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The Tick Tock of the Doomsday Clock

Joe Cirincione | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The minute hand of the Doomsday Clock will stay at five minutes to midnight for the year 2013, say the scientists and experts at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists who maintain one of the world's most famous time pieces.

TWEETS: #OverlyHonestMethods Captures Hilarious Science Goofs

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.10.2013 | Education

"Honesty is the best policy," goes the old truism. But as the latest trending hashtag on Twitter illustrates oh-so-well, it may not be the best policy...

Scientists Find Mega-0il Field... 1,300 Light Years Away

James Burgess | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
James Burgess

Have our wishes been answered? Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever... but before you do I should probably inform you of the tiny hiccup in any plan to develop this oil field.

No Planet, No Jobs: The Suicide Bombing of Science

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Bernard Starr

Yes climate change is a jobs issue and moreover, it's the foremost personal and national security issue. The misery delivered by hurricane Sandy has unveiled the hazard of a wait-and-see policy. What are we waiting for now?

What Acupuncture Can Teach Us About Science

Mark Schulman | Posted 12.22.2012 | College
Mark Schulman

The basic hostility to techniques that don't fit the old conceptual model is still very active and entrenched. I believe it begins all too often in our graduate curricula, where scientific imagination is frequently seen as an attack on received wisdom.

Climate Science and Science Literacy: The Strange Divergence

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Further "education" on climate science alone is unlikely to make inroads with people who have already decided that climate change is not real or not human-induced.

William Harvey and the Myth of Objective, Empirical Science

Thomas Wright | Posted 12.03.2012 | Science
Thomas Wright

The traditional portrait of William Harvey is, I argue, an icon of an objective, quasi-mystical form of empirical science that Harvey himself never practiced or believed in, but which continues to find adherents today.

What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 11.14.2012 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Absent a commitment by our government to the direct support of basic biomedical research, our country will be unable to inspire young people to choose science as a career and will lose the ideas those young people could bring to future discovery.

Creationism Runs into Inconvenient Truth of Science

Nathan Greenberg | Posted 11.07.2012 | Science
Nathan Greenberg

Science may very well be a means of explaining the workings of God. We may have been given the necessary tools to explore and explain our existence.

Dog Owners, Pick Up Your Pooper-Scoopers In The Name of University Research

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 07.09.2012 | College

Bagging man's best friend's smelly situation can be considered a contribution to science, according to the University of Calgary in Canada. Scienti...

Is Efficiency Fatal?

Martin Brasier | Posted 08.29.2012 | Science
Martin Brasier

My hunch is that fossils are now speaking out to us loud and clear. And that microscopic fossils have the very darkest stories to tell. The ways of the world can be read within a grain of sand.

When Scientists Speak, Who Listens?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

If scientists get any media attention it's only because the science-deniers are ridiculing them. We live in the Era of Willful Ignorance. It is not only acceptable; it is fashionable to throw scientific caution to the wind.

The 7 Cleverest Science Experiments In History

Michael Brooks | Posted 07.01.2012 | Books
Michael Brooks

Sometimes doing something stupid or undignified is the only way to make the discovery or breakthrough you have been reaching towards. Sure, you might break a taboo or two, and you'll almost certainly break the rules, but since when did playing safe win anyone a Nobel Prize?

Computers Powered By Crabs Fearing For Their Lives

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 04.15.2012 | Technology

Have you ever thought, "wow, crabs are really the laziest of crustaceans, someone should really find them something to do"? No? Well fear not, because...

I'm Biased and So Are You

Eric Korpela | Posted 06.06.2012 | Science
Eric Korpela

Biases are very important to the sciences. That's primarily that you have to understand them in order to avoid or correct for them. The most famous bias is probably the "selection bias."

Americans Deserve a Presidential Science Debate

Lawrence M. Krauss | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
Lawrence M. Krauss

Problems like climate change, biodiversity loss, and crashing fisheries populations are examples where human behavior enabled by the power of science and engineering has outstripped policymaking.

What Scientists Can Learn From Ballet

Sylvie Leotin | Posted 04.29.2012 | Science
Sylvie Leotin

Scientists attending a dance performance will undoubtedly relate to the physicality and geometry of dance. The movement through time, the geometry of interactions, the symmetry of the lines, the balance of the bodies. All these have parallels in the physical interactions that occur in every science, from astronomy and physics, to chemistry and biology.

This Is My Brain on Science

Eric Korpela | Posted 04.25.2012 | Science
Eric Korpela

You may ask, "What is it like in a scientist's brain?" Let's start with my thought processes for an everyday task like seeing an article on The Huffington Post -- for example, this one: "Venus May Be Slowing Down, New ESA Data Suggests."

Social Networks for Scientists Won't Work

Mark Drapeau | Posted 04.18.2012 | Science
Mark Drapeau

We're not really picking on any particular social network effort here. But why haven't any of these platforms truly caught on in the scientific community?

Scientist Confirms Little Girls Made of Sugar & Spice

Mark C. Miller | Posted 04.03.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

Sugar & spice, snakes & snails confirmed. Photo: Getty Images/Roger Wright NAALEHU, Hawaii -- Ellen Kameha always remembered the childhood nursery rh...

Climate Scientists, Educators, and Why We Avoid Consulting the Experts

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Certain well-heeled entities are very interested in the acquisition of valuable public per-pupil dollars. This might be why the real experts get shut out: they actually know what might be best for students and not someone's bottom line.

Have Financial Markets Slipped Beyond Our Control?

Robert Harris | Posted 02.02.2012 | Business

By Robert Harris, author of The Fear Index If you want to know why the world economy is in such a mess take a trip to Waxahachie, Texas, and look a...

Kids Too Lazy To Pursue Science Careers? What Poll Shows

Posted 01.30.2012 | Science

David Mielach, BusinessNewsDaily Staff Writer First Published 01/30/2012 01:26 PM EST While job opportunities in science, technolog...

The Short Life Expectancy of Iranian Nuclear Scientists: Assassinations with a Message

Haggai Carmon | Posted 03.16.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

Does the killing of nuclear scientists stop or delay the Iranian nuclear weapons plan? Hardly.

Negative Irreproducible Tweets... for Science

Michael Ham | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Michael Ham

Every scientist has at least one paper or graph tucked in a folder that lies in a dusty corner of the hard drive. The data is interesting, but doesn't lend itself to the creation of the grand narrative you must have for a traditional publication.