Whether it's the passionate religious fervor stoked by the Shroud of Turin or racist, anti-Native American revisionist history, these "controversies" will continue to exist and be maintained because they are a good business proposition.
NASA has laid out some pretty sci-fi sounding plans for the next 20 years of space travel, but a more critical mission -- at least for the sustainability of human life here on earth -- may be the one it launched in Mountain View, California, just over two years ago.
Dogs show signs of jealousy when their owners ignore them and pay attention to stuffed animals instead.
Our main findings -- that women trainees were disproportionately targeted for abuse, and that targets generally felt they had few avenues to report or resolve these problems -- suggest that at least some science field sites are neither safe nor inclusive.
Working with UCLA's Martie Haselton, Chapman University psychological scientist Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook has been exploring the evidence from diverse sources to argue that postpartum depression is linked to early weaning, deficient diet, inactivity, not enough sunshine, and lack of family support.
The horizon for breakthroughs in understanding mental disorders keeps drifting decades further into the future. The more we know, the more we know how little we know. It seems unlikely there will be any grand slam home runs or walks -- just singles and lots of strikeouts.
So while we're reminiscing about the glory days of the U.S. space program, remember the women who were left behind -- that giant step should have been for womankind too.
Recently, the search for extraterrestrial life has started to gain significant momentum. Several factors have combined to advance the search for life to the level of a high-priority quest.
Nic Volker. Beatrice Rienhoff. Alexis and Noah Beery. If you happen to be a scientist or clinician in the genomics field, you already know the topic of this article just from those four names. Each is a child who suffered from a mysterious or even one-of-a-kind disease.
In 2006 the IAU "demoted" Pluto to dwarf-planet status, setting off an outcry of public disappointment, first among schoolchildren but later among all classes of astronomy enthusiasts, and even planetary scientists, who disagree with the IAU's logic.
Scientists use statistics because they know the human eye is blinkered by biases we so take for granted we can't possibly see past them. They are a tool in service of the earnest desire to depict a picture of nature that is more accurate than we are yet capable of otherwise defining.
Some argue that spending money on space is not a good investment, or that it is a luxury that we cannot afford. I believe that space exploration is a very sound investment.
Humans have been looking for the giant squid ever since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film -- until now.
Ah! The wonderful sound of clanging medals, young voices cheering, and the slapping of high fives -- it's the sound of students being rewarded for collaborating and utilizing their STEM skills. This sound does not come without a price -- it is the sound that can come after as many successes as failures.
Forty years after Fritjof Capra's The Tao of Physics, we can see unequivocally that the "New Age" revolution in human consciousness never happened. Nevertheless, its vibrations still find resonance with many of those who have rejected traditional religion and say they are "not religious but spiritual."
I have been on a quest to identify Latinas around the country who are innovating in technology and across STEM fields. I admit I stepped into this search with some trepidation.
Healthy oceans can help ease the increasing burden our population is placing on this planet, but we need to be able to explore, observe and learn about the oceans in their entirety in order to protect and conserve them effectively.
The man who personified the intellect and boldness to soar to the moon and back was as human as the rest of us. Despite the 600 million people that sat captivated in front of their television set and witnessed his accomplishment, he still struggled with a deep-seated yearning to be truly seen.
Want to work with fractions? Motivate Calculus? Or simply eat some chocolate? Buy some chocolate chips --- or raisins for a fruitier experience. And, take a math bite out of summer learning loss as a family.