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Wray Herbert

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Holy Safety Net! Religion and Recklessness

Wray Herbert | October 30, 2014 | Science
Psychological scientists suggest that belief in God could actually increase the tendency to take certain risks -- specifically, risks with no moral overlay. Their reasoning is that God is for most believers a source of security and protection, and feeling safe in God's care could diminish fear and boost bravery and daring.
Jon Entine

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Let's (Cautiously) Celebrate the "New Eugenics"

Jon Entine | October 30, 2014 | Science
Modern eugenic aspirations are not about the draconian top-down measures promoted by the Nazis and their ilk. Instead of being driven by a desire to "improve" the species, new eugenics is driven by our personal desire to be as healthy, intelligent and fit as possible.
Christopher King

Increased Public Awareness Sparks Surge in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Christopher King | October 30, 2014 | Science
Between the battlefield and the athletic field, the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been much in the news in recent years.
Quora

BIO

Why Does a Mirror Reverse Things Horizontally but Not Vertically?

Quora | October 30, 2014 | Science
The left-right reversal in this sense always happens in mirroring the object for which left and right can be defined, irrespective of the relative configuration of the object to the mirror. The reason can be explained as follows.
Scott Barry Kaufman

BIO

The Creative Gifts of ADHD

Scott Barry Kaufman | October 30, 2014 | Healthy Living
To be sure, ADHD can make it difficult for students to pay attention in class and organize their lives. The importance of learning key attentional control skills should not be undervalued. But let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Margaret Anderson

BIO

Change Happens

Margaret Anderson | October 29, 2014 | Science
You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.
Katherine McAuliffe

Let's Forget 'Pregnancy Brain'

Katherine McAuliffe | October 29, 2014 | Science
Let pregnant women get on with their normal lives, which, like all other lives, consist of moments of mental acuity and moments of mental ineptness. In doing so we can start to chip away at the notion that women are suddenly rendered slightly less competent by virtue of the fact that their reproductive status has changed.
Marco Cáceres

BIO

The Antares Rocket Failure: So What's Wrong With 40-Year Old Russian Engines?

Marco Cáceres | October 30, 2014 | Science
Usually, when a launch goes wrong just a few seconds after liftoff, the problem has something to do with an engine. Perhaps a fuel leak or a clogged fuel line.
Richard Garriott

BIO

In Light of the Loss of Orbital Sciences' Antares

Richard Garriott | October 29, 2014 | Science
Until we reach a large number of flights on a given system, we should be prepared for periodic failures -- far more than we would expect or tolerate with our cars and planes. And since we hope to put people atop many of these systems, we need to reach high flight count goals.
Quora

BIO

What Is it Like for a Medical Student to Cut Open a Body for the First Time?

Quora | October 30, 2014 | Science
I simultaneously felt awe, fear, excitement, humility, cowardice, courage, frailty, strength, embarrassment, curiosity, sorrow, and joy.
Sriram Shamasunder, MD

University Doctors: We Need More Support Fighting Ebola in Africa

Sriram Shamasunder, MD | October 29, 2014 | World
Many of us from academic institutions have lacked the support to facilitate our commitment to addressing an injustice in healthcare that is ongoing in West Africa. This is deeply disappointing but we believe it is correctable.
Robert C. Gallo, MD

HIV/AIDS Presents an Unprecedented Challenge to Developing a Vaccine

Robert C. Gallo, MD | October 29, 2014 | Healthy Living
As the world focuses on Ebola, we must not forget that HIV/AIDS presents a far greater challenge in the world of vaccines.
Allen Frances

BIO

Recovery From 'Schizophrenia': One Man's Journey From Patient to Therapist

Allen Frances | October 29, 2014 | Science
"Schizophrenia" is a name, not a disease. It presents in many different ways and has many different outcomes. There is certainly not one cause of "schizophrenia"; there may be hundreds of contributing factors working through bewilderingly complex interactions. Figuring all this out will likely be the painstaking work of many...
James Essinger

Ada Lovelace: A Science Legend

James Essinger | October 29, 2014 | Books
What I found most interesting of all in my research on Ada is that it is beyond dispute nowadays (although for about twenty years male computer scientists avoided accepting this) that Ada had insights into the Analytical Engine that not even Babbage had.
Olympia LePoint

BIO

Memories of Challenger Ignited by Antares Explosion

Olympia LePoint | October 29, 2014 | Science
As I watched yesterday's Orbital Sciences rocket explosion, unpleasant memories entered my mind.
Lior Shamir

How Can We Make Computer Science a More Women-Friendly Discipline?

Lior Shamir | October 29, 2014 | Science
A lot of attention has been given to increasing the number of women in computer science, but despite numerous efforts the presence of female students in computer science programs is still far below the 50 percent equilibrium.
Quora

BIO

What Human Made Object Has Traveled Furthest From Earth?

Quora | October 28, 2014 | Science
Cast into space on September 5, 1977, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. And mounted on a Titan IIIE/Centaur launch vehicle, Voyager-1 is now the farthest human-made object from Earth at 17,922,521,702 km (119.80465777 au).
Alexandria McCuien

Encourage -- Don't Discourage -- STEM Dreams

Alexandria McCuien | October 27, 2014 | Technology
I'm where I am today because my family, friends and teachers nurtured my interests. I was never discouraged. I was encouraged every step of the way.
Leslie Michelson

BIO

7 Steps To Ensure Ebola Doesn't Disrupt Your International Travel

Leslie Michelson | October 27, 2014 | World
Getting your shots, avoiding risky behaviors and being vigilant about hand hygiene will help keep you safe and prevent unnecessary delays and fears for everyone.
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

BIO

New Studies, Reports Heighten Need for Action on Climate Change

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | October 26, 2014 | Green
It is about time for Congress to address the issue and pass legislation that provides an innovative approach to both mitigating and adapting to climate change. Ignorance, benign neglect and self-interest need to be overcome. That is what leadership is all about.
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