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Allen Frances

Privatization Has Been a Colossal Flop

Allen Frances | May 23, 2015 | Science
We have to face the fact that our massive privatization of what once were government functions has been a failure. There are some public services that get really loused up when done privately and for profit.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

How Brain Science Can Help Explain Discrepancies in a Sexual Assault Survivor's Story

Cognitive Neuroscience Society | May 22, 2015 | Science
Why are victims so often not believed? A large amount of this disbelief may be linked to the behavioral patterns of victims themselves. To understand these patterns, it is helpful to look at how the brain and body respond to stress and trauma, such as that experienced during sexual violence.
Wray Herbert

Impossible Knowledge: Are You an Expert?

Wray Herbert | May 22, 2015 | Science
I grew up with a habitual overclaimer. He wildly exaggerated his expertise, at times claiming knowledge of things he couldn't possibly know -- people, events, ideas that simply do not exist. We're all familiar with these people who feel the need to overestimate what they know about the world. What underlies such assertions of impossible knowledge?
Nigel Barber

Premarital Sex Rises With Economies

Nigel Barber | May 22, 2015 | Science
I have been analyzing Pew data on acceptance of premarital sex around the globe to see whether it fits in with the ecology of modern life. Is acceptance of premarital sex higher in developed countries? What about the risks of pregnancy, and disease? What about female participation in the workforce?
Suzan Mazur

Life's Elusive X-Factor? Cocktails at The Carlye With NASA's Senior-most Scientist on Origins of Life, Andrew Pohorille

Suzan Mazur | May 22, 2015 | Science
Andrew Pohorille did not disappoint with revelations that there is a certain factor to life that so far cannot be captured in the lab, i.e., life is not purely a technical matter, and that he does not expect that "we" will find life anywhere else in the solar system, including Mars.
Edith Ismene Nicolaou-Griffin

"Sit Up Straight!" The Mental Health Benefits of Good Posture

Edith Ismene Nicolaou-Griffin | May 21, 2015 | Science
Remember when your mother told you to "sit up straight?" Apart from what your mother may have considered proper decorum, good posture appears to have many surprising mental health benefits.
Tom Edathikunnel

Bill Nye's Solar Sail Shines on With Public Funding

Tom Edathikunnel | May 21, 2015 | Science
Set for the first test launch on May 20, the LightSail, a citizen-funded project developed by Bill Nye and his team at The Planetary Society, aims to introduce a new, cost-effective and sustainable method of space travel.
UK Space Agency

It's Rocket Science, Kids, But Not as We Know It!

UK Space Agency | May 20, 2015 | UK Tech
To get the project off the ground (pardon the pun) we will be sending 2kg of rocket seeds to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's six-month mission. After several months on board, orbiting the planet at 17,000mph, the seeds will be returned to Earth and sent to thousands of UK schools...
Tara Chklovski

Does Your Child Care Provider Have at Least a High School Diploma?

Tara Chklovski | May 20, 2015 | Education
The science is clear; Children begin learning from birth, developing their vision, hearing, language, and cognitive functions very fast in the early years of life and especially in the first year (as seen below).
Kimberly K. Arcand

Applauding #girlswithtoys

Kimberly K. Arcand | May 20, 2015 | Science
Over the weekend, an online firestorm erupted when an astronomer referred to "boys with toys" when talking about telescopes during an interview with NPR.
Pavan Kadandale

What Can Vampires Teach Us About the Parasites All Around Us?

Pavan Kadandale | May 19, 2015 | Science
While these kinds of biological and behavioral modifications are extreme and have an element of science fiction to them, they are rooted in real science and offer tremendous value in making the academics of parasite biology come alive in an educational setting.
Marc Dantonio

The Case for Standing Water On Mars

Marc Dantonio | May 19, 2015 | Science
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The NASA rover photos are often shown in false color which can make some areas look like they are wet or contain standing water. But what is REALLY going on with Mars?
Hanoch Gutfreund

Relatively Speaking

Hanoch Gutfreund | May 20, 2015 | Science
Almost 100 years ago, on November 25, 1915, Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences the final version of his general theory of relativity, which also became the standard theory of gravity.
Evaggelos Vallianatos

How the Greeks Explained the World

Evaggelos Vallianatos | May 20, 2015 | Science
We selectively abandoned the Greek model of natural philosophy, living in harmony with the natural world, for the illusion of becoming the masters of the natural world and the cosmos.
Map Happy

Is There Really a 'Wanderlust Gene'?

Map Happy | May 19, 2015 | Travel
A recent Elite Daily article claimed some people are just born to be travelers -- literally -- because they possess one very particular gene. But it's a serious oversimplification to chalk up wanderlust tendencies to one piece of genetic hardwiring.
Daniel Yudkin

Face-Aging Software Presents a Terrible (and Fascinating) Social Dilemma

Daniel Yudkin | May 19, 2015 | Science, a website that purports to estimate users' age based on a picture of their face, went viral last week, garnering tens of thousands of hits within the first few hours of its release.
Wendy M. Williams

Women Scientists' Academic-Hiring Advantage Is Unwelcome News for Some: Part 3

Wendy M. Williams | May 18, 2015 | Science
The bane of every researcher is the critic who says a study is actually about some question it was never designed to answer -- then proceeds to demean the study for failing to answer the question it never asked.
Charlotte Fitzek

Bad DNA? Not a Problem For Much Longer

Charlotte Fitzek | May 18, 2015 | Science
before Gattaca becomes more than just science fiction, lawmakers, physicians, geneticists, and ethicists -- the global community -- must engage in some honest discussions about when we put the brakes on gene experimentation and alteration.
Peter Diamandis

Why I Don't Fear Artificial Intelligence

Peter Diamandis | May 18, 2015 | World
When we talk about all of the problems we have on Earth and the need to solve them, it is only through such AI-human collaboration that we will gain the ability to solve our grandest challenges and truly create a world of abundance.
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

Stopping Cancer Before It Starts

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | May 18, 2015 | Healthy Living
At the Cancer Prevention Summit on May 20th, 2015, experts in public health will challenge us all to consider what we could be doing better to prevent cancer. Most importantly, we need to commit to a collaborative effort, involving every segment of our society.
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