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Dr. Anna Sher Simon

Beetle vs. Bird: Expert Panel Weighs in on Biocontrol of Invasive Tamarisk Trees

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | January 27, 2015 | Science
Tamarisk was introduced to the Western U.S. from Eurasia in the late 1800s, and over the next 50 years it was widely planted as a fast-growing, drought-resistant ornamental and riverbank stabilizer.
Dr. Sten Odenwald

The Future of Physics

Dr. Sten Odenwald | January 26, 2015 | Science
In another few months the Large Hadron Collider will be powered up to explore its maximum energy range. Many physicists fervently hope we will see definite signs of "new physics," especially a phenomenon called "supersymmetry."
Carroll F. Gray

Editor/Aviation Historian Fails to Fly

Carroll F. Gray | January 26, 2015 | Science
Once again, the Whitehead Affair is heating to full boil. In 2013 Paul Jackson, the editor of the aerospace industry guidebook, proclaimed Gustave Whitehead as being the first human to fly some two years prior to the first flights of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Jeff Sullivan

Massive Asteroid Aproaches Near Earth

Jeff Sullivan | January 26, 2015 | Science
Asteroid (537439) 2004 BL86 was approaching earth on Sunday. At over a half-kilometer wide, we're fortunate that it will pass at a distance three times the distance to the moon. It's the largest known asteroid of this size, passing this close, until 2027!
Allen Frances

The Latest Hypocrisy in SVP Expert Testimony

Allen Frances | January 26, 2015 | Science
Railroading people inappropriately into psychiatric hospitals is a slippery slope that can lead to grave violation of human rights and a distortion of our most precious constitutional protections.
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

Deflated Footballs: Mother Nature Didn't Do It

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | January 25, 2015 | Science
Unless you are Rip van Winkle, you are well aware that the footballs in the game in New England were underinflated. There is talk that the weather is to blame. If you run the numbers, here's what the equation looks like.
Jon Jachimowicz

Randomized Controlled Trials: Powerful, But Only When Used Right

Jon Jachimowicz | January 23, 2015 | Business
RCTs are important. They are an outstanding tool that researchers have to obtain better insights. However, RCTs need to be designed better: we need more intervention arms, better control groups, better definition and measurement of other possibly affected behaviors, and longitudinal designs including follow-ups to evaluate long-term effectiveness.
Jon Entine

"Eco-Warrior" Vandana Shiva, at $40,000 a Speech, Rejoins Hawaii Anti-GMO Crusade, But Truth Is the Victim

Jon Entine | January 23, 2015 | Hawaii
She's baaack, and it's not good news for science literacy, farmers and food-minded Hawaiians. I'm referring to Vandana Shiva, the Indian anti-GMO crusader who kicked off a five-day blitz through Hawaii with a talk-and-music fest at the Capitol Building on Wednesday.
Wray Herbert

To Thine Own Self: The Psychology of Authenticity

Wray Herbert | January 23, 2015 | Science
Some philosophers have argued that the desire to act in a way that is consistent with one's values and sense of self is linked to well-being. But others have argued that learning to express thoughts and feelings that obscure one's true inner state is an important adaptation for successful living. A team of psychological scientists has been working to resolve this issue empirically.
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

These Kids Will Inherit the Earth

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | January 22, 2015 | Green
I know much of that impact isn't going to occur during my lifetime, but will be passed forward to future generations, including this generation in front of me today.
Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer

Science for Good: Governance is the Key

Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer | January 22, 2015 | Science
There was a time when science was carried out by inspired individuals, developing theories or designing experiments that could be done on a tabletop and carried out in a matter of days or weeks. Those days are long gone.
Anthony D. Barnosky

Did the Anthropocene Begin with a Bang or a Drumroll?

Anthony D. Barnosky | January 22, 2015 | Science
How do you mark the instant when human impacts so changed the planet that the signs will remain embedded in Earth's rock record for time immemorial? That is essentially the question that three important new scientific studies tackled this month.
Jeff Sullivan

Four Nights With Comet Lovejoy

Jeff Sullivan | January 21, 2015 | Science
The news media has been abuzz regarding the recently discovered Comet Lovejoy in January, as it passed earth and brightened as it made its closest approach to the sun. Although it is being referred to as a "binocular comet", best seen with binoculars,...
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

How Animal Experiments Paved the Way for the CIA's Torture Program

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | January 21, 2015 | Science
Many psychologists and psychiatrists are justifiably horrified at the central role members of their own profession have played in these torture experiments. Unfortunately, our biomedical profession has a long history of experimentation on humans.
Mario Livio

Andromeda: Our Sister Galaxy

Mario Livio | January 21, 2015 | Science
By measuring very precisely the motion of the Andromeda galaxy relative to the Milky Way, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope were able to determine in 2012 that the Milky Way and Andromeda are destined for a head-on collision in about 4 billion years.
Allen Frances

How About Informed Consent for All Medication

Allen Frances | January 21, 2015 | Science
The argument that drug sales people are educating physicians doesn't pass the laugh test. Their compensation is based on how much product they can move, not on appropriateness of prescription. And no study funded by a drug company can ever be trusted.
Wray Herbert

Hard Work, Hard Times: Self-control and Joblessness

Wray Herbert | January 21, 2015 | Science
Does self-discipline today really pay off later in life -- in jobs, paychecks, promotions and bonuses, professional prestige and wealth? Surprisingly, given the importance of employment to well-being and the global economy, the link between self-control and job success has not been thoroughly studied. Until now.
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Fixing 'Leaky' Blood Vessels to Combat Severe Respiratory Ailments and, Perhaps, Ebola

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | January 20, 2015 | Science
New therapies to fix the leakiness of blood vessels in patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and Ebola virus infections, have the potential to save many lives.
Ravishly

Neuroscience Proves What We've Known All Along: Gender Exists on a Spectrum

Ravishly | January 20, 2015 | Science
Ever wonder about the brain's white matter microstructure diffusivity? Don't know what the hell we're talking about? Well, start paying attention... because it may be important in determining our gender identity.
Lisa M.P. Munoz

How to Make Meaningful Choices You Won't Regret

Lisa M.P. Munoz | January 20, 2015 | Science
Even though all the research tells us that money in and of itself won't bring us meaning, we still are, understandably, lured to wealth. We need to inject more of our passions into everyday life -- to create the sparks that give us more meaning. Only then can we truly author our own lives.
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