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Laura Faye Tenenbaum


The Struggle to Reach Out and Tell the Climate Story

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | September 20, 2014 | Green
As a climate and Earth science communicator, I find this is the biggest challenge. We're in a constant fight to capture attention, to move people, to make them care about how their behavior is affecting Earth. To feel something.
Nigel Barber


Four Key Ingredients in the Recipe for Creativity

Nigel Barber | September 20, 2014 | Science
Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.
Gary H. Cohen


A Ticking Time Bomb: Eliminating Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture

Gary H. Cohen | September 19, 2014 | Green
While antibiotics are an essential part of the health care we receive, the vast majority of antimicrobials are used for industrial animal agriculture -- around four times the amount used in human medicine.
World Science Festival


This Week in Science: Bloodthirsty Chimps, Sinister Sweeteners, and Moon Marathon Training

World Science Festival | September 19, 2014 | Science
Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items: Chimpanzees seem to have a natural inclination for murder. The tiny, dense galaxy M60-UCD1 was found to have a humongous black hole that accounts for...
Jeff Schweitzer


Ignorance Kills

Jeff Schweitzer | September 20, 2014 | Science
When fiction becomes confused with fact, we sever our critical tether to reality. The conclusions from years of careful research, scrutinized by competing scientists and published in peer-reviewed journals carry no more weight with the public than the random thoughts of a bloated pundit.


WATCH: Calling All Introverts! It's Okay If You're Not A Social Butterfly. In Fact It Could Be A Good Thing

TEDTalks | September 19, 2014 | TED Weekends
Why does the world seem to celebrate schmoozers, and what might we be missing when we assume quieter people have nothing worth saying? This persuasive talk from author (and self-proclaimed introvert) Susan Cain will leave you questioning your assumptions about what makes a good leader, and you may see the people in your life a bit differently - yourself included.
Michael E. Mann


The Gathering Storm

Michael E. Mann | September 19, 2014 | Green
The scientific debate about whether human-caused global warming exists is long over. The remaining window of time for the needed transformation is short, and the only real issue is how we respond. This is where U. S. leadership is most critical.
Wray Herbert


The Graying of Trauma: Revisiting Vietnam's POWs

Wray Herbert | September 19, 2014 | Science
An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.


Why Don't We Remember Our Infant and Toddler Days?

Quora | September 19, 2014 | Science
One view on early memory is that in order to record an autobiographical narrative of one's life -- "episodic memory" -- one first needs a stable conceptual structure with which to represent the narrative.
Christopher King

Despite Headlines, Ebola Doesn't Yet Register Strongly in the Scientific Literature

Christopher King | September 18, 2014 | Science
The crisis of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, at this writing, continues to deepen, with the World Health Organization now reporting more than 3,600 cases, and deaths exceeding 1,800. And yet, despite the headlines and the notes of alarm, Ebola as a research topic remains a comparatively limited presence in the scientific literature.
Colm Mulcahy


You Don't Have to Be a Genius to Work at Subway...

Colm Mulcahy | September 18, 2014 | Science
...but 59-year-old mathematician Yitang "Tom" Zhang is now living proof that a former Subway worker can be an official genius: He's one of the winners of the 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant. Curiously, five of this year's 21 awardees used mathematics or statistics in their work.
Nathan Currier


Evolution Helps Those Who Help Their Selves

Nathan Currier | September 18, 2014 | Science
Lynn Margulis' view of evolution focused more on what might be called the "environmental agency" of organisms -- their capacity to adapt their environment, not just adapt to it. Only when and if such a view of evolution becomes more widely accepted does society seem likely to fight warming successfully.
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.


Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | September 18, 2014 | Science
I'm not sure even Mother Teresa or Gandhi could crack the top-tier of this list. I'm thinking Mars One is looking for far more than qualified and intrepid space explorers; they're looking for super heroes -- or at least the super heroic.
Arthur I. Miller


These Trippy Photos Show Art Colliding With Science

Arthur I. Miller | September 18, 2014 | World
Today's cutting-edge art doesn't just use science and technology. It is actually driven by it.
Jennifer Selvidge

Pushing Women and People of Color Out of Science Before We Go In

Jennifer Selvidge | September 18, 2014 | College
I am a senior MIT, a materials engineer, an honors student, and a woman. I also have been told hundreds of times that I don't deserve to be where I am. The idea that there was some sort of quota for women would be repeated to me over and over in the coming months, and it only got worse when I went to MIT.
Maureen Seaberg


How a Rare Vision Condition Helps One Artist See Colors Like Few Can

Maureen Seaberg | September 17, 2014 | Arts
Ms. Antico and a small handful of other women like her identified through DNA testing so far can potentially see orders of magnitude more.
Dr. Andrew Dessler

Taking Science Education Seriously

Dr. Andrew Dessler | September 17, 2014 | Science
Learning about the science of climate change may be uncomfortable for some visitors to the Perot Museum. But sometimes reality is uncomfortable -- and visitors to the museum need to see that.


Do We All See the Same Colors?

Quora | September 17, 2014 | Science
Color perception is a favorite topic of philosophers who like to ask: What if your color spectrum was completely inverted from someone else's? Would you be able to tell?
Jack Drescher


Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

Jack Drescher | September 16, 2014 | Science
Puberty suppression for gender-dysphoric adolescents has only been around since the late 1990s. The Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at Amsterdam's VU University pioneered this approach, and their recent online publication of a longitudinal study in the journal Pediatrics offers insights into how some of these kids fare.
Teagan Wall

Weighing Honesty Against Self-Interest

Teagan Wall | September 16, 2014 | Science
Studies have shown that, in general, individuals are willing to give up some economic benefits and personal gain in favor of honesty, even when there's no risk of punishment or repercussions for dishonesty. What's keeping us honest? How do our brains actually make that decision?
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