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Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Syrian Refugee Crisis Triggers Bombs and Backlash

Nathan Gardels | October 2, 2015 | World
This week the refugee crisis caused by Syria's horrific civil war moved to the next stage. Though prompted into action to curb the carnage, the U.S. and Russia are at odds over whom to bolster and whom to bomb. With no end to the conflict in sight, the influx of asylum seekers in Europe continues to swell and the prospect of permanent settlement there for the displaced grows. In even the most welcoming countries a political backlash is in the making. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at home is falling for the first time as compassion reaches its limits. In Sweden, the anti-immigrant right-wing party now tops the polls. (continued)

Making Adult Friends Is Easier Than We Think, Harder Than It Should Be

Inverse | October 2, 2015 | Science
The internet isn't turning us into lonely hermits, but unlike say in elementary school, you're not necessarily going to be friends with people just because you may see them everyday.

How Big Could a World Record Pumpkin Get?

Inverse | October 2, 2015 | Science
Thanks to the efforts of Illinois farmer Gene McMullen, the North American record for the heaviest pumpkin now sits at 2,145 pounds. McMullen's Cucurbita Maxima Brobdingnag is the second greatest pumpkin the world has ever known.
Hippo Reads

On Killer Apes, Naked Apes, and Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse

Hippo Reads | October 2, 2015 | Science
Is biology destiny? Do our genes determine who we are and what we're capable of? What does the mere idea that they might mean for politics and policy? A lot, it turns out.

The Truth About How Marijuana Affects Male Sexual Performance | October 2, 2015 | Science
If you're anything like me, you've heard different things from different guys about how marijuana affects sexual performance. Some say it helps; others say it hurts. So what does the research say? What effect, if any, does weed have on your, uh, joint?
Bruce Bugbee

The Martian: Farming on Mars Is Not Science Fiction

Bruce Bugbee | October 2, 2015 | Science
There are many challenges and many benefits of growing food on Mars. For a long-term mission, it isn't cost effective to haul food to Mars if we can grow it there. And with the reports of Martian salt water this week, we can start a biological life support system by filtering the salt out of the water that is already there.
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Genomic Testing Makes Consumers Less Confident in Understanding Genetics (And That's Probably Okay)

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | October 2, 2015 | Science
After reading a comprehensive report on their own personal genome, consumers reported knowing less about genetics than they did before. Wait, what? How could that be?
Katlin Bowman

GEOTRACES Cross-over Station Abandoned Due to Rough Weather

Katlin Bowman | October 2, 2015 | Science
This morning the decision was made to abandon the U.S.-Canadian GEOTRACES cross-over station due to rough weather.
Kristine Stump

Nassau Grouper: A Beautiful Fish at Risk

Kristine Stump | October 1, 2015 | Science
The Nassau Grouper, a strikingly colored, large iconic Caribbean reef fish, was once one of the mostly heavily fished species in the region. Due to unsustainable exploitation practices, however, it is now scarce in many coral reef ecosystems throughout its native range.
Benjamin T. Solomon

A Theory for Momentum Exchange

Benjamin T. Solomon | October 1, 2015 | Science
One of the few unexplored frontiers of legacy physics is momentum exchange. Conservation of momentum unlike conservation of energy, does not take many forms. At least not that we know of.
Catherine Franssen

The Joy of Pumpkin Spice: The Science Behind Loving Fall

Catherine Franssen | October 1, 2015 | Science
Not only do you like change, but you like the changes associated with fall. You see orange leaves and think about pumpkins, which gets you thinking about Halloween, which gets you thinking about how much fun you had at last year's Halloween party, and now you feel really good.

8 Great Science Tourism Destinations to Visit While You Still Can

Inverse | October 1, 2015 | Science
It's a question that plagues amateur science geeks everywhere: where to go on vacation? The water park is too crowded, and furthermore, teeming with the kind of aggressive microbial subcultures that make relaxation difficult.
Kent Rominger

Lead the World to Mars

Kent Rominger | October 1, 2015 | Science
Read More: Mars, Science News
Within a very few years, we expect that the challenges to human travel to Mars will be understood and the technologies will be ready. A new adventure will begin, one that will take its place among the great human explorations of all time.
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

Virtual Reality: How Patients, Doctors and Athletes Will Be Educated

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | October 1, 2015 | Science
Soon, nearly everyone will have a VR device, or use one regularly. The well of content is rising, and the cost is dropping; only the execution of the various applications is limiting exponential growth.
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

Surgical Infections: Evolving Solutions

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | October 1, 2015 | Science
This is a question your surgeon never wants to hear, much less have to answer. Why? Because no one knows the answer for sure. Here's why, and what to do if infection happens.
Hamid Naderi Yeganeh

These Beautiful Images Are Created By Drawing Line Segments

Hamid Naderi Yeganeh | September 30, 2015 | Science
The goal is to create many beautiful symmetrical images by drawing line segments. It is amazing for me to see very beautiful geometric shapes that are defined by some simple mathematical formulas.
Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS

This Alien Shore: 1 Month on sMars

Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS | September 30, 2015 | Science
There are a number of oddities inherent to space missions. Some are obvious and predictable: communication delays and dependence upon spacesuits, for example. Others are a little more... unexpected.
Bobby Azarian

'Internet Justice' Actually Does Good, Potentially Saves Lives

Bobby Azarian | October 1, 2015 | Science
The term 'Internet justice' refers to when an angry mob of Internet users seek retribution for egregious acts through any form of punishment they can conjure up with the tapping of keys.
Katlin Bowman

Life at Sea on a Coast Guard Icebreaker

Katlin Bowman | September 30, 2015 | Science
Life at sea is a lot like middle school summer camp and it's not just the bunk beds and cafeteria style dining -- it's living with a collection of characters, working together, and learning to rely on each other.
Toria Sheffield

Why 'We're All Just Animals' Is a Terrible Justification for Casual Sex

Toria Sheffield | September 30, 2015 | Science
Anyone who knows anything about animals will tell you that they are diverse. All species on earth have evolved differently to maximize their chances for survival, and so all species -- humans included -- have unique and species-specific qualities.
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