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Corey S. Goodman

The Oyster War: Part 3 -- Scientific Misconduct

Corey S. Goodman | August 30, 2015 | Science
It is indeed a long and complicated story, but Brennan continues to get it wrong. Scientific misconduct is the intentional misrepresentation of facts. Did the Park Service intentionally misrepresent its own facts? Brennan says no. You be the judge.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Refugees and Market Woes Put World on Edge

Nathan Gardels | August 28, 2015 | World
The undertow of China's slackening economy and the mounting tide of refugees pushing through border after border in Europe put the world on edge this week. After spiraling down, volatile stock markets rallied back, for now. . . Writing from Beijing, Fred Hu argues that what we are witnessing is China's shift toward the "new normal" of a slower growth paradigm focused on domestic consumption instead of investment and export-led growth. He expresses confidence that his country will weather the storm, writing, "it is a loser's game to bet against China's leaders." Nobel laureate Michael Spence locates the culprit of market volatility in the flood of funds unleashed by low interest rates looking for higher returns, which has led to the gap between a financial bubble and the real economy now undergoing a correction. (continued)
Suzan Mazur

Neuroscientist David Edelman on Paradigm Shift (YES) and Origin of '3D Organismal Form'

Suzan Mazur | August 28, 2015 | Science
"The eye in the octopus is a perfect entrée to the notion of a sophisticated suite of neural function and behaviors that in many ways seem to converge in nature and complexity on those of vertebrates."
Justin Kitch

From Killer Fans to Jettisoning Jet Lag: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | August 28, 2015 | Science
Last week's Curios covered the new law making Times Square illegal, legendary killer fans in Korea, and an innovative cure for jet lag.
Jason Powers

Science Says Participation Trophies Are a Big Win for the Little Ones

Jason Powers | August 28, 2015 | Science
The pee-wee soccer season has come to an end and the Red Dragons squad of 5-year-olds has gathered with their parents for the team party.
Dan Rockmore

Working Out the Math

Dan Rockmore | August 28, 2015 | Science
Outside of a hospital, bank, or trading floor, there are few places that are more "en-numbered" than today's gym.
David H. Bailey

Cold Fusion Heats Up: Fusion Energy and LENR Update

David H. Bailey | August 28, 2015 | Science
The world faces a grim future if we do not immediately rein in consumption of fossil fuels. Risks include rising sea levels, more frequent extreme temperatures, flooding, drought and conflicts among human societies
David Ropeik

Humans or Non-Human Animals -- Who's More Rational?

David Ropeik | August 27, 2015 | Green
We are the only species known to deny overwhelming evidence -- about the dangers of smoking -- in ways that actually put us in greater danger. The emotional nature of human risk perception can sometimes produce a literally self-destructive irrationality. Non-human animals don't make such mistakes.
Paul Falkowski

Two Solutions That Cut Down on Fossil Fuels

Paul Falkowski | August 27, 2015 | Science
The first solution is to take the carbon dioxide out of the stack gases of (mostly) coal-fired power plants, or if not there, then directly from the air. Both solutions are expensive and would add a cost to the price of electricity -- but both are, from a technological perspective, doable.
Christoph Adami

Did Hawking Just Solve His Own Paradox - or Did Einstein?

Christoph Adami | August 28, 2015 | Science
This is not Hawking's first announcement that he solved his own paradox: he had several previous announcements that, in the end, did not convince.
Jeff Sullivan

Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

Jeff Sullivan | August 26, 2015 | Science
Comet Swift-Tuttle only passes the earth and circles the sun once every 133 years, but the earth passes through its trail of dust every year.  The debris field is large, so Perseid meteors may be seen on nights from July 17 through August...
Ben Hellwarth

Why Hoopla Is Unlikely for the 50th of SEALAB II

Ben Hellwarth | August 26, 2015 | Science
Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.
Charles Eisenstein

The Need for Venture Science

Charles Eisenstein | August 27, 2015 | Science
I just spent several hours down a rabbit hole. The topic was the "electric universe," an unconventional cosmological theory that emphasizes electromagnetism rather than gravity as the primary structuring force of the universe.
Michael Webster

Spratly Islands: Burying Coral Reefs Alive

Michael Webster | August 27, 2015 | Science
If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.
Don C. Reed

WONDER WOMEN AT WORK: the California Stem Cell Agency vs. Huntington's Disease

Don C. Reed | August 26, 2015 | Science
In the fields of medical research and patient advocacy, modern-day "wonder women" are not hard to find. But the evils they face are not comic at all.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Challenging the Ice Bucket "Breakthrough": A Toxic Blend of Science and Marketing

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | August 26, 2015 | Science
By saying it's not a breakthrough, I'm not saying it's not important and potentially useful. I'm only objecting to the word "breakthrough," which has specific implications to the general public.
Mario De Leo Winkler

New Clues on How Jupiter and Saturn Formed

Mario De Leo Winkler | August 26, 2015 | Science
The problem, as with most astronomical phenomena, is the huge timescales in which things happen. We therefore rely on supercomputers to feed them data and get simulations which show us what happens in thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years.
Olivier Dumon

Innovations in Science: The Cuban Research Connection

Olivier Dumon | August 26, 2015 | Science
Scientists the world over are typically quick to embrace relationships with like-minded colleagues in other countries regardless of international politics, so it's worth taking a look at what the collaborative opportunities might be for US/Cuban research.
Corey S. Goodman

The Oyster War: Part 2 -- Fiction As Fact

Corey S. Goodman | August 26, 2015 | Science
Several weeks ago, I posted a short review of the new book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan focusing on several important factual errors in her account. Since the book was published, book reviews and interviews with the author show the repetition of false narratives that are not driven by facts.
Vanessa Van Edwards

7 Ways Science Can Make You Happier, Smarter and More Successful

Vanessa Van Edwards | August 26, 2015 | Science
I decided to do a fun round-up of all the science experiments that have turned on some area of my life. I hope these studies and tips will help make you more awesome too!
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