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Dr. Sten Odenwald

Supermassive Black Holes at the Edge of Space and Time

Dr. Sten Odenwald | February 27, 2015 | Science
Astronomers have known about these objects for decades, but in the depths of cosmic time, it's hard to understand how they can grow so quickly -- or maybe not!
Anthony Biglan

Behavioral Science May Prove to Be Our Most Important Science

Anthony Biglan | February 27, 2015 | Science
We take for granted the impact of the physical and biological sciences on our world, forgetting that it once took months to get from the east coast to the west coast or to communicate with someone across the ocean.
World Science Festival

This Week in Science: Plague Gerbils, Spilling Coffee, and the Downside of Dishwashers

World Science Festival | February 27, 2015 | Science
The waves of bubonic plague that washed through medieval Europe might have been driven by gerbils, not rats.
Matthew Hollander

How to Be a Hero: Insight From the Milgram Experiment

Matthew Hollander | February 27, 2015 | Science
This unilateral focus on the dark side has had the unintended effect of blinding us to one of the most obvious and inspiring features of the experiment: it also showed that hundreds of ordinary people -- though the minority of Milgram's participants -- did in fact have what it takes to stand up for what is right.
Wray Herbert

The Perils of Adolescence

Wray Herbert | February 27, 2015 | Science
For decades the common wisdom of parenting manuals was that teenagers feel invulnerable, immortal, and simply perceive less peril in dicey situations and believe they have much more control than they actually do. In short, they underestimate life's very real risks and dangers. But scientists who study adolescent decision making now dispute this common parenting wisdom.
Michael E. Mann

Climate Oscillations and the Global Warming Faux Pause

Michael E. Mann | February 27, 2015 | Green
No, climate change is not experiencing a hiatus. No, there is not currently a "pause" in global warming. Despite widespread such claims in contrarian circles, human-caused warming of the globe proceeds unabated.
Arianna Huffington

My Q and A With W. Chris Winter, Sleep Whisperer to Some of the World's Top Athletes

Arianna Huffington | February 27, 2015 | Healthy Living
Perhaps more than any other group, athletes have fully embraced sleep as a performance enhancement tool. Top athletes are, of course, all about results. So there's no better place than the world of sports to see the tangible effects of sleep (including pre-game naps) on performance.
Kathleen Weldon

Fly Me to the Moon: The Public and NASA

Kathleen Weldon | February 25, 2015 | Science
In polls the American public has shown pride in the country's accomplishments in space exploration, along with concern about the costs involved. A review of public attitudes about the space program, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives.
Bobby Azarian

Spreading Pseudoscience: 5 Reasons Why Some Liberals Are as Bad as Conservatives

Bobby Azarian | February 25, 2015 | Science
The first step to solving problems is to identify and understand them. With that in mind, here is a list of five reasons why some liberals are just as bad, or at least almost, as creationism-believing conservatives when it comes to spreading pseudoscience.
Sophie Sanchez

How Young Women Are Driving the Future of Space Entrepreneurship

Sophie Sanchez | February 25, 2015 | Technology
Their research, a hydroponic plant growth system that relies on centripetal force to work in microgravity, almost ended there, until they met someone with industry experience and an alternative way to raise capital.
Dr. Gail Gross

Why you Get so Pumped up Watching Sports

Dr. Gail Gross | February 25, 2015 | Science
Sports create a relationship between the fan and the players. This relationship resembles that of a family. Sports fans, like other people, separate themselves out into similar groups with common values, religions, aesthetics, ethnicities and so forth.
Summer Rayne Oakes

This Astronaut Wants to Fly You to Space

Summer Rayne Oakes | February 24, 2015 | Good News
Becoming an astronaut is easily the dream of many but sometimes that's all it ever is -- a dream. For Leland, who happens to be the 13th African American astronaut, that all became a reality through patience, hard work, and a knack for problem solving.
Wray Herbert

The Psychology of the Firefighter

Wray Herbert | February 24, 2015 | Science
Contrary to our intuitions, studies find no consistent link between the extent of on-duty trauma experience and the eventual development of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Some firefighters cope poorly, while others with far more horrific experiences remain symptom-free. Why would that be?
Nick Seneca Jankel

AI vs. Human Intelligence: Why Computers Will Never Create Disruptive Innovations

Nick Seneca Jankel | February 25, 2015 | Science
I am convinced that no computer, no matter how powerful, will ever be able to purposefully innovate an artistic breakthrough like Hip Hop; or a commercial one like Instagram. Breakthrough creativity is fundamentally organic, not algorithmic.
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

What's Up With 'Chicks and Science?'

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | February 23, 2015 | College
Gender bias is real and it is worse in engineering. Even engineering students rate average female professors more harshly than an average male professor.
Troy Campbell

The Oscar's 'Meta-Film' Bias and What This Says About Human Nature

Troy Campbell | February 23, 2015 | Entertainment
For the third time in four years, the Oscar for Best Picture has gone to a film about film -- a "meta-film" if you will. If we wanted to, we could take this observation and ask the question: What does this say about the Academy? But instead, why don't we take this Academy bias and ask a harder question.
Justin Beach

Today's Scientists Need an Awards Show as Big as the Oscars

Justin Beach | February 23, 2015 | Canada
Right now, public interest in STEM and scientists is on an upswing. So, it seems to me, that now is the perfect time to continue that upswing by putting some of science's latest and greatest achievements on a big stage once a year. I'm not suggesting that the Nobel prize should be more commercial or should be dumbed down. I'm not even suggesting that the Nobel prize change in any way but there should be another set of awards that is meant for the general public, that is meant to be understood and that helps the people to understand.
Simon Barnes

The Animal Kingdom: A Visitor's Notes

Simon Barnes | February 23, 2015 | Books
What a long, strange trip it's been. Every step confirmed the truth: that life on earth is not weirder than we imagine: it's weirder than we are capable of imagining. In the course of my journey through the entire animal kingdom I realized that human society would be better if...
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Unpacking Mars

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | February 23, 2015 | Science
Now that a week has passed since the "we regret to inform you" email from Mars One signaled my elimination from the planned mission to send the first humans to the red planet, it's time to unpack.
Oscar Fernandez

How Much Gold Is In An Oscar Statuette?

Oscar Fernandez | February 23, 2015 | Science
At tonight's Oscars we'll no doubt see some familiar faces winning that coveted gold statuette. It's no secret that these sparkling little men aren't 100% gold--they're only coated in 24-carat gold--so that makes it harder to figure out how much gold they actually contain. Luckily math comes to the rescue.
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