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Kimberly K. Arcand

Happy Birthday, Hubble: Seeing the Universe in a New Light

Kimberly K. Arcand | April 25, 2015 | Science
If you are at all interested in astronomy, chances are you've already heard that the Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. What some people may not know is that Hubble is one of four siblings, so to speak.
Scott Atran

Here's What the Social Science Says About Countering Violent Extremism

Scott Atran | April 25, 2015 | Science
Unless we understand the powerful cultural forces behind the turn to violent extremism, we will fail to address the threat. When, as now, the focus is on military solutions and police interdiction, matters have already gone way too far. If that focus remains, we lose the coming generation.
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

Did Fire Spark Storytelling?

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | April 24, 2015 | Science
How many of us have wondered, to paraphrase Ursula Le Guin, why we huddle about the campfire? A recent study poses an answer to this question by looking at what hunter-gatherers talk about as they sit around the fire at night.
Claire Pomeroy

Congressional Myopia: Without Support for Research, There Will Be No Medical Breakthroughs

Claire Pomeroy | April 23, 2015 | Science
Despite the economic (not to mention lifesaving) benefits of medical research, our Congressional leadership has not stepped up to ensure the future: "We wish we could, but we simply cannot make this a priority."
Amy Nguyen

Why We Need Terrible Female Engineers

Amy Nguyen | April 23, 2015 | Technology
It needs to be okay for women to fail. We need flawed women whose mistakes represent just that -- their own mistakes. Not reflections upon our entire gender, not held up as reasons for why women aren't meant to be in tech. We need to accept women in this field who want to be here just because it's a great place to be.
Richard J. Davidson

Why Well-Being Is a Skill That Can Be Learned

Richard J. Davidson | April 23, 2015 | World
We need to shift our thinking about well-being from a static "thing" to a set of skills that can be learned and cultivated over time -- a notion supported by a growing body of scientific evidence I've outlined as an author of this year's World Happiness Report.
Sen. Ed Markey

Refueling America's Research

Sen. Ed Markey | April 23, 2015 | Politics
If we don't strengthen our support of scientific research, the engine of innovation that gave our nation a competitive edge in the last century may lose steam. A "refuel" is in order to keep our job-stimulating innovation engine on pace. America's economic competitors are moving to increase their own investments, and it would be incredibly short-sighted to fall behind.
Wray Herbert

Fair Is Fair, But Not Everywhere

Wray Herbert | April 23, 2015 | Science
Children as young as three believe that hard work merits more reward. By the time they enter school, children are like little adults in their commitment to distributive justice. But is this impulse universal?
Carroll F. Gray

Jane's Points Finger at Editor

Carroll F. Gray | April 23, 2015 | Science
Earlier this month, IHS/Jane's Information Group (owner and publisher of Jane's All The World's Aircraft) disowned the notorious editorial written in March 2013 by the Editor of Jane's, Paul Jackson, which proclaimed that Gustave Whitehead had made the "First Flight," some two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright's epic flights.
Peter Mellgard

Medical 3-D Printing Will 'Enable a New Kind of Future'

Peter Mellgard | April 22, 2015 | World
NEW YORK -- What is becoming possible in this field is remarkable: saving and improving lives for human beings using personalized medical devices printed by a machine. Soon we will even start seeing 3-D printed human tissue.
Hal Herzog

Congress Should Declare Mice Are Animals -- Now!

Hal Herzog | April 22, 2015 | Science
The rats/mice/birds exclusion intentionally obfuscates the true numbers of animal used in research. And, it lends credence to the claims of animal rights groups that research institutions have something to hide.
David Yarnold

Inspiring Action on Climate Change and Protecting America's Birds

David Yarnold | April 23, 2015 | Green
Our kids get it. Birds don't have a political party. This is not a Republican or a Democratic issue. It's a bird issue. And young people know it's their issue.
Allen Frances

Life Is Not a Premortality Condition, and Death Is Not Treatment Failure

Allen Frances | April 21, 2015 | Science
When you look hard and long enough for an abnormal lab test value, eventually you will find it -- too often a meaningless false-positive outlier that, left alone, would have no impact on your life. The unnecessary testing and treatments triggered by incidental findings carry substantial harms and risks. In your effort to achieve a perfectly healthy body, you wind up hurting your health.
Cristina Eisenberg

Celebrating Earth Day the Carnivore Way

Cristina Eisenberg | April 22, 2015 | Science
Keystone predators, such as wolves, control prey numbers and behavior. On the lookout for wolves, wary elk eat more sparingly. This releases shrubs and saplings from browsing pressure, improves habitat for other species, and increases biodiversity. These cascading effects are based on powerful evolutionary relationships.
Alice Bean

Commissioning at LHC and Conferences

Alice Bean | April 21, 2015 | Science
You might have heard that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online. In the past few weeks, it started circulating beams and then they were able to ramp up the energy per beam to 6.5 trillion electron volts which is a new record, up from the previous 4 trillion electron volts.
Alaska Dispatch News

New Evidence of Prehistoric Trade With Asia Found at Bering Land Bridge Site

Alaska Dispatch News | April 21, 2015 | Science
Now another newly analyzed object from the University of Colorado-led Cape Espenberg dig is providing more evidence of prehistoric trade or contacts between the residents of Northwest Alaska and their neighbors across the Bering Strait.
Christopher Reddy

The Significance of One Email: How Prepared Are We for the Next Major Oil Spill?

Christopher Reddy | April 21, 2015 | Science
With the fifth anniversary of the spill today, everyone is asking me: Are we more prepared for the next spill? Perhaps the best answer to that question arrived a few weeks ago in a single email.
Aaron Pomerantz

These Glow-In-The-Dark Critters Will Blow Your Mind

Aaron Pomerantz | April 20, 2015 | World
If you're familiar with the 2009 science fiction film, "Avatar," you may have enjoyed the beautifully lush extraterrestrial glowing rainforest. But the other worldly glowing rainforest that I experienced was far closer to home, in the Peruvian Amazon of Tambopata this past March.
Amy Morin

What Your Facebook Use Reveals About Your Personality

Amy Morin | April 20, 2015 | Technology
Although we may think we're masking our insecurities or portraying ourselves in the most favorable light, our behavior on social media reveals more than we might think.
Marianne Schnall

Interview With Futurist Jason Silva, Host of Brain Games

Marianne Schnall | April 21, 2015 | Entertainment
I discovered Jason Silva through my teenage daughters. They don't watch too much television, so when I would hear them getting excited each week to watch the new episode of a show called Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, I became intrigued.
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