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Who Is the Next Great Science Communicator?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

What the world needs is a great communicator of science who can connect with large audiences, liberal, moderate and conservative, to help explain what science is, and the wonders it reveals about nature and the nature of the universe. So do we have one?

Hello, Old Friends!

Posted 07.26.2013 | TV

Pivot, the new network from Participant Media targeting Millennials, presented their launching slate of original programming at the Television Critics...

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WATCH: Beloved Dino's Mistaken Identity

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.22.2013 | Science

What happened to the Brontosaurus? The beloved dinosaur has been a part of numerous museum exhibits and a big part of pop culture. But did you know th...

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COUNTDOWN: This Week's Top Science Stories

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.13.2013 | Science

Human evolution, solar flares, and the Big Bang all made headlines this week. But did you miss the news? Don't worry -- I was able to count down th...

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WATCH: Your DNA Contributes To Humanity's Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

Our human lineage is not actually linear. In fact, it's more of a branching tree, telling the story of our origins in Africa and our migrations throug...

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COUNTDOWN: Top Stories In Science This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.06.2013 | Science

From the lightest material on Earth to elusive dark matter, many fascinating science stories made headlines this week. I was able to count down th...

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WATCH: Snake Venom: Curse & Cure?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.01.2013 | Science

Venom in the animal kingdom often is used for hunting -- it slows down prey, changes its scent for easier tracking, and essentially digests it alive. ...

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COUNTDOWN: Hottest Science Stories This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science

From body hacking to a two-headed bull shark, I recently had the chance to reveal some of the hottest science news that made headlines this week. I...

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WATCH: Deep-Freezing For Life After Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.18.2013 | Science

It's been said that nothing in this world is certain, except death and taxes. But what if you could freeze your body immediately after death and be re...

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WATCH: Threats From The Skies

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.11.2013 | Science

The recent meteor strike over Chelyabinsk, Russia is reminding all of us just how vulnerable we are to attacks from above. So I reached out to Phil Pl...

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COUNTDOWN: Top Science Stories This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.09.2013 | Science

From one of the oldest-known preserved human dissections, to a "knot" tied with water, the week was filled with interesting science stories. I had ...

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WATCH: Fact Or Fiction?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.04.2013 | Science

There are many misleading animal myths out there (case in point: "blind as a bat") -- but did you know that some are actually based in truth? For inst...

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COUNTDOWN: Top Science Stories Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.02.2013 | Science

A supermassive black hole's speed of rotation, the jaw of a prehistoric predator, and brain-to-brain communication are just a few of the top science s...

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WATCH: Tiny Solution For Big Oil Problem?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.25.2013 | Science

"Directed evolution" may save our polluted planet. At least, chemical engineer Dr. Frances Arnold sees it that way. The recent National Medal of T...

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WATCH: Obama's Brain Activity Map

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.23.2013 | Science

In his state of the union address on February 12, 2013, President Obama said: "Now, if we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in th...

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COUNTDOWN: Top Five Science Stories This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.23.2013 | Science

From monsters living in our bodies to real-life "zombie" cells, this week's science news has a peculiar sci-fi/horror twist to it. Monsters? Zombies? ...

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WATCH: Five Monsters Inside Your Body

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.18.2013 | Science

Did you know that only one in ten of the cells in your body is actually human? That's right. A whopping 90 percent of your cells are bacterial, viral,...

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WATCH: Happy Darwin Day!

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.12.2013 | Science

Happy Darwin Day! February 12th marks the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. In celebration, I managed to dig up some little known details about h...

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WATCH: Why Does Sadness Make Us Cry?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.04.2013 | Science

We're all too familiar with tears welling up in our eyes--brought on by stress, sadness, or even laughter. But why exactly does feeling things make li...

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WATCH: Is There A Gene For Murder?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.28.2013 | Science

As America mourned the loss of 20 innocent school children and six staff members in the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, we all had one q...

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COUNTDOWN: Top Five Science Stories Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.26.2013 | Science

From four-stranded DNA to radioactive fish to a disco clam, I had a chance to count down the top five science stories of the week with HuffPost Live p...

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JET LAGGED?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science

Jet lag: after days of travel, it's there when you're sleeping and when you're awake. Most of us know what jet lag feels like. According to the Ame...

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COUNTDOWN: 5 Coolest Science Stories Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.19.2013 | Science

From a gross spider video gone viral to a new study about violent video games, the week was full of interesting science news. I had a chance to count ...

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WATCH: Has AIDS Met Its Match?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.18.2013 | Science

Researchers may have discovered a way to protect against the transmission of HIV--a worldwide epidemic that now infects about 35 million people. No...

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COUNTDOWN: Top Science Stories This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.12.2013 | Science

From an incredible look at a giant squid to the International Space Station, I counted down the top five science stories of the week with HuffPost Liv...