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Confidence Do's And Dont's, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, supplied us with a few important and surprising “do’s” and “don’ts” when it comes to con...

Why Sports Are Great For Girls, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked about how to instill self-confidence in young girls, Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, had a few words of wisdom to share f...

Being Married To The White House Press Secretary, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

Since Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, is married to The White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, we just couldn’t resist picking he...

Claire Shipman With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

It was such a pleasure to have Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, as my guest on Mondays With Marlo. A successful news anchor, accompl...

Two Mistakes Women Make In The Workplace To Undermine Their Confidence, From Claire Shipman (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, shared some valuable insights about the mistakes women make in the workplace—often unknowingly—t...

A Troublesome Response: Nicholas Wade Still Avoids the Debate About Race and Genetics

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 07.31.2014 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

In his response to comments by me, Jon Marks and Jennifer Raff, Wade does not take on any substantive aspect of the debate; rather, he misrepresents the science again and takes a shot at our credentials as scholars. Here is a very quick response to his comments, in hopes of correcting the record and getting this debate back to the science.

Nicholas Wade and Race: Building a Scientific Façade

Jennifer Raff | Posted 07.27.2014 | Science
Jennifer Raff

Wade can't justify his first and primary point: his claim that the human racial groups we recognize today culturally are scientifically meaningful, discrete biological divisions of humans. This claim provides a direct basis for the whole second half of the book, in which he makes speculative arguments about national character.

Mutant Mice's Odd Behavior May Yield Key Clues About Autism

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 05.27.2014 | Science

It's not every day you see a mouse with a mohawk. But that's what researchers saw while studying mice that had a genetic mutation linked to autism. ...

Researchers Promise New Genetic Test for Alcoholism for Which They Found No Scientific Evidence

Cecile Janssens | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

This is an unexpected claim, because the study itself shows that the genetic test did not predict alcoholism at all; the researchers demonstrated that the predictive ability of their test was not better than tossing a coin. This incorrect interpretation of genetic prediction studies is common, unfortunately.

WATCH: Surprising DNA Link Has Scientists Rethinking Evolution Of Birds

AP | NICK PERRY | Posted 05.23.2014 | Science

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Research linking New Zealand's diminutive kiwi with a giant extinct bird from Africa is prompting scientists to rethi...

The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 07.19.2014 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

Wade's approach to race is particularly dangerous because his argument is that he is just a defender of scientific truth and that a cabal of left-leaning academics is obfuscating reality with oppressive, even fascistic, denials of the truth about race. Unfortunately, he is either ignorant of the actual data and diversity of research or he is willfully avoiding them.

Human Gene Found In Dogs

LiveScience | Elizabeth Palermo | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science

Dogs and people have more in common than a love of Frisbees and long walks on the beach. A new study finds that certain dogs, just like certain huma...

Ancient Teen Sheds Light On First Americans

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of years ago, a teenage girl toppled into a deep hole in a Mexican cave and died. Now, her skeleton and her DNA are bolsteri...

Review of A Troublesome Inheritance

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
American Anthropological Association

That is because the nature of the intellectual terrain -- the authoritative story of where we came from and who we are -- lies on the contested turf of human kinship, and everybody thinks they own a piece of it.

Mystery Of Bears' 'Heart Attack Diet' Finally Solved

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - How do they do it? How do polar bears have such an incredibly high fat diet and get so fat - munch...

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement

Stem Cell Advance May Bring New Treatments For Deadly Disease

AP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — In a potential step toward new diabetes treatments, scientists used a cloning technique to make insulin-producing cells with the DNA...

Y Chromosome Does More Than Determine Sex, New Study Shows

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 04.26.2014 | Science

Men have lost most of the genes originally included on the Y chromosome during evolution, but those genes essential for survival have persevered, new...

Grisly Relic Tested For Beheaded King's DNA

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 04.26.2014 | Science

New genetic evidence casts further doubt on the authenticity of a grisly French relic: a gourd long believed to be stained with the blood of Louis XV...

EXPLAINED: Why Neanderthals, Modern Humans Are So Different

Reuters | Sharon Begley | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderth...

Bullying's Terrible Legacy: How Childhood Stress Can Change Our Genes Forever

Sharon Moalem | Posted 06.14.2014 | Science
Sharon Moalem

Your body is in a constant state of transformation and regeneration, and your experiences, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, from bullies to crushes to sloppy joes, have all left an indelible mark within you -- and more importantly, within your genome.

Hacking Your Genome: How Insurance Companies Legally Discriminate Against You and Your Family

Sharon Moalem | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Moalem

I always feel obliged to ask my patients to consider carefully what they might be getting themselves and their families into before they have any genetic testing or sequencing done that is not anonymous.

Do You Want Genetic Research to Move Forward? Then Start Sharing Data!

Isabel Duarte | Posted 06.03.2014 | Science
Isabel Duarte

Genetic research is still very expensive, and if one cannot reuse the data for further analysis, millions of dollars of public money will have gone to waste, harming most of all each and every individual waiting for a cure, while hindering the progress of genetic research.

Did Neanderthals Give Europeans Their Fat?

| Ann Gibbons | Posted 04.03.2014 | Science

Neanderthals and modern Europeans had something in common: They were fatheads of the same ilk. A new genetic analysis reveals that our brawny cousins...

Tree's Genome Is Biggest Ever Sequenced

| Thomas Sumner | Posted 03.22.2014 | Science

A loblolly pine tree on the 17th hole of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia blocked so many of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s shots ...