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A Worthy New Year's Resolution for the New Congress

Mary Woolley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Mary Woolley

With few significant legislative achievements for science and innovation in the 113th Congress, we look to the new Congress to fuel the momentum needed for medical progress, summoning the political will necessary to speed scientific discovery and drug development.

Innovations in Science: Passing the 'Turing Test'

Olivier Dumon | Posted 12.19.2014 | Science
Olivier Dumon

Alan Turing and his legacy are pivotal reminders of the limitations of data analysis without the context. How would he be evaluated today looking only at some of those metrics? He published just a few articles in his too short life, but Turing's work has had profound impact upon computer science that still resonates.

Investing in America's Dazzling Scientific Talent

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

Our nation needs to increase its commitment to the intellectual pursuit of scientific discovery - and to the "dazzling" talent in our midst. That's a proven strategy to produce the jobs that Americans want and deserve -- not directly but indirectly.

In Which I Inadvertently Subject Myself to One of the Most Controversial Psychology Experiments of All Time

Daniel Yudkin | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science
Daniel Yudkin

Before I ate my sandwich, I removed a little pill bottle from my bag, shook two of the white oblong pills into my hand, and popped them into my mouth. I spat them back out. Something wasn't right.

Here Are The Amazing Things Your Body Will Do In The Minute You Spend Reading This

Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

300: that’s how many words the average human reads per minute. But in the minute or two it’ll take you to get through this roughly 600-word articl...

Registered Nurses Are Ebola Fighters and Scientists/Researchers

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

If you or someone you care about has benefited from modern day health care, chances are a nurse researcher/scientist was involved in the design or innovation. In fact, those hands that care for you at the bedside may well be delivering interventions pioneered by a nurse scientist.

New Evidence Of Life On Mars?

Reuters | Linda So | Posted 12.17.2014 | Science

Could it be evidence that there was once life on Mars? NASA's Curiosity rover has found spikes of methane in the Martian atmosphere, a gas that on ...

Insights Are in Cite: Tracking Science's Hottest and Emerging Fields

Christopher King | Posted 12.16.2014 | Science
Christopher King

These days, with scientific knowledge proliferating so rapidly and in such a seemingly undifferentiated torrent, how can one hope to mark the genesis of new areas of specialized investigation?

It Doesn't Get Better Than This

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 12.16.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

If you are a planetary scientist, you are having one of your best years... ever! Beyond the drama of the images, the technology that makes them possible is also amazing. How could anyone NOT be excited by the exploration of our solar system? Who needs the distant stars... for now.

God Is the New Physics

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.16.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

When spirituality and physics started to be linked, many scientists called it the use of metaphor. It couldn't literally be true that there was a Tao ...

Alcatraz Inmates Could Have Survived Escape, And Here's How

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 12.17.2014 | Science

More than 50 years ago, three Alcatraz inmates crawled through tunnels they had carved with spoons and escaped into the frigid waters of the San Franc...

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

Scientists Develop A 'Smart' Skin That Could Revolutionize Prosthetics

HuffPost Korea | Sanga Kwak | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology

“In a few years, I expect to see prosthetic devices made of prosthetic skin that detects external stimuli and responds like real skin, operated by brain signals.”

Should We Really Shrink Our Plates?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Manipulating the food environment can be a great tool for effortlessly improving people's eating habits, but this analysis suggests cafeterias should await further proof before they overhaul the dishware.

My Lover, My Altar

Ellie Burrows | Posted 12.12.2014 | Women
Ellie Burrows

Loving someone is a spiritual practice -- and now it seems the science just proves my point. In practice I've made it simple: I approach my beloved as if they are an altar.

More Mindfulness, Please: On Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

Cameron Conaway | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Cameron Conaway

The time is now. We as teachers need it. Our students need it. Our quick-fix, fast-paced society of more and now needs it.

Man's Quest for Immortality

Carlos S. Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Carlos S. Moreno, Ph.D.

One of the things that makes us uniquely human is the awareness of our own mortality. We all know that we have a limited time on this Earth, and what we do in life often is defined by how we deal with this unmovable truth. Many seek immortality through their religious beliefs in life after death.

The Climate Post: Negotiations Heat Up in Closing Stages of UN Climate Change Conference

Tim Profeta | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

A report issued by The United Nation's World Meteorological Association says that 2014 is expected to be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1961-1990 average.

Wanted: A National Science Center

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Since I served as commander of Ft. Gordon in Georgia many years ago, I have waged a long and partially successful struggle with my former boss and friend Lt. Gen. William Hillsman to create a National Science Center in which our nation's triumphs in science can be celebrated and used to inspire bright young people with inquiring intellects.

Protect and Maintain America's Scientific Preeminence

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

America is leading the world in scientific discoveries and technological advances, and key to that is the independence of the scientific process that has served American innovation so well in the past. It's essential to protect that process and ensure that scientific merit is determined by scientific peers.

Dare to Be 100: Old Brain, New Tricks

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I used to be interested in the effect of aging on cognition in an objective sense, but now, at age 84, the issue becomes very close at hand. I frequently challenge my memory to be sure that I'm not losing it.

No Lovin' Feeling... for Science Fair

Claire Wapole | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

Hard to believe, but at one point in my life I was actually eager for my kids to participate in the Science Fair. So help me, it's true. I loved being in the Chicago Public School Science Fair when I was a kid.

Men Aren't The Only Ones Who Get Turned On By 'Lingerie'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science

Turns out male rats have at least one thing in common with their human counterparts: they just love it when the ladies wear lingerie. At least tha...

Short Space Film 'Wanderers' Reminds Us We Are All Explorers

Singularity University | Sveta McShane | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

Wanderers is an inspiring vision of humanity’s expansion beyond planet earth, showing digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, buil...

Climate Change This Week: The Munchkin Dilemma, Solar Cash Crop and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate action is economically good and patriotic: clean energy is becoming as cheap as, and less economically volatile than, fossil fuels, and builds US energy independence.