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I, Robot... Will Kill You?

Seriously Skewed | Posted 08.20.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

There could, of course, be benefits to having a robot army.

Where Do We Come From?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 08.20.2014 | Weird News
Denise M. Wilbanks

My dear readers, Denial is not a river in Egypt. What will it take to wake up? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so disempowered that we have thrown in the towel? If so, is self destruction imminent? I would hope not.

Beam a Message to Mars!

David J. Eicher | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

An ambitious campaign by the space fundraising group Uwingu starts today that will allow participants to beam a message to Mars.

A New Study on Parental Control Before Conception

Christopher Herz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science
Christopher Herz

Everyone wants the best for their children. You can see it in the faces of parents shopping for strollers, preschools and nannies who speak five langu...

Wrestling Climate Change to the Ground

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Inside, 23 palpably excited scientists introduce themselves and rattle off their disciplines. Uh oh. Is this conference going to be all about graphs, equations and incomprehensible hypotheses presented with wild enthusiasm? (Yes.)

Naïve Realism, or the Strange Case of Physics and Fake Philosophers (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Scientists have assigned the role of Mister Answer to science, the source of knowledge on every subject. This is peculiar because science does not accept a complete body of knowledge at any one time as final, therefore no answer can be final. This is how science progresses. Scientists, though, often forget that.

Climate Change This Week: Stormy Constipation, Solar Utility Comeback, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Barbuda Sets a New Standard for Marine Protection in the Caribbean

Amber Jackson | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

Earlier this week the Barbuda Council signed into law a sweeping set of new ocean-management regulations that zone the coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries.

Who Was the First Named Human?

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 08.15.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Not surprisingly, the record of the first humans identified by a personal name goes back to before the dawn of history itself. Through his artistic "Love Symbol", the The Artist Formerly Known as Prince gave us a clue how pre-writing names were probably rendered!

I Am a Botanist (And No, I Don't Grow Marijuana)

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

We should not be reluctant to embrace the one word that has always encompassed everything that we do: botany, the study of plants. Our work is critical to the health of the planet and the ages-old quest to better understand it. Our skills, our talents, and our passion are needed now more than ever.

Man-Made Warming Now Number One Cause Of Melting Glaciers

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds. ...

Christian Women in Science Celebrate First Year -- And Are Reaching for More!

Lynn Billman | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Lynn Billman

'I don't have to filter what I say!' Sharon Petzinger, a wildlife biologist who studies birds for the state of New Jersey, said this to me with a light of joy in her eyes. Hannah Ryan, a grad student at the University of Colorado, echoed the sentiment.

Montana: Big Sky Country, Big Climate Problems

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The glaciers I marveled at on my backpacking trip have shrunk considerably, and even then they were a pale approximation of what they once were.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

'The 6th Extinction:' A Talk with James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is more than a thriller author. He's a veterinarian, a man of science, and writes best-selling novels evocative of Michael Crichton and Isaac Asimov, but with a uniquely imaginative flavor of their own.

Common Core's War Against Science and Children

Alan Singer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The claims put forward by advocates of Common Core and its attendant standardized testing regime are just not true, at least according to the latest research on how the human brain operates and how people learn.

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Christine Henseler

As the world gets bigger and the world's problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the Arts and Humanities provide just that.

These Science Museums Are Actually Fun for Kids

WHERE | Posted 08.11.2014 | Travel
WHERE

After a visit to one of these destinations, they'll return to school knowing that learning can be fun. Apparently, if you hide education behind a cloak of fun (dinosaurs, astronauts, dolphins and observatories), they will love it.

Climate Change This Week: Mega Methane, Tidal Power, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014 How unusua...

What We Need to Learn From the Ebola Epidemic

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Luckily, the two Americans who received ZMapp, the new experimental drug for Ebola, seem to be improving, which holds great promise and hope for thousands of other people but also raises broader ethical issues and questions.

Baggage Culture and Why Embracing Transhumanism Doesn't Come Easy

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.07.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

For many thousands of years now, the human race has been indoctrinated to submit to orthodoxy and to cower before authority, and to swallow endless nonsense from both.

We Need to Learn How to Throw Away Data

Alice Bean | Posted 08.07.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

As an experimental particle physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider, learning to handle large amounts of data is a necessary skill. In addition, one needs to learn how to differentiate between something that is useful and something that is not.

Did We Lose the Technology to Go to the Moon?

Quora | Posted 08.07.2014 | Technology
Quora

Why does it take 3 years to develop a new car, when it shares 90% of its "DNA" with the previous model?

Howard to Harvard: An Inside Look at Mentoring in STEM Education

Dr. Sheila Nutt | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Sheila Nutt

One of the challenges in this area involves finding mentors who understand the complex issues surrounding urban youth. In order to prepare the future generation of STEM leaders, we must also increase the access to research labs and hands-on experiences in the biomedical sciences.

God and the Multiverse

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In a broad sense of that term, reading Max Tegmark'sOur Mathematical Universe is akin to a religious experience. I would not be at all surprised if Tegmark felt a similar sense of excitement in writing this massively learned yet wonderfully accessible book.