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Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

Looking for an Oasis in the Energy Desert!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 09.12.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

It sounds like some exotic story that you would find in a National Geographic magazine, but it's actually a story that many physicists are increasingly worried about!

We Thought It Was Safe

Bill Couzens | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

While the environment can be powerful, its negative effects are primarily man-made. Everything we put in the environment impacts our surroundings and inevitably, human health.

Seven Reasons Congress Must Reauthorize America COMPETES

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 09.12.2014 | Education
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Innovation -- the process of introducing new products, services, and processes to the marketplace -- is critical to economic competitiveness.

Salt In The Wound

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Hypothetically, we could find ourselves in trouble by eating too little salt. But hypothetically, we could incur injury from an excess of oxygen. That's not a good reason to stop breathing.

Science Isn't Just For NASA: You Can Bust Out Your Own Science Spark

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 09.11.2014 | Science
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

We are smart enough. All of us. And we must remain curious and critical lifelong consumers of scientific information, equipped to make informed and responsible decisions that will affect the lives of our neighbors, our environment and ultimately, the whole world.

The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time! Here's my graphic line of connecting dots: 1. Almost all scienti...

Whole Wheat-ifying School Lunch: Could It Work?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

A donut made with whole-wheat flour is just slightly healthier that the refined wheat one, but that doesn't make it into a healthy food, and the whole wheat-ification might confuse us into forgetting it's a food to consume rarely.

A Day in the Life of a Big City Beekeeper

Maya Albanese | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
Maya Albanese

There are speculations as to the reason for the decrease, but an evident correlation is the mounting prevalence of man-made toxic chemicals in the environment.

A Book That Will Not Make Its Author Rich

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books
Don C. Reed

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am well acquainted with both Tory Williams, author of the just-released book Inevitable Collision: The Inspiring S...

Lost Ship From Doomed Arctic Expedition Discovered

AP | ROB GILLIES | Posted 09.10.2014 | Science

TORONTO (AP) — One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage h...

Do You Really Want to Be a Neuroscientist?

Marcos Stafne | Posted 09.09.2014 | Science
Marcos Stafne

When we talk to young people about careers in science, we should emphasize both the awesome aspects of science careers and the importance of internship and service learning to understand if a career in science is really the right match.

Schirmacher (R)evolution in Saas-Fee: The Badiouan EVENT Takes For(u)m with Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Graham Harman and Geert Lovink

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Like the proverbial fall of dominos or throwing of the Deleuzian dice, the black and white of the ever-domino(ant) continential philosophy text is blending into a distinct shade of grey...

Authoring the Future

Spencer Wolff | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology
Spencer Wolff

A young startup named Authorea is trying to bring efficiency and transparency to the process of writing scientific papers. At the same time, it hopes to revolutionize incentive structures in academia, and jumpstart scientific exploration in the 21st century.

Five Facts about Fungi: The Unsung Heroes

Dr. Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Dr. Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D.

Sometimes, it's all too easy to overlook what's really important in life. Countless heroes go unsung as they carry out their important work behind the scenes. Today I would like to take a moment to acknowledge a group of unsung heroes working diligently all over the world: fungi.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Climate Change This Week: CA Solar Dream, Power Plants Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...

Eve's Expectations: How Bias Impacts Christian Women in Science

Emily Ruppel | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science
Emily Ruppel

If it's harder to become a scientist just because you're a girl, imagine how much harder to start on that path as a member of a religious group that's often marginalized by leading scientists in the public sphere.

Sex And 'The Starbucks Effect'

Daniel M. Davis | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science
Daniel M. Davis

Scientists compared the differences in genes between friends and strangers across nearly 2,000 people and they found that friends tend to have a more similar set of genes than strangers. Perhaps it's "The Starbucks Effect" -- if two people like the smell of coffee maybe they're more likely to hang out together.

The Ten Commandments of Science

David J. Eicher | Posted 09.04.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

Why should science not also have its ten commandments? Here is the current set of commandments through the eyes of science, in the form of objective, natural theories that should be believed.

The Realities of Decommissioning an Active, Offshore, Oil-producing... Skyscraper

Emily Callahan | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green
Emily Callahan

From a fisheries perspective, any option in which the structure or its fragments are left on the bottom, has the potential to cause physical interference with fishing activities, such as entanglement.

This Teen Wants To Save The World Using One Very Common Material

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.03.2014 | Teen

Ridding the Earth of pollution may sound like an impossible task to most. But not to 16-year-old UK whiz-kid Samuel Burrow, who was recently named on...

Mental Illness: How the Victim's Families Suffer A Similar Faith

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Olayiwola A. Alara

While there is no known cure for a psychological disorder, there are a few medications that can assist to subdue the illness so the victims are not ...

Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This was a study designed to generate a predictably useless, misleading, and potentially harmful answer to an egregiously silly and perhaps even willfully disingenuous question. If science were generally this bad, we would never have exited the Stone Age.

Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.