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Science Literacy

States of Denial: We Don't Need No Climate Education

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Our story of the cozy partnership between political leaders and the fossil fuel industry now moves to Wyoming, where the state has moved to block the efforts by 26 states to modernize the science curriculum taught in our nation's schools.

Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

Meg Lowman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

Children grow up healthier and happier when they experience a direct connection to nature. Just as importantly, those young people are also far more likely to value the natural world when they've developed a connection to it. The need for this has never been greater than it is today.

A Treatment for Chemophobia

Joe Schwarcz | Posted 06.11.2014 | Science
Joe Schwarcz

The oxygen we breathe, the water we drink and the sugar we eat are all chemicals. But somehow "chemical" has become a dirty word, synonymous with "toxin," and "chemical-free" is now a popular, albeit nonsensical, advertising slogan.

Lost The Bracket Challenge? Don't Lose Sleep!

Akhila Satish | Posted 05.27.2014 | Science
Akhila Satish

We can analyze this paper and the findings the way we might analyze a basketball loss. In basketball, we see only the game being played on the court. In research, we can only read the paper and interpret the data we are given.

'Don't Know Much About Science'

Melanie Fine | Posted 04.30.2014 | Science
Melanie Fine

We must bridge the gap between the science we value and where we are now. We know that education is the starting place -- improving science education in the schools, and improving access to higher education for all. It's not enough, however.

Why Are Latinos Way Ahead of the Climate Change Curve? 3 Latino Climatologists Respond

Javier Sierra | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

In the battle against climate change, Latinos are in the line of fire. And our musketeers are our scientists.

Art Makes Environmental Change Real

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Apparently, scientific information, no matter how solid, is unable to persuade a good many people of the reality of climate change. At the same time we're finding that less objective (and less scientifically valid) types of information can affect people's views.

Pew Quiz Fails on Climate Question

Mark Boslough | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Mark Boslough

I didn't like this question: "What gas do most scientists believe causes temperatures in the atmosphere to rise?" Why was it posed in a way that fuels the perception that this is simply a matter of opinion (or even worse, "belief")? Shame on Pew.

Lunch Date Dilemma: Little Black Book of Scientists or Little Colorful Book of Sci-lit?

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 08.25.2013 | Science
Dr Layla McCay

Is science literature an essential tool for democratizing research, or is it a relic of a pre-internet age?

On Science, Politics and Climate Change

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.23.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

One reason you don't want to have politicians mucking around in the nuts and bolts of science is that they often have a shaky grasp of the science at best.

Understanding Health Myths, Presumptions and Facts

Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S.

In the scientific world, we live by the tenet "association does not assume causation." That is, just because two things happen to be related, does not mean that one caused the other.

Climate Science and Science Literacy: The Strange Divergence

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Further "education" on climate science alone is unlikely to make inroads with people who have already decided that climate change is not real or not human-induced.

Cara Santa Maria

'I'm Proud That I'm A Nerd'

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.13.2012 | Science

This summer, two high school students boldly represented the U.S. in the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad, and one of them even took home the go...

Higgs' 'God Particle' Nickname Fuels Twitter Firestorm

Posted 07.09.2012 | Science

Physics fans went wild over this week's announcement that scientists at CERN had discovered a particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson. Bu...

So You Think You Can Think? Think Again!

David Ropeik | Posted 08.01.2012 | Science
David Ropeik

A paper in this week's Nature Climate Change reinforces a really important insight about the limits of our ability to reason and think rationally. Dan Kahan and colleagues demonstrate how greater science literacy leads those who deny climate change to deny it more.

How Science Works

Priyamvada Natarajan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Science
Priyamvada Natarajan

The reality of how science works is in sharp contrast to the way most Americans seem to see it--perhaps as definitive, time-limited, and based on speculation or assertion.

The War On Religion: A View From The Trenches

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The claim by Republicans that there is a war on religion turns reality on its head and attempts to make victims out of perpetrators.

Heed the Robot

Seth Shostak | Posted 04.01.2012 | Science
Seth Shostak

If robots have tear ducts, they'll be giving them a good workout this week. Dick Tufeld, the voice of one of television's most famous robots, has died at the age of 85.

Are MIT Students Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Gernot Wagner | Posted 10.14.2011 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Ask any climate scientist to explain global warming to a fifth grader, and they will pull out the bathtub analogy: The atmosphere is the tub. The leve...

Christine O'Donnell and Rush Limbaugh: A Match for the (Dark) Ages

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Rather than merely being amused by Christine O'Donnell's astounding scientific ignorance, we need to recognize the consequences such ignorance has for society.

Can You Speak Science? A Primer from a Priest

Gareth Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gareth Harris

I am going to suggest four things in hard science you can learn to get started. Pick one and dive in. It won't hurt, and it might be fun.

Improving Science Education by Ignoring Evolution? Absurd!

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Studies continue to show that U.S. students' science literacy is very poor. The science curriculum advanced by creationist organizations make an already bad situation far worse.

Creationism in Connecticut? Pushing Pseudoscience in the Name of Religion

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Chester Harris claims that proponents of evolution "haven't proven anything. It's all still theory and faith." Wrong! Wrong! And Wrong! It is amazing that Harris can make three significant errors in a mere nine words.

America's Scientific Dream Team

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James M. Gentile

It was just over a year ago that at one presidential debate three candidates identified themselves as not believing in the theory of evolution.