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What The Consumer Electronics Show Taught About Wireless Spectrum

Mike Montgomery | Posted 03.17.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Growing wireless dependence has also focused attention on a looming threat to our wireless future -- lack of available spectrum to handle all the mobile data.

Shark Thought To Be Extinct Discovered In Unlikeliest Of Places

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By David Shiffman: (Click here for original article) After his 1902 trip to Yemen, scholar and naturalist Wilhelm Hein returned with a variety of ...

Online Science Community Explodes With Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.18.2013 | Science

The science blogosphere is ablaze with talk of sexual harassment -- and some of the biggest names in the business find themselves caught in the middle...

If You Could Change Just One Thing

Christina Pirello | Posted 06.12.2013 | Green
Christina Pirello

As Earth Day approaches, consider this thought. If you could change one thing -- if you could control one thing, and have that change have an actual effect on life as we know it, what would you change?

Why the 'Gene' Concept Holds Back Evolutionary Thinking

James A. Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2013 | Science
James A. Shapiro

DNA and molecular genetics have brought us to a fundamentally new conceptual understanding of genomes, how they are organized and how they function.

Political Feedback Loop on Climate Change Has Just Begun

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 01.05.2013 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

After years of silence, the conversation that Sandy unleashed is looping back on itself, feeding a suppressed desire to do everything we can, not just to mitigate the effects of climate change but to try to slow it down.

Attraction between Friends of Opposite Sexes

| Posted 07.23.2012 | Women

Close friends of opposite sexes—is it possible for it to be platonic? Or will there inevitably be some sort of uncomfortable subtext of attraction? ...

The Politics of Struggle vs. Snuggle

James O'Dea | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
James O'Dea

We are ready for something more subtle and more evolved in our politicians. Democracy is indeed about both the contest of contrasting ideas and the collaborative energy needed to meet common challenges and forge a national consensus.

Book Review: 'The Fate of the Species'

David Vognar | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
David Vognar

In describing the most pressing dangers to the human species, Fred Guterl spends considerable time talking about climate change, though he believes that viruses pose probably the most direct threat to humans.

Getting Over the Road Not Traveled

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 06.25.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

What age takes away in collagen and hangover resilience, it gives back in the form of a certain kind of contentment.

Lucia Graves

The Long History Of Climate Denier Publicity Stunts | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.14.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- When former NASA administrators, astronauts and engineers released a letter earlier this week attacking the science of climate change, ...

Towards a More Energy Efficient Food System

Kyle Rabin | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Kyle Rabin

It's important to understand the many interconnections between the food and energy sectors in order to make good consumer choices and develop prudent public policy.

Who's The Fairest Of Them All?

Posted 11.27.2012 | Miami

According to the daily deal web site LivingSocial, Miami is the vainest city in America. And they did more than hang out on Washington Avenue and Fift...

Why Children Don't Learn In Preschool

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Experts know, with great certainty, the best way for children to learn. And the trend, nationwide, is away from doing those things.

D.C. vs. the Green Apple: In Efficiency, We're Closer Than You Think

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Brian F. Keane

New York City has it all: high-efficiency windows, hybrid taxis, low-flow appliances, underwater turbines and more. But let's face it: it's easy for cities to be efficient. What about the suburbs?

My Secret to Raising SAT Scores

Meg Campbell | Posted 11.27.2011 | Education
Meg Campbell

My secret advice to raising SAT scores is to read the New Yorker magazine weekly -- or another magazine that is a reach to read because it's written for adults, not teens.

The Obvious Solutions Newt Gingrich Is Missing

Andy Mannle | Posted 07.20.2011 | Green
Andy Mannle

Newt Gingrich is an ideas man. He's all about solutions. But by environmental solutions, he means solving problems the fossil fuel industry has with environmental regulation.

Why We Dance: Bible Stories Of Mystical Movement

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 07.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

From a Judaic perspective, it is the soul's spontaneous desire to reach beyond its corporeal container and express its most sublime root in the highest realms.

New Program Recruits 1000 Scientists To Work With Schools

GOOD | By Liz Dwyer | Posted 07.06.2011 | Education

It's not easy for a teacher to randomly call up the biology department at the local college and ask, "Do you have someone who can come talk to my stud...

Grad Student Uses HIV DNA To Make Music

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

University of Georgia graduate student Alexandra Pajak's new instrumental CD draws inspiration from an unlikely source -- HIV. "Sounds of HIV," rele...

Imagining a World Without Oil

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

We have seen the deadly results and heartbreak in the Gulf of Mexico from every angle and are shocked and moved by what we see. But is it enough to get us to move from inertia into personal action and social change?

Religious and Secular Belief: All The Same To The Brain | Allison Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

"Believing the sun is a star is rather the same as believing Jesus was born of a virgin," says Sam Harris, co-author of a study that suggests that the...

Focus: Should it be on Copenhagen or Calera?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

Today's most interesting Climate Change conversation may not be taking place in policy discussions in Copenhagen, but at the Power-Gen International conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Woo Woo Is a Step Ahead of (Bad) Science

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

For those who aren't familiar with the term, "woo woo" is a derogatory reference to almost any form of unconventional thinking, aimed by professional skeptics.

Food Shortages The Biggest Threat To Civilization: Scientific American

Scientific American | Lester R. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The biggest threat to global stability is the potential for food crises in poor countries to cause government collapse....