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Scientific Literacy

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.

Cosmos, Answers in Genesis, and Science as Conspiracy Theory

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I am dismayed by the request by Answers in Genesis for equal time in Cosmos for creationist viewpoints. Answers in Genesis is dedicated to a literal young-Earth creationism that declares that the Earth was created in six 24-hour days around 6,000 years ago.

Evolution Is Not a Matter of 'Belief'

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

In a time of great divides over religion and politics, it's not surprising that we treat evolution the way we do political issues. But here's the problem: As settled science, evolution is not a matter of opinion or something one chooses to believe in or not, like a religious proposition.

Public Understanding of Science: The Sagan Legacy Continues

James M. Gentile | Posted 03.16.2014 | Science
James M. Gentile

Carl Sagan's Cosmos series is legendary for its ability to bring science to a wide audience and was far more than mere entertainment. We look forward to the March 2014 rebirth of Cosmos, which will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

PSST! 20 Best Tips For Making Sense Of Scientific Research

natureheader | William J. Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter & Mark Burgman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the...

Access to Scientific Literature: What to Do When Your Goose Stops Laying Golden Eggs

A. Townsend Peterson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
A. Townsend Peterson

After years of being held at the mercy of commercial publishing interests, scientists are beginning to wake up and take steps to recoup the rights to their own work.

Young Earth Creationism Is A Threat To American Survival

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

We should be worrying about the more than 100 million Americans who think the earth is 10,000 years old and trying to figure out how that happened. Marco Rubio is simply an expression of that large problem.

Gen-Xers Shockingly Ignorant About Astronomy, Report Reveals

Posted 10.23.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 10/23/2012 10:42 AM EDT on LiveScience Identifying your home or street from a Google E...

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...

We Are All Scientists

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.05.2012 | Education
Cara Santa Maria

I have no expectation that every man, woman, and child should strive to become a professional scientist. But I do have every expectation that every man, woman, and child should strive to become more scientifically literate.

The Brain Is Not an Explanation

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Consumers of science prefer simple messages and have heightened confidence in biological evidence to explain behavior. That may be human nature, but scientists should be careful not to play into these pervasive biases.

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.