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Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.

A Kerfuffle Among Friends and Family in the House of Bi

Gary North | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary North

Once upon a time, when the bi world was young (1987-1990 or so) and some of us were a bit younger, all the American bi activists seemed to know each other.

The Business of Search and Discovery

Olivier Dumon | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Olivier Dumon

Scholarly publishers can, and do, match content to researchers leveraging the user, usage and social signals as part of our professional responsibility to advance science. Researchers have the responsibility of their profession to weigh its benefits against the liability of the privacy tradeoff.

Mind Games: Surprising News About ADHD Medication

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Wick, Ed.D

Note: This post has been revised since its original publication. My oldest daughter was diagnosed with ADD over 10 years ago, as the result of a co...

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

Mega-Collaborations: How Big Teams Can Work Together

Annie Murphy Paul | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Annie Murphy Paul

If you've ever been a part of a team in a workplace, you know that coordinating with even a single other person can quickly get, well, complicated. Now imagine having hundreds, even thousands of "teammates," all with a hand in the same project.

On Darwin Day, We Honor Science and Scientists

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.31.2014 | Science
Roy Speckhardt

This year's celebration is especially meaningful given the numerous legislative threats that the scientific community faces and the lackluster level of government funding of scientific research.

Can One Cordon Off Evil Ideas From Art and Science?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

It is difficult, to be sure, how to gauge the utility of beautiful things that are brought into the world from repugnant minds.

Explore a Hawaiian Fishpond on Your iPhone

Jason Rushin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

The Hawaiian people have been practitioners of the art of aquaculture for centuries. Being surrounded by ocean, it's an obvious talent, but the advanced fish-rearing technologies that they developed centuries ago are nothing short of amazing.

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...

A Day in the Mojave Looking for Blueprints

Daniel Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Daniel Ross

Blueprint Earth is an organization with lofty ambitions. Their goal is to take snapshots of various environments around the globe with the intention of recreating them in artificial surroundings, like a warehouse - eventually perhaps, the moon.

Stiffening the Standards of Scientific Research

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

While I agree that changes are called for in certain standards and practices, it is wrong to conclude that there are any fundamental flaws in the basic methods of science. When science is done properly, it still remains the most powerful force for human advancement the world has ever seen.

Science Is a Challenge Issued to All of Us

Jess Peláez | Posted 12.21.2013 | Science
Jess Peláez

The fundamental connections between different elements of an environment are too often overlooked, and they hold critical information about how life on this planet functions. By understanding these environments on their own terms, we will be able to break them apart into pieces and then put them back together again.

The Essential Pursuit of Science

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

No one can predict what practical applications can come out of the basic scientific research being done today, but history shows that without basic science we can expect little human progress.

What Is A Hypothesis? Or, Why Can't I Dismiss This Theory in Favor Of My Religion?

Community Advocate Stuart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Community Advocate Stuart

A hypothesis proposes an idea that makes testable predictions about a given question. We then set up an experiment to test this model by looking for those predictions. This is why predictions are very important. No prediction, no test, no science.

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.

Sam Stein

Shutdown Delivers Quick Punch In The Gut To Science

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just hours into the government shutdown on Monday, the world of scientific research began feeling the pain. Across the country, feder...

LISTEN: Brain Having A Seizure Sounds...Weird

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science

Maybe you know what a seizure looks like, but ever wonder what one sounds like? To create the strange music in the recording above, Stanford Universit...

Two Heads are Better than One: The Importance of Collaboration in Research

Dr. Jennifer Lamberts | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science
Dr. Jennifer Lamberts

As scientists, we are all working toward the same end goal: to cure human disease. With such a lofty goal ahead of us, there is no time for researchers to stand alone as islands.

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 1: Stressed Animals Yield Poor Data

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Imagine you are a monkey in a laboratory and a person dressed in a white coat walks into the room with a catching net. How do you think you would react?

From Blunders to Breakthroughs

Mario Livio | Posted 09.16.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Blunders are not only inevitable, they are an essential part of any innovative thinking process. If not for them, any creative enterprise might be wandering for much too long down too many blind alleys.

Could My Eggs Be the Link to Curing Diseases?

Alice Crisci | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Alice Crisci

It's my body and my choice if I want to donate a dozen of my eggs to science. Who knows -- maybe it's my egg that will be used to find a cure for cancer. Now wouldn't that be an incredible way to make a difference in the world.

No One's Moral But You and Me -- and Now I Wonder About You

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 08.14.2013 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Research with animals is an ethically charged consideration for everyone regardless of age. It is not just animal rights advocates who take this issue seriously; researchers do as well.

The Collapse of Science, Not Housing, Ended the American Dream

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Science will bring us into the future and provide a better life for us and our children, but the need to support science goes beyond winning wars and practical rewards. Every human being is curious about the natural world around them.

Hype Now, Hide Later: No Way to Do Scientific Research

David H. Bailey | Posted 07.28.2013 | Science
David H. Bailey

The scientific world is suffering through a rash of examples of the sad consequences of the "hype now, hide later" approach to scientific news.