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August 27, 2015 As students return to school, anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests it's time for the rest of us to take a pop quiz designed to measure science literacy in the United States.
This July 16, 1945, photo shows the mushroom cloud of the first atomic explosion at Trinity Test Site, New Mexico.
August 26, 2015 Humans toy dangerously with things we barely understand — and the consequences could be cataclysmic — but astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser says these five experiments shouldn't have driven such fear.
August 25, 2015 A lot happened in the solar system this summer, from Pluto flybys to comet closeups. As the long summer shadows begin fading into memory, astrophysicist Adam Frank tours all we accomplished.
August 24, 2015 Commentator Tania Lombrozo says there's been some — but not much — progress in real data on vegan pregnancies in recent years; what's out there points to the conclusion that it's likely safe.
August 18, 2015 With the last of summer on our minds, it may be hard to get pumped up to think about deep issues like the politics of consumption on a finite planet, says Adam Frank. But what about thermodynamics?
Barbara J. King says that caring for Bootsie has helped her deal with her grief over the death of her mother.
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August 13, 2015 Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores how she found her own grief eased after the death of her mother by helping a traumatized cat that had lost its human and animal families.
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August 4, 2015 All those folks who think they can invent whatever claims they want about climate change, vaccines or evolution are like Martin Sheen trying to sell Centrum Silver on TV, says Adam Frank.
Unity is a film from the writer and director of Earthlings.
July 29, 2015 The upcoming documentary Unity is a wake-up call to humanity on the moral duty to respect the diversity of life, which is born from the same seed, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
July 26, 2015 The New York Times recently reported that a walk in nature can actually change the wiring in your brain. So, Adam Frank suggests we go take a walk.
July 23, 2015 The Matrix for spiders? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what scientists can learn about invertebrate perception and neurophysiology from chilling then magnetizing jumping spiders.
July 22, 2015 Last week, scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of the "pentaquark" particle, clearing up 50 years of false signals and potential sightings, says Marcelo Gleiser.
July 15, 2015 Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser wonders what the children watching the flyby will accomplish as they join the ranks of future space explorers. The probes have been there; perhaps now it is our turn.
July 8, 2015 Some memories persist for a lifetime, even if sometimes only at the level of uncertain contours, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. How does the brain do that?
July 7, 2015 A road trip to Pluto is not something you want to try with kids — the asteroid belt is nothing but tourist traps, and the rest stops really thin out after Saturn, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
July 6, 2015 It turns out the science of bicycles is surprisingly complex and only partially understood, falling under the "Illusion of Explanatory Depth" phenomenon, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.
June 29, 2015 Psychologist Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper that finds an association between cognitive style — intuitive or analytic — and beliefs about evolution.
June 26, 2015 Commentator Alva Noë takes a look at a new study showing that PTSD sufferers experience the presence of real threats the rest of us cannot see.
June 22, 2015 The short film Wanderers is a beautifully realized vision of all the places waiting for us in our cosmic backyard, if we can just find a way to sustain humanity, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
An artist impression shows Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
June 17, 2015 The probe found enough energy to send a signal — which hadn't been guaranteed. If all goes well, we may know fairly soon whether the comet it's on carries the stuff of life, says Marcelo Gleiser.
The view, from about 6,000 ft., near Black Tusk in Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, on June 6.
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June 9, 2015 Really imagining Earth as just one of countless planets can illuminate everything you see with a new and poignant clarity, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
June 8, 2015 Recently, a journalist confessed to fooling millions into believing that chocolate helps weight loss. Tania Lombrozo considers what the "chocolate hoax" can tell us.
The jaw fragment and teeth of Australopithecus deyiremeda, found in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
June 5, 2015 Last week, a group from Cleveland announced they found a new human ancestor. Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at the pros and cons of calling a fossil hominid a new biological species.
June 2, 2015 Commentator Adam Frank says robots capable of "living" are coming more quickly than most of us imagine — so we better get ready.
May 28, 2015 Anthropologist Barbara J. King spends a morning with an octopus in an effort to find out how to make life better for sentient, smart creatures on public view.
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