Texas Professors Respond to New Research on Gay...
Mark Regnerus claims to have produced the first rigorous scientific evidence showing that same sex families harm children. As a family sociologist at the University of Texas, I am disturbed by his irresponsible and reckless representation of social science research, and furious that he is besmirching my university to lend credibility to his “findings.” The recent study by my colleague...
This Week In Science History
Did you know you owe your teeth to a 15th Century emperor? This week marks significant strides in history for dental care, but that’s not all. The week also commemorates the first African-American astronaut—and it’s not who you might think. Chemists synthesized one of the world’s most important molecules for the first time, and a man made history while traveling the high...
"Science: It's A Girl Thing!"
This video featuring women playing in the lab with lipstick and heels has gone viral in a matter of hours, receiving enormous backlash from the science community. Look to Twitter using hashtags #realwomenofscience and #sciencegirlthing to see the drama unfold. And in case you wanted some better examples of what a scientist really looks like, our good friend Allie Wilkinson started this amazing...
20 Astronauts To Follow On Twitter
What does the Sun look like from space? What do astronauts want to eat when they return to Earth? What does this button do? If you’ve ever wondered things like this, we’re here to help. Here is a list of 20 astronauts to follow on Twitter (in no particular order). Veteran commanders and trainees alike, they have a unique perspective on the world—and since they’ve been in orbit,...
Vaccines & Autism: Controversy Persists, But Why?
The vaccine-autism controversy has been brewing ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet. Fourteen years later, the study has been retracted and scientists have had no luck finding a legitimate link between childhood vaccinations and autism. Yet, the debate rages on. Why does over 20 percent of the population still think that vaccines cause autism? And what...
30 Neuroscientists To Follow On Twitter
How does the brain work? What explains love—and hate? Is free will an illusion? If these sorts of questions interest you, HuffPost Science would like to introduce you to a a few folks—renowned experts in neuroscience whose tweets can help keep you abreast of the latest findings and continuing controversies in the realm of the brain and mind. Click here for the full article and...
Can Positive Thinking Really Improve Health?
The power of positive thinking movement is the cornerstone upon which countless American self-help empires have been built. But does it really have the power it so often promises? Cara Santa Maria reports.
Fetal Genome: DNA Sequencing From Mother's Blood,...
What if you could read much of your child’s medical future while it was still in the womb? Taking a major step toward that goal, one fraught with therapeutic potential and ethical questions, scientists have now accurately predicted almost the whole genome of an unborn child by sequencing DNA from the mother’s blood and DNA from the father’s saliva. More here.
World Said Near Tipping Point For Disastrous...
Earth is rapidly headed toward a catastrophic breakdown if humans don’t get their act together, according to an international group of scientists. Writing Wednesday (June 6) in the journal Nature, the researchers warn that the world is headed toward a tipping pointmarked by extinctions and unpredictable changes on a scale not seen since the glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago. ...
Man's Touch Makes Women Hotter In Face And Chest,... →
huffingtonpost: The researchers wanted to find how other emotions impact facial temperature, so they took heat-showing pictures of two groups of young heterosexual women during a standard interaction with an experimenter, which included touching the arm, palm, face and chest (using a light probe that they were told measures skin color). When an experimenter (of either gender) touched a...
Is female cheating evolutionarily adaptive?
Infidelity is easy to explain in males. By sleeping around, a guy can potentially impregnate more females and sire more offspring than if he just had one mate. But females cheat, too, even though a woman will only be able to have roughly one baby per year no matter how many male sex partners she has had. One leading evolutionary hypothesis suggests that a female who mates with multiple males...
This Week In Science History
Take a moment to see how far we’ve come. Some of the greatest minds in science made history this week.
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who...– Charles Darwin (via ikenbot)