News and opinion from the Editors of The Huffington Post's Science vertical.
Today’s splash (lolllll)

Today’s splash (lolllll)

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Why people do crazy sh*t on Ambien.

#Ambien  #sleepwalking  #science  #sleep science  #sleep  #prescription meds  #cara santa maria  #huffpost  #addiction  #insomnia  #sleep medicine  

The Condom: An American Patriot?

The condom protects us from infection and unwanted pregnancy, and it has reshaped the history of sex across the world. Studying its strange past can teach us a lot about our changing attitudes toward sexual intimacy throughout the ages.

#condoms  #sex  #museum of sex  #cara santa maria  #science  #huffpost  #video  #history  #history of sex  #talk nerdy to me  

HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEN from Cara Santa Maria!

Bodysnatchers, werewolves, zombies—oh my! Did you know that many of the Halloween horrors we know and love have scientific roots? It’s true—there are real-life syndromes that mimic the themes found in the scariest of films and the spookiest of ghost stories. (Except ghosts, of course. They aren’t real!)

More here: Rare Syndromes Imitate Werewolves, Bodysnatchers, Zombies: Happy Halloween From Talk Nerdy

#talk nerdy to me  #TNTM  #cara santa maria  #halloween  #science  #video  #youtube  #bodysnatchers  #zombies  #werewolves  #huffpost  

In honor of LGBT history month, join us in celebrating the life of Alan Turing

#alan turing  #lgbt  #science  #news  #huffpost  #talk nerdy to me  #cara santa maria  

Crow Intelligence, Memory Research Suggests Birds Don't Forget Your Face (VIDEO)

They’re watching you!

#crows  #birds  #science  #research  #memory  #animals  #faces  #huffpost  #cara santa maria  #talk nerdy to me  #video  

Do Animals Have a Sense of Humor?

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Resurrecting The Woolly Mammoth

Should the woolly mammoth be resurrected? Is it even possible? And if so, is it ethical? Why did they go extinct in the first place? And what would be the point of bringing them back to life? Cara Santa Maria reports.

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Is Homeopathy Quackery?

You may think homeopathic is just another word for holisticorganic, or natural — but you’d be wrong.

#science  #news  #huffpost  #homeopathy  #natural  #holistic  #medicine  #cara santa maria  

Can a baby cry in French?

Can babies cry in French, German, English? When do they start to develop their own dialects, accents, even individual voices? Cara Santa Maria reports. 

#cara santa maria  #science  #huffpost  #babies  #talk  #language  #accents  #child development  

Solar Storms, Flares, Sunspots With 'The Bad Astronomer' Phil Plait (VIDEO)

#cara santa maria  #science  #video  #sun spots  #flares  #bad astronomer  #phil plait  

Chemistry Olympiad Student Contestants Talk Competition, Science Education In America (VIDEO)

#science olympiad  #science education  #science  #competition  #huffpost  #chemistry  #news  #cara santa maria  

Talk Nerdy To Me: GMOs Are Good?

When you hear the words genetically modified organism, GMO, or gen-mod food, what is your initial reaction? Does the thought of a scientifically manipulated fruit or vegetable make your mouth water? Or does it turn your stomach?

As a science writer, the topics I choose to cover vary from the mundane to the controversial, but I rarely see feather ruffling like I do when GMOs enter the conversation. Often the list of questions evoked is longer than the list of pros and cons we can draft on our own. Should we be tinkering with the genomes of plants to make them heartier, tastier, more nutritive? Does this process reduce their safety? Do consumers need to know whether their food has been genetically modified? And while we’re at it, what exactly is genetic modification?

Watch here.

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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 happens when parents act on their fears, refusing to inoculate their own children against dangerous diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella?

Watch the full interview with Cara Santa Maria and Seth Mnookin.

#video  #cara santa maria  #science  #vaccine  #autism  #huffpost  #talknerdytome  #controversy  

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.

#positive thinking movement  #positive psychology  #psychology  #positivity  #health  #cara santa maria  #huffpost  #science  #james coyne