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WATCH LIVE: Solar Eclipse

The live feed starts now!

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In case you missed it, there was an awesome total solar eclipse in northern Australia earlier today (er, I guess, technically yesterday).

See more photos here and our live blog here.

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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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The Countdown Begins: T-13 Hours!

Are you getting pumped for the Curiosity landing tonight?

If you plan to celebrate, send us your photos! We’ll be collecting them from viewers all over. You can tweet them to @HuffPostScience (#MarsParty) or upload them to our Facebook page.

We’ll also be playing Mars rover trivia on Twitter (#MarsTrivia), so tune in during the event to play and win prizes.

We’ll be liveblogging the event from Professor Thom’s viewing party in NYC, along with our blogger and Mars mission expert, Andrew Kessler. If you’re local to NYC, join us! You can also tweet @HuffPostScience with your rover questions, and we’ll get Andrew to try to answer them for you.

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Texas Professors Respond to New Research on Gay Parenting

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 Mark Regnerus on gay parenting purports to show that young adults with a parent who ever had a same-sex relationship turn out worse than young adults with continuously married heterosexual parents (who are, in addition, biologically related to their children). He calls this latter group the “gold standard for parenting.”

But in making this claim, he has violated the “gold standard for research.” Regnerus’ study is bad science. Among other errors, he made egregious yet strategic decisions in selecting particular groups for comparison.

More here.

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How do you make a rat laugh? Tickle it, of course.

More here.

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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 seas.

What else does “This Week In Science History” hold? Click here for all the landmark events.

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"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 Tumblr.

Oh, and this is a pretty good example of what women in science look like, too.

Do you think the video is sexist? Tweet us your thoughts @HuffPostScience. We’re collecting user reactions for a slideshow, and yours may be featured.

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Hamlet may have been able to see through a fake smile, but it’s hard for most of us. People smile out of politeness, awkwardness or frustration, so how can we tell if a smile is real?

One project at MIT’s celebrated Media Lab aims to do just that. It began by trying to “zoom into different kinds of smiles and deconstruct them into low level facial features, and then we wondered whether it’s possible to train a computer to recognize some of the smiles automatically,” said M. Ehsan Hoque, a research assistant at the lab.

Read the full article here. 

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Talk Nerdy To Me: How We Know This Never Happened

The Earth is 4.54 billion years old; 3.8 billion years ago, the very first life form came into existence; 225 million years ago, dinosaurs came on the scene; and man took his first steps in Africa 200,000 years ago. How do we know this to be true?


Watch the video/read the full transcript here.

#science  #carbon dating  #evolution  #dinosaurs  #talk nerdy to me  #huffpost science  #the huffington post  #cara santa maria  

TONIGHT: How To See Moon’s Dark Side

Skywatchers, take note: Tonight (May 23) and tomorrow night will offer excellent opportunities to observe the so-called “dark side” of the moon.

The new moon occurred on Sunday evening (May 20), marked by an annular eclipse of the sun as the moon passed in front of it. The moon has now moved to the east of the sun, but is still mostly lit from behind. Only a slim crescent on the moon’s east side is in full sunlight.

Read the full article here.

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Beam Me Up, Scotty

Scotty has finally been beamed up. The ashes of the actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the 1960s television series “Star Trek,” were launched to space this morning (May 22) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The unmanned Falcon 9 blasted off at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT) from here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the Dragon capsule filled with cargo bound for the International Space Station. Also packed aboard the rocket was a secondary payload carrying remains from 308 people, including Doohan and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper, according to ABC News and Reuters.

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Talk Nerdy To Me: A real-life corpse reanimator?

Giovanni Aldini may not be a household name, but his contributions to science cannot be ignored. Neither can his macabre demonstrations of the power of electricity on the human body. Aldini was a real-life “mad scientist,” and it’s rumored that Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was based on his life.

Click here to watch the video:

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Here, have a blue iceberg. You’re welcome.

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Hey, Supermoon haters! 

Hey, Supermoon haters

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