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11 Science Fiction Books That Are Regularly Taught in College Classes

We all learn a lot from reading science fiction books—not just the cool ideas, but also the fascinating thought experiments. But college professors often reach for classic science fiction when they’re planning classes on literature, society or philosophy. Here are 11 science fiction books that are often taught in… » 7/10/15 10:00am 7/10/15 10:00am

What You Probably Don't Know About the Most Famous Case in Neuroscience

In 1845, a meter-long iron rod pierced the skull of Vermont railway worker Phineas Gage. The resulting changes to his personality forever changed our perception of the human brain. But what happened next to Gage is rarely covered in textbooks — a problematic oversight, say psychologists.
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NOVA's Evolution Lab is an Interactive, Guided Tour of The Tree of Life

If you’re interested in biology, or are just curious what humans have in common with a mushroom, or how a bacteria could possibly be related to dinosaurs, the NOVA Evolution Lab is a crash course. You’ll learn how living things are related, what DNA is and how it works, and hear from biologists working in the field. » 5/09/15 5:30pm 5/09/15 5:30pm

This Thesis Defense Was Livestreamed From In The Pacific Ocean

Today, Mike Irvine defended his thesis in a pinstripe suit and scuba gear underwater from a dive site in the Pacific Ocean. With his committee connected by a livestreamed teleconference, the first submarine defense was a proof-of-concept for his research on how marine web cameras are impacting ocean education. » 4/21/15 12:40pm 4/21/15 12:40pm

UMass Has Banned Iranian Students from Engineering and Science Programs (UPDATED)

Starting this month, the venerable University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer allow Iranian nationals to matriculate as graduate students in many of its programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including physics and electrical/computer engineering. » 2/17/15 3:30pm 2/17/15 3:30pm

Hero Teacher, Banned From Demoing Condom-Use, Demos 'Sock-Use' Instead

Mississippi boasts some of the highest rates of teen childbirth and young-adult HIV in the United States. It also prohibits "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." What's a responsible sex educator to do? Why, demonstrate how to properly apply a sock, of course! » 1/23/15 4:28pm 1/23/15 4:28pm

Experiments in Education: Kicking Off A Semester of Active Learning

We have entire education systems set up to transition novices to experts, but do they work? Research repeatedly establishes that traditional university lectures are ineffective, and that active learning is a far more reliable alternative. I'm going to experiment on my students and see how it works. » 1/16/15 10:39am 1/16/15 10:39am

Judge Dismisses Creationist Lawsuit Against School Science Standards

In September, a Kansas group filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state from adopting new science guidelines, saying it was an attempt to indoctrinate students into a "non-theistic worldview." But a federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that it failed to sufficiently demonstrate any specific injuries. » 12/09/14 12:14pm 12/09/14 12:14pm

Behind the Campaign To Purge Textbooks of "Pro-Muslim Bias" in Texas

Science groups have been working to prevent the Texas State Board of Education from adopting controversial textbooks that misrepresent climate change. But now another organization has joined the fray, demanding extensive edits in science, geography and history textbooks to purge them of "pro-Muslim" bias. » 11/12/14 3:20pm 11/12/14 3:20pm