Ellie Francis

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Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art

While putting together the annual omnibus of the year’s best children’s books, I was reminded of how woefully rare inspired children’s books about science are in our culture — as rare, perhaps, as are homages to pioneering female scientists and celebrations of the intersection of art and science. …

Billionaire Forbes puts Napoleon III art collection up for auction

American publisher Christopher Forbes has brought his Napoleon III collection of 2,000 art objects back to Paris for auction. It has allowed the …

FDA approves St. Jude's brain implant for Parkinson's disease | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it approved a brain implant from St. Jude Medical Inc that helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a neurological disorder that causes rhythmic shaking.<p>The device, Brio Neurostimulation System, is an implantable small …

The mental illness myth: People like me aren’t the cause of America’s mass shooting epidemic

I am a 35-year-old white female. I am a single mother in New York City. And I am living with panic disorder and depression—both, according to the <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders</i>—are considered mental illnesses. So, to clarify, I am a person living with mental illness in the US, …

Warming up to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”: What my mother taught me about the guy who wrote the “date-rape” Christmas song

Frank Loesser’s Christmas song sounds creepy to our ears — but his life and work showed a man ahead of his time<p>I brace myself for it every year.<p>Come December, before the first snowfall, we’ll see a flurry of articles about “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” now often called the “date-rape song.” We'll read …

Former Virginia governor found guilty in influence-peddling case

A former rising star in the Republican Party, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was red-faced and sobbing Thursday after a jury convicted him and his wife on multiple counts related to influence-peddling while he was in office.<p>After more than a month of sometimes soul-baring testimony, the federal …

Can Science Show Us Secrets Of Making Better Decisions?

Day in and day out, we make decisions--some tough, some trivial, some good, some bad. And as Yale University neurobiologist Dr. Daeyeol Lee told The Huffington Post in an email, "poor decision-making in many domains, including finance, family, and health can all dramatically affect our …

A perfectly normal psychological effect is messing with your perception of the world

Why do we endure hard breakups just to think fondly of them later?<p>And why do we loathe serial killers but revere Al Capone?<p>The answer to all those questions is a built-in mechanism of the mind called "psychological distance."<p>Normally, adults can do a reasonably good job of putting themselves inside …