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MythBuster Kari Byron helping White House tout science

Among the geek-girls set, there are few bigger stars than MythBuster Kari Byron. So when the White House was looking for someone to help promote its fourth-annual science fair, dedicated this year to getting girls excited about science, technology, engineering, and math, Byron was a perfect partner.<p>…

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This week in science: Kepler bags the Holy Grail

"Lycoris," a hypothetical illustration of the surface of Kwepler 186f by Karen Wehrstein. Click image for detailed description.<p>If you haven't heard …

VideoScience app review

Introduction<p>Do you have a love of science? If not you, maybe your kids? If the answer is yes to either or both of these, then the VideoScience app …

Americans Are Really, Really Bad at Answering Questions About Science

According to a recent study, 1 in 4 Americans believes the sun revolves around the Earth. (If you are one of those people: sorry, that is …

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John Kerry urges climate action in Indonesia address

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1053000/1053437_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524628639_b0f3e1b9b7e78d7b8d69e6d4645fb8ca<p><b>US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the global community to act against climate change in a keynote speech during a visit to Indonesia.</b><p>He said …

Our Children Should Not Have to Choose Between Science and Faith

For decades, belief in evolution has skewed along faith lines, with evangelical Christians as doubters on one side and agnostics and atheists as believers on the other. Now, according to a poll released by the Pew Research Center, the divide is skewed by politics as well. Republicans have become …

Science Weekly podcast: Bringing the sun down to Earth

Presented by Kevin Fong and produced by Jason Phipps

Science, Religion, and the Big Bang: An Animated Clarifier

The friction between science and religion stretches back millennia and has been addressed by some of humanity’s greatest minds. <b>Galileo</b> paid a high price for his dissenting opinions. <b>Richard Feynman</b> channeled his views in an ode to the universe, while <b>Albert Einstein</b> articulated his beautifully in a …

2013 was a good year for climate science, but a mixed bag for climate policy

As 2013 comes to a close, a review of the key climate events of the year reveals some interesting new research and effective myth debunking, but little net progress in terms of addressing the problem through policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.<p>Beginning with the good news, the myth of the …

Space Science Stories to Watch in 2014

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “May you live in interesting times,” and 2013 certainly fit the bill in the world of spaceflight and space …

Bill Nye wants to save the planet from asteroids, wage war on anti-science politics

The Science Behind the Polar Vortex

A dangerously cold Arctic air mass is shutting down schools in Minnesota, grounding thousands of flights, and prompting Indiana to declare a state of emergency in 25 counties. So what exactly is a polar vortex?<p><b>A dangerously cold Arctic air mass is</b> ravaging the Midwest, ushering in the coldest …

Dear Hysterical Liberals: Hectoring Hurts Science

Like Andrew Walker, below, I read Charles Blow’s hysterical column in the <i>New York Times</i> and found it, well, fascinating. Like much of modern debate …

Record freeze extends to eastern United States, at least eight dead

NEW YORK/MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States on Tuesday, snarling air, road and rail travel, driving energy prices higher and overwhelming shelters for homeless people.<p>At least eight deaths have been …

10 ways to differentiate learning…

Once upon a time in the olden days, the teacher stood out front and taught the whole class the same material in the same way. Everyone was expected …

5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students

<b>How Can We Help Every Student Tap Their Inner Genius?</b><p>by <b>Zacc Dukowitz</b>, Learnbop.com<p>When we hear the word genius, certain people come immediately to …

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.<p><b>Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night?</b> …

How to Ignite Intellectual Curiosity in Students

• Is the classroom a bright, cheery, and inviting place?<br>• In the design of our lessons, do we purposefully try to engage as many senses as possible?<br>• As we …

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

More than any other academic disciplines, science and math draw their meaning by relating to life in the “real” world outside the classroom. They …

Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

Rain is so important in Malawi's agriculture-based economy that there are names for different kinds of it, from the brief bursts of early fall to heavier downpours called <i>mvula yodzalira</i>, literally "planting rain." For generations, rainfall patterns here in the southeast part of Africa have been …

Top Climatologist Slams Science Magazine For Getting The Extreme Weather Story Very Wrong

Climate change makes a variety of extreme weather events more likely and more intense, including heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and superstorms. A …

How Much Science Data Has The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Sent To Earth?

Imagine being able to watch three months’ worth of high-definition space video sequentially — maybe real-time coverage on the International Space …

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah | Hulu

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah is currently unavailable to stream on-demand, but may be available on Hulu with Live TV depending on regional …