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Does Free Will Exist?

A growing group of neuroscientists and philosophers hold that free will is an illusion.  More...
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The Science of Grieving

The subject of death and dying, although commonplace and part of the life cycle, is often difficult to think or talk about, especially when it happens close to you. Historically, care for the dead was done by one's own family or community members. In our current culture, the process of dealing with corpses is more removed and sterile. How has that changed the grieving process?    More...
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The Perception and Measure of Time

How do we perceive time? What means have we devised to measure it?  More...
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Genetic Impact of the Black Death

Researchers studying the Black Death of the 14th century have found evidence that the plague caused Medieval Europeans to evolve.  More...
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Buzzing about Bees

Honey bees have been in the headlines recently with stories about colony collapse and crop failures due to lack of pollination. The mystery of their decline has even seeped into popular culture, receiving several mentions on the BBC show Doctor Who. What causes this alarming collapse, and is it too late to save the humble bee?    More...
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Cosmos Reborn

Fox and National Geographic recently launched a sequel series to Carl Sagan's classic "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," a beloved mini-series that took viewers on a fantastic journey through space and time, back to the very beginning of the universe.  More...
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DARPA Robotics Challenge

 A military-funded competition encourages the creation of advanced robots for use in dangerous scenarios.  More...
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Pondering the Importance of Light

One need not look far for a reminder of how useful light is in everyday life. Headlights, streetlights and traffic lights make our daily travels safer, the lights at home and work allow us to be functional well after dark. There is so much more to light than meets the eye.   More...
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What is the Origin of that Doggie in the Window?

 Recent research sheds light on the origin of the domestic dog.  More...
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Research Guide for the Physical Sciences

The physical sciences cover such broad topics as chemistry, earth science, physics and the weather.  More...
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Exploring the Atmosphere of Mars

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 marks the launch of NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars.  MAVEN will orbit Mars, exploring its upper atmosphere and ionosphere in an attempt to understand how solar exposure may have affected the habitability of the planet.  More...
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The Revolutionary History of DNA

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid by Dr. James D Watson and Professor Francis Crick. The mysterious substance known affectionately as DNA plays a key role in everything from archaeology to zoology to genealogy.   More...
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Research Guide for Biology and Environmental Science

 Biology and Environmental Science cover a wide range of subtopics.   More...
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Endangered Species

Does your heart melt every time you think about the possibility of pandas, gorillas, or dolphins becoming extinct?  More...
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Pi Day Is Almost Here!

Math teachers everywhere are rejoicing because their favorite math holiday is almost here!  More...

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