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Science Matters-Science valid, even when unpopular

Sadly, science is coming under increasing attack from those who would like the world to be different from what science demonstrates it to be. In doing so, critics attempt to turn one of science's greatest assets into a liability.

Science Matters-SCIENCE MATTERS - Scientific principles explain stability of universe

From the perspective of the very short recorded history of humankind, the world we live in seems pretty stable. Our experience is of a physical existence having constancy and predictability. Why this rather than a universe ruled by wild, chaotic, unpredic

Science Matters-Ecosystems complex, magical webs

We are often reminded of damage we inflict on various ecosystems. Just what are ecosystems?

Science Matters-SCIENCE MATTERS - Science built on observation and experiments

Science is built on experiment and critical observation. Any hypothesis worthy of consideration must allow for, or propose, tests for its validation.However, before investing huge amounts of time and resources on actual, physical experiments, in many inst

Science Matters-Thermodynamics law a window into matter, time

The development of steam engines during the industrial revolution went hand-in-hand with formulation of one of the most powerful laws of physics. The second law of thermodynamics provides insight into everything from the workings of refrigeration systems

Science Matters-Mammals owe origins to reptilian ancestors

Nearly anywhere on Earth you'll find mammals.

Science Matters-Is there anybody out there? We'll almost certainly never know

The possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe has intrigued humans since they first became aware of the vastness of space. Sadly, for science fiction romantics, it is unlikely we will ever have direct evidence we are not alone.

Science Matters-SCIENCE MATTERS - Public must understand nature of energy sources

How energy needs are met in the future will determine the health of our economy and quality of life for generations to come. Understanding the basics can help in understanding issues surrounding energy generation and the consequences of poor choices.There

Science Matters-Scientific terms should be used properly, but oftentimes aren't

Many scientific terms are also used to describe everyday experiences. In doing so the scientific meaning of those words is often lost or distorted.

Science Matters-SCIENCE MATTERS - 'Theory' has specific meaning

It's no wonder the public is confused and often misled about the use of the word "theory" in science. Its meaning to the scientific community is significantly different from its colloquial usage.I recently witnessed this disparity while watching a detecti

Science Matters-Laws can help sort order from chaos

'Laws" have all kinds of implications. They're onerous if they represent seemingly arbitrary restrictions. They're unfair if not equally applied. They're an imposition if enforced by a capricious authority.

Science Matters-SCIENCE MATTERS - Rapid progress hallmark of our ancestors

When did human ancestors begin leaving Africa and why did it take them so long to start?

Science Matters-Road to bipedalism, tool use long, twisty

When did human ancestors begin to use tools? It is important to first understand a pitfall in thinking about how human traits were acquired. The problem arises from statements such as, "Walking upright on two legs (being bipedal) freed up the hands of hom

Science Matters-Lineage shows progression toward humanity

How did the lineage of extinct human ancestors change over the course of millions of years? What changes made our predecessors more humanlike? When did those changes occur and why?

Science Matters-Human origins far from simple

Understanding human origins is difficult for a number of reasons. Foremost, among them being the bewildering array of fossils that have been discovered and to which, it seems, specimens are continually being added.