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Beautiful Minds

Profiling Serial Creators


Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds. These budding innovators may differ drastically in what particular domain captivates their attention, whether it’s science and engineering, architecture and design, arts, music and entertainment, business and finance, law, or health care. Nevertheless, as Richard Florida [...]

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Bering in Mind

Sex, Sleep and the Law: When Nocturnal Genitals Pose a Moral Dilemma

It may seem to you that, much like their barnyard animal namesake, men’s reproductive organs the world over participate in a mindless synchrony of stiffened salutes to the rising sun. In fact, however, such "morning wood" is an autonomic leftover from a series of nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) episodes that occur like clockwork during the [...]

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Doing Good Science

Health care provider and patient/client: situations in which fulfilling your ethical duties might not be a no-brainer.


Thanks in no small part to the invitation of the fantastic Doctor Zen, I was honored this past week to be a participant in the PACE 3rd Annual Biomedical Ethics Conference. The conference brought together an eclectic mix of people who care about bioethics: nurses, counselors, physicians, physicians’ assistants, lawyers, philosophers, scientists, students, professors, and [...]

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Who Owns Outer Space? [Video]

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With the exception of international waters, unclaimed portions of Antarctica and a Hong Kong-sized parcel of land wedged between Egypt and Sudan, nearly every square inch of planet Earth has been claimed by a governing body. That leaves would-be colonists and conquerors with only one place to look: skyward. Although a 1967 United Nations treaty [...]

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Editorial: Chief Justices Should Not Allow DNA Collection During an Arrest Booking

  The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments this week about whether law enforcement officials have a constitutional right to collect DNA after an arrest and before a person has been convicted of a crime. The argument in favor of this practice holds that it is no different than fingerprinting during a booking procedure. [...]

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Medicaid Decision Could Further Fragment Health Care

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If I had to sum up everything that is wrong with the US health care system in one-word sound bites, I would start with “fragmentation.” There are just too many ways for patients to fall through the cracks.* Last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court upholding the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does [...]

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Care to Wager on the Supreme Court’s ACA Ruling?

Some people can’t wait for the U.S. Supreme Court announcement of its ruling on the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act (aka health care reform law), so they are betting on the outcome. Intrade, a popular online trading exchange, provides a platform for people to wager on whether or not future events will happen. More than [...]

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Science with Moxie

Tonight is the premiere of PBS’ Brains on Trial

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If you are interested in the intersection of neuroscience and the law, tune into your local PBS station tonight at 10 pm (Eastern time, check local listings) to see the first episode in a new two-part series, Brains on Trial. The first episode takes us to the real-life New York Southern District courtroom of Judge [...]

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Copyright Crash-Course for Visual Artists


Understanding copyright law is essential for visual artists. At the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s conference last week in Boulder, CO Viva Moffat ran a workshop on contracts and copyright which was packed to the gills. Moffat is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of [...]

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