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The challenges of objectivity: lessons from anatomy.

In the last post, we talked about objectivity as a scientific ideal aimed at building a reliable picture of what the world is actually like . We also noted that this goal travels closely with the notion of objectivity as what anyone applying the appropriate methodology could see .

March 1, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

The Messy (and Risky) Ways That Governments Try to Manage Risks

The very concept of risk is tricky. To you and me, it means pretty much what the dictionary says…the probability that something bad might happen. And to us, the part of that definition that most influences how worried a risk makes us feel is the subjective ‘bad’ part, more than the objectively quantifiable likelihood.

March 1, 2013 — David Ropeik

The Taxonomy of Wonder

Wonder and amazement at the natural world inspire many blog posts, projects, and even careers in science, but it's rare that you'll see wonder break through the soul-crushing passive voice of the scientific literature.

March 1, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

Having Fun with the 4-Color Theorem

A four-coloring of most of Europe. The 4-color theorem is fairly famous in mathematics for a couple of reasons. First, it is easy to understand: any reasonable map on a plane or a sphere (in other words, any map of our world) can be colored in with four distinct colors, so that no two neighboring countries share a color.Second, computers were instrumental in the proof of the four-color theorem.

March 1, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Khalil s Picks (1 March 2013)

From a personal essay about interacting with people who have auditory hallucinations, to mosquito males mating with females from other species. Plus “neurosexism,” the possibility of maths killing computers and Spider-Man.

STAFFMarch 1, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Good news about sharing scientific research

Last week, the Obama administration issued a directive declaring that scientists have to share the results of their taxpayer funded research. I was happy to hear this, as I have always been a big advocate of sharing (well, my little sister might disagree with the "always" part, but you know what i mean).

February 28, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger

Math Warriors: Season 3

Have you ever watched "Mean Girls"? It's one of the movies before Lindsey Lohan really began to let her career slip. She plays Cady, a smart girl, homeschooled by her parents as they lived in Africa until her high school years, where, desperate to fit in AND to "get the guy", she dumbs down her math ability.

February 28, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

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