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Dr. Tae, the skateboarding physicist, "Can Skateboarding Save Our Schools?" (Did I mention he’s a physicist AND a sk8r?)

Sir Ken Robinson’s “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” A stand-up set on education.

El Niño is nothing new for fishers. Long before it was being used as evidence of climate change, fisheries management experts knew they would have to adjust, just like they will have to adjust this year.

A new study shows how smart fisheries management overcame expected detrimental effects of coral reef fisheries impacted by the 1997/98 El Niño.



Capturing an asteroid. Credit: NASA

By Monica Grady, The Open University


Credit: Khairil Zhafri, CC BY

By Anita Collins, University of Canberra


Science can't tell us exactly when the rising oceans will swallow up the Maldives, but it can give us a good idea. Credit: Hiroyuki-H, CC BY-SA

By Richard Pancost, University of Bristol and Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol


Not enough tobacco company money is going into public health campaigns. Credit: REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

By Nicholas Freudenberg, City University of New York

The #20 Million Memorial created earlier this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control, is an online tribute to honor the 20 million spouses, mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, and friends who have died of tobacco-related diseases since 1964.

Eliminating subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people purchase coverage through government-run health insurance marketplaces would sharply boost costs for consumers and cause more than 11 million Americans to lose their health insurance, according to a new paper by the section of the RAND Corporation devoted to nationalizing health care.


Are awards and prizes in science a good thing or do they reward a tiny subpopulation of individuals at the expense of the community? 

On the whole I believe that the giving of awards is a positive thing for the scientific world. They draw attention to individuals that make a disproportionate positive difference. 

Credit: EPA

By Uli Beisel, Bayreuth University

Despite it being nearly six months after the Ebola outbreak was confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), we are still hearing stories of severe shortage of gloves in health facilities in West Africa. Many nurses have been asked to reuse them or merely rub their hands with chlorine after consultations.


If you've ever felt as though professors treat you with less than respect, you're probably not alone. Credit: Flickr, CC BY-SA

By Brian Martin, University of Wollongong and Majken Jul Sørensen, University of Wollongong

A female engineering student walked into her first lab class. One of the male students said, “The cookery class is in another room.”