Science & Society

Having your child bullied at school is one of the greatest fears of parents – and research shows this fear is well founded. School bullying has been described as the single most important threat to the mental health of children and adolescents.

If you to make new friends and get people to open up to you, make them laugh. 

Laughter makes people more willing to talk about personal details, without being aware that they are doing so. The act of verbally opening up to someone is a crucial building block that helps to form new relationships and intensify social bonds. Such self-disclosure can be of a highly sensitive nature - like sharing one's religious convictions or personal fears - or a superficial tidbit such as one's favorite type of food. 
Sometimes science is the only witness to a crime.

Fortunately, the application of scientific evidence in criminal proceedings has grown in proportion to the availability of cutting-edge methods and technologies that can produce answers to critical questions related to guilt or innocence.

Scientific evidence, of course, is a good thing, provided that our courts do their due diligence to ensure that the testimony of expert witnesses and the observations, data, and interpretations upon which they are based are reasonably valid.

Truth be told, me and my American peers were overwhelmed, overpowered, and outclassed during our first year as physics PhD students in Houston, Texas. But then we hadn't been through the intense, government sponsored “Pass the Test” coaching of our Chinese counterparts. The Chinese rip off our graduate exams, turn them in Test Drill Books, and then drill them into elite students before sending them off to US universities. Here’s an example of one of their ringer courses:

And it goes on and on:

Sometimes popular concepts catch fire with the public for no reason, even when they are shown to be incorrect - virtual water, a gallon of gas to create a pound of beef, you didn't build that - but usually those fade with time.

Not the Drake Equation, which sought to parameterize what other life may be out there.

Ritalin, Adderall and their ilk are Schedule II controlled substances - the same as cocaine and methamphetamine - but they are widely available on college campuses, thanks to the ADHD diagnosis craze that made prescriptions easy to get and prevalent starting in the 1990s.

As a result, a lot of students are abusing the drugs. How many? 17 percent of all college students, according to a recent literature review. 
One of the big topics in the science world is always how to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) more exciting.

It may not always seem like it because, let's face it, we love STEM and it's baffling that people would want to do anything else, but not everyone graduates from high school wanting to pursue it, even though they might have when they were younger.

By Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University

When I was an awkward teenager who did not fit in with the other kids, the logical Mr. Spock was a character I could really identify with. At this time, I did not know why I related to Spock because when I was a teenager, I did not know that my thinking process was different from that of most other people. I assumed that my logical picture-based thinking was the way that everybody thought.

Not many people would know the peculiar vocabulary used to evaluate scientists.

H index’, ‘impact factor’ and ‘citation number’ are some of the snazzy phrases that are now ubiquitous in the world of science. Not all scientific papers are born equal - some are ground-breaking, while most are an incremental advance – and these scales have been developed to help determine the ‘impact’ of the scientific articles that are published.