A look at Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

The Science Channel unveiled its new season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The popular show’s fifth season will offer eight episodes, researching answers to topics ranging from “Is Poverty Genetic?” to “Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?” The thought-provoking show has busted ratings records for the network and also garnered an Emmy-nod.

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Not conventional TV

One of the goals of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on the Science Channel is to ask and answer the questions that stump or puzzle most of us. Read more

How net neutrality, John Oliver crashed FCC website

Although the Internet has really only been a part of our lives for the last 25 years, it is hard to remember a time when it wasn’t ubiquitous and available to all. A debate is raging, however, over net neutrality which would allow Internet Service Providers to dramatically change the quality and price of access to the Web.

The result of comedian John Oliver telling Internet trolls to comment on net neutrality directly to the FCC. (Credit: twitter.com/fcc)

The result of comedian John Oliver telling Internet trolls to comment on net neutrality directly to the FCC. (Credit: twitter.com/fcc)

The host of the HBO series, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” John Oliver asked on the June 1, 2014, show for viewers to contact the FCC website to protest any changes in net neutrality. They did so in droves, causing the site to crash. Read more

Hero Cat Tara to the rescue!

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Tara, the hero cat, threw out the first pitch at a minor league ball game in Bakersfield, California. This is just one of many honors accorded to the cat who saved her owner’s child from a dog attack.

Hero cat Tara and her owner's son, whom she saved from a dog attack. (Credit: ABC)

Hero cat Tara and her owner’s son, whom she saved from a dog attack. (Credit: ABC)

Cat facts show that Tara is not the first cat to protect her owner from danger. Unlike the stereotype of cats as aloof and uninterested in humans, cats actually have many layers of emotion and caring. You just have to know how to read them. Read more

42,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth found

Make way for the woolly mammoth clone! At least, that’s what some are saying in response to the discovery of the 42,000 year old, mummified baby woolly mammoth currently on display at London’s Natural History Museum.

The world's most complete woolly mammoth is now on display at London's Natural History Museum. (Credit: Getty Images)

The world’s most complete woolly mammoth is now on display at London’s Natural History Museum. (Credit: Getty Images)

The ice age relic was discovered in the Yamal Peninsula and has grabbed worldwide media attention, in part because it is a great find, and in part because of the fascination people continue to have with the woolly mammoth. “We are drawn to vanished and mythical creatures,” Richard Stone wrote in his book Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant. Read more

Meet Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever

Move over T. Rex, there’s a new big, bad dinosaur in town: the Titanosaur. The latest paleontology news is about the remains of this enormous animal. The fossils found are just the most recent new dinosaur discovery to gain attention. What will these recently uncovered dinosaur fossils reveal about the giant beasts and their time on our planet?

Paleontologist Diego Pol lying next to the thigh bone of a Titanosaur in the Argentina dig. (Credit: CBSNews.com)

Paleontologist Diego Pol lying next to the thigh bone of a Titanosaur in the Argentina dig. (Credit: CBSNews.com)

Titanosaur is a colossal creature

The new dinosaur discovery of the Titanosaur dates back about 95 million years to the late Mesozoic Era. Read more

Women in STEM fields: Academics and mentoring

The percentage of women studying STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) in colleges is low—just 19 percent. STEM is often seen in academics as a boy’s club, and many colleges are having trouble attracting and retaining women in science and technology. Here are some ways colleges are encouraging women to study STEM and how an effective and sympathetic mentor can help them graduate.

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

Women underrepresented in STEM

Although women lead men in college enrollment and graduation rates, men still vastly outnumber women in the number of graduates in STEM fields. Read more

U.S. climate change report revealed by National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the effects of global warming and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

New data from the National Climate Assessment shows climate change that is human-driven. (Credit: Global Change)

New data from the National Climate Assessment shows climate change that is human-driven. (Credit: Global Change)

Climate change news

The continuing debate on whether human activity is driving climate change just received a shot of new data with the release of the National Climate Assessment report. Read more

“The Real History of Science Fiction” as a research paper topic

Science fiction plays an important role in modern culture and aspirations for the future. Once considered just a genre for adolescent boys, sci-fi is true literary fiction, television and film that lets all of us ask “What if?” It reflects our societal worries and fears, it lets us dream of wonderful science and technology-filled futures and it creates cautionary tales of disaster if we don’t change our selfish ways. The cable channel BBC America is airing a four-part documentary series “The Real History of Science Fiction.” The show offers good research paper topics; follow along to learn about science fiction’s history, legacy, and cultural influences.

The cast of BBC America's "The Real History of Science Fiction." (Credit: Matthew Jackson)

The cast of BBC America’s “The Real History of Science Fiction.” (Credit: Matthew Jackson)

The show’s four episodes are dedicated to space, time travel, alien invasions, and robots and cyborgs. Read more

What you should know about the IPCC report on climate change

Many may not even be aware that the latest U.N. report on climate change exists, much less that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report issued some serious and scary issues for the future of the planet. The IPCC report on climate change is something that more should be paying attention to and researching in terms of ways we can solve the problems it raises for the future health of our planet.

The reports behind climate change show concern for the future of our world. (Credit: Ian McPherson)

The reports behind climate change show concern for the future of our world. (Credit: Ian McPherson)

Key takeaways on climate change

Not interested in delving into the volumes of research necessary to understand what the IPCC report on climate change is saying? Read more

Disneynature Bears movie celebrates Earth Day

Once again Earth Day is upon us and, once again, Disneynature chooses to honor the occasion with the release of a nature documentary, the Bears movie. While Earth Day activities like watching the Disneynature Bears movie are one way to mark the occasion and celebrate Mother Nature, on what is basically her worldwide holiday, do these anthropomorphized tales of animals actually increase interest and research on Earth Day and the environment? And what are some other ways to celebrate Mother Nature?

Disneynature's Bears movie illustrates the importance of Earth Day and Mother Nature. (Credit: Toni Spilsbury)

Disneynature’s Bears movie illustrates the importance of Earth Day and Mother Nature. (Credit: Toni Spilsbury)

Earth Day via Bears movie

If you prefer to experience Mother Nature indoors, then the Bears movie from Disneynature may be right for you. The nature documentary tells of a new mother bear and her two cubs. Read more