HuffPost Launches New Science Section

It just wouldn’t be Thursday if The Huffington Post didn’t announce the launch of a new section. This time the latest addition to the HuffPost lineup is Huffpost Science: “a one-stop shop for the latest scientific news and opinion, [f]rom the farthest reaches of space to the tiniest cells inside our bodies,” according to Arianna Huffington, in a lengthy personalized introduction to the site.

David Freeman, whose previous gig was at CBSNews.com, will be editing the section.

Huffington’s full ode to science and her new site posted in full after the jump.

I’m delighted to announce the launch of our newest section, HuffPost Science, a one-stop shop for the latest scientific news and opinion. From the farthest reaches of space to the tiniest cells inside our bodies, HuffPost Science will report on the world’s greatest mysteries, most cutting-edge discoveries, and most thought-provoking ideas.

The section will also be home to a robust debate on issues great and small — from the Big Questions of our time (are we alone in the universe?), to quirky, fun ones (will they ever create a pill that will let me eat all the pistachio ice cream I want and not gain weight?) There’s no better time than now to launch a venue that explores these questions, given the explosion of truly medieval thinking in our world — and not just on the fringes. It’s a world in which we have senators and presidential candidates who don’t believe in evolution and who think that global warming is a myth. A world in which politicians don’t just have their own set of ideas but their own set of facts.

Science is a subject that has fascinated me for years. I remember, in the mid-70s, being taken by Bernard Levin to meet Arthur Koestler at his flat in London. I had just read his book, The Act of Creation, on the inspirations that propelled great scientists. Koestler, who described scientists as Peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity, talked about scientific equations with the ease most of us discuss what we had for dinner (or, if you are a HuffPost regular, the Iowa results). I still remember his lyrical analysis of Einstein’s breakthrough equation, E=mc2. The equation’s assurance that nothing in the universe is unrelated to anything else had a real emotional impact on him — as it soon did on me. An emotional impact not usually associated with scientific equations.

It’s the sense of wonder we so often see in our children. I still recall lying on the grass with my then four and two-year-old daughters one night outside our home in Santa Barbara, and Christina looking out into the night sky and asking, “Mommy, what makes it go?” That sense of wonder will be at the core of HuffPost Science. We will explore timeless questions and we will allow our minds to be blown by what is mind-blowing and awe-inspiring.

In keeping with the E=mc2 rule that nothing is unrelated, much of HuffPost Science’s coverage will take a scientific look at stories that cross over into our other sections — from Technology, Green, and Health to Politics, Business, and Sports. You’ll not only find the latest news about robots, computers and space travel, but will also encounter offbeat musings on topics you might not immediately associate with scientific exploration, like romantic love, war, or football.

I’m particularly looking forward to HuffPost Science’s coverage of one of my longtime passions: the intersection of science and religion, two fields often seen as contradictory — or at least presented that way by those waging The War on Science. A key part of HuffPost Science’s mission will be to cut through the divisions that have resulted from that false war.