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Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest about the state of industry-sponsored research and how it might influence medical and policy advice.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association's Internal …

Conflicts of Interest

Human Chimera Research's Huge (and Thorny) Potential

It is striking just how little we know about human development, especially given we are now decades into the modern era of biology. How is it …

New Research Says There Are 4 Basic Types of People. Which One Are You?

According to a recent study, 90 percent of us are either optimistic, pessimistic, trusting, or envious. Guess which group was the biggest.<p>How trustworthy are people? How far do we trust one another?<p>That's what researchers set out to discover. In a recently published study, scientists from a number …

Psychology

Scientists published climate research under fake names. Then they were caught.

The scientists briefly known as Den Volokin and Lark ReLlez thought they had found something big.<p>It was not data wrung from a clever experiment or a lucky field observation. Instead, the pair had constructed a model, a mathematical argument, for calculating the average surface temperature of a …

Climate Change

Cancer Research Aided by NASA's Space Exploration

Advanced cancer research is calling on techniques used by NASA scientists who analyze satellite imagery to find commonalities among stars, planets …

Cancer

Pluto is apparently emitting X-rays and that has us questioning everything again

Pluto, everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, is acting a little strange and may once again be challenging our current understanding of the solar system. …

Astronomy

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The Root of Gravity

<b>Q:</b> <i>Are we any closer to understanding the root cause of gravity between objects with mass? Can we use our newly discovered knowledge of the Higgs</i> …

Physics

Top 20+ Smartest People Who Ever Lived

Making a list of the smartest people who ever lived may not be a smart thing to do. After all, intelligence can be measured in a variety of different …

No, Black Holes Can't 'Burp.' But What They Do Instead Is Important

For something that is in some ways nothing, black holes sure get a lot of attention. The infinitely dense remains of collapsed stars, black holes …

Black Holes

Cosmic Certainties

Many physicists believe that basic constituents of the world are tiny strings, vibrating in a slew of dimensions. The author doesn’t buy it.<p>Physics has been at an awkward impasse for the past century. Two theories—quantum mechanics and general relativity—are widely believed to be true. Both have …

Physics

The Strange Second Life of String Theory

The theory failed to unite gravity and quantum mechanics. But it still has become one of the most useful tools in science.<p>String theory strutted onto the scene some 30 years ago as perfection itself, a promise of elegant simplicity that would solve knotty problems in fundamental physics—including …

Quantum Mechanics

Nuclear Binding Near a Quantum Phase Transition

Author(s): Serdar Elhatisari, Ning Li, Alexander Rokash, Jose Manuel Alarcón, Dechuan Du, Nico Klein, Bing-nan Lu, Ulf-G. Meißner, Evgeny Epelbaum, …

Particles

What is Einstein's theory of relativity?

Albert Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity rule the field of classical physics.<p>Their effects can be seen in our everyday lives and …

Physics