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6 Warning Signs That a Scientific Study is Bogus

The power of peer review, correlation vs. causation, and more ways to tell that a study isn't what it appears to be.<p><b>Was the Paper Published in a Peer-Reviewed Journal?</b><p>"If it wasn't, you have no reason to trust it," says Ivan Oransky, former executive editor at Reuters and cofounder of the blog …

5 Sky Events This Week: Lunar Wall, Mars Up-Close, and a Blue Giant

Changing Planet<p>This composite illustration shows Neptune as seen from its moon Triton. Neptune’s south pole is to the left; clearly visible in the planet’s southern hemisphere is the Great Dark Spot. Credit: NASA<p><b>Fantastic fault lines and planetary close encounters this week offer sky-watchers some</b> …

Inside The Largest Simulation Of The Universe Ever Created

A giant supercomputer is making massively detailed models of the cosmos.<p>Imagine being asked to solve a complex algebra problem that is roughly 95 percent variables and only five percent known values. This is a rough analogy perhaps, but it paints a fairly accurate picture of the task faced by …

'Titanfall' Is The Most Addictive Game Ever

Here's why<p>On March 11, Electronic Arts will release <i>Titanfall</i> (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC; $60), an online first-person shooter that promises to reinvent shooting-your-friends-in-the-face technology. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, it comes with a notable pedigree. Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella …

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

Video: Mars, Spica, moon rising and setting

In case you haven’t heard, the planet Mars is back! Getting brighter. Nearly at its best. James McCue includes Mars in this cool video.<p>Wow! Here’s a …

The 10 Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair

A plush uterus, talking teddy bear, and other crazy trinkets<p>We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Every toy does not need an app! So once again, as we cruised the aisles at the American International Toy Fair this week, we largely turned a blind eye to "interactive elements" carelessly …

The Trials And Torments Of Space School

What does it take to become a citizen astronaut?<p>Sending people to space has always involved a frank assessment of their defects, and in the early days, it was a matter of finding people without any. First it was fighter pilots—calm in a crisis, physically perfect, unquestioning in their execution …

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

An entertaining exploration of the science and history of the Sherlock Holmes stories, which were written more than 100 years ago by Scottish physician and writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.<p>After eagerly -- and enviously! -- reading people's reactions to Sherlock Holmes' third season now airing on …

A Microscopic Look At Drugs And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Environment: News & features

Patient’s suicide forces belated university investigation

<i>Posted on behalf of David Cyranoski.</i><p>In May 2004 Daniel Markingson, a patient with schizophrenia in an anti-psychotic drug trial at the University of …

Make Your Mornings Explosive With a Defusable Alarm Clock

Inspired by the iconic look of time bombs in old movies, software engineer Michael Krumpus set out to build an alarm clock that would make his mornings more action-packed. When the alarm goes off in defuse mode, the clock starts a 10-second countdown; the correct wire, which is randomly assigned …

10 Smart Science Gifts For Kids

Don't buy your children robots this year—let them build their own.<p>The great thing about children is that they are all huge nerds. The toys on this list will help kids teach themselves about electronics, biology, engineering, geometry, and more.<p>Need more ideas? Check out last year's geeky toy</i> …

New Books Party: books received this week

Today, I tell you about a bunch of books that arrived whilst I was traveling -- books that will make wonderful holiday gifts!<p>Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently, either as gifts or as review copies, or that I purchased somewhere. These are the books that I may review in …

APOD's 2014 calendar is now available - Starship Asterisk*

<b>geckzilla</b><p>Ocular Digitator<p><b>Posts:</b> 8735<p><b>Joined:</b> Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:42 pm<p><b>Location:</b> Modesto, CA<p>APOD_Calendar_2014_Northern-3.jpg<p>The 2014 APOD …

Top 10 science and tech books for December: Brains, refrains and immortal souls

Now you can tell how your mind works, how music affects it and what will happen to it after you die<p>Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think<p><b>Stephen Kosslyn and G Wayne Miller</b><p>Shedding light on the "left brain vs. right brain" theory, and how our brains work.<p><b>Beyond the God</b> …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Science Fiction

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Inside the International Space Station control room

Our space correspondent meets the controllers of the International Space Station as they steer away from deadly space junk and keep astronauts alive.<p>It could be the most boring reality TV show in the world, if the stakes were not so high. On a huge screen at one end of a giant room is an image of a …

Space Exploration

Why?: Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy

This sweeping science book for young adults is just plain fun to read, being packed with interesting scientific facts that are clearly written and carefully researched.<p>If you're a parent or teacher, you probably are asked "why questions" by young people several dozen times each day. Why can't we …

Mars Mission Briefed on This Week @NASA

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

New Books Party: books received this week

Four books arrived this week that may interest you and your friends.<p>Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently, either as gifts or as review copies, or that I purchased somewhere. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the …

Watch the November 3 total solar eclipse online

Relatively few people got to see the totality – when moon covered the sun completely – in the solar eclipse of Sunday, November 3. But there were …

All you need to know: Draconids in 2017

The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours. In 2017, a bright waning gibbous moon will interfere, but still … give it a try!<p>October’s Draconid …

How far is a light-year?

How can we comprehend the distances to the stars? This post explains light-years in terms of a scale of miles and kilometers.<p>Stars other than our sun …