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Fake peer review: Scientific journals publish fraudulent, plagiarized, or nonsense papers.

It’s a scandal that’s been quietly rocking zoos all around the world. For nearly a decade now, an increasing number of zookeepers at smaller zoos and …

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Why science is so hard to believe

<i>Joel Achenbach is a science reporter at The Post. A version of this essay appears on the cover of National Geographic’s March issue.</i><p>There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece “Dr. Strangelove” in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on …

The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares

The scientists, technologists, and engineers who populate Silicon Valley and the California Bay Area deserve their reputation as innovators, building …

Biological 'Bad Luck' Blamed In Two-Thirds Of Cancer Cases

By Will Dunham<p>WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like …

This Half-Male, Half-Female Bird Has Very Peculiar Plumage

You don't have to be an ornithologist to know that red northern cardinals are male and brownish-gray ones are female.<p>But what about a Cardinalis cardinalis that sports red feathers on one side of its body and brownish-gray feathers on the other? Why, that cardinal is half-male and half-female, of …

Health and medicine 2014: Ebola, MERS, surgeon general, hepatitis C, Obamacare.

It was a weird, fascinating year for medicine. Did you know there was a mumps outbreak in the National Hockey League? Or that a man turned his …

Over two hundred interesting new species in 2014

In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 221 new plant and animal species to our family tree. The new species include 110 …

iPads, tablets, smartphones disrupt good sleep, study finds

Basking in the blue glow of iPads, smartphones and other electronic devices before bedtime could be messing up our sleep patterns more profoundly than we realize, and even affecting our long-term health, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Pfizer bets on gene therapy as technology comes of age

LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc is moving into the gene therapy space in the latest sign that the technology for fixing faulty genes may finally be ready for prime time, following earlier setbacks.<p>The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014.REUTERS/Andrew Kelly<p>The …

The Problem With Praising Famous Scientists

Role models portrayed as superhuman don’t always motivate students—instead, they risk discouraging kids who feel they can't live up to the lofty standards.<p>In 1911, Albert Einstein penned a letter to Marie Curie in which he told her to stay strong in the face of extreme personal criticism: “If the …

The Anti-Plagiarism Machine

An analysis of hundreds of thousands of scientific papers finds text re-use is rampant, but it isn't always malicious.<p>Every day, researchers add hundreds of new papers to ArXiv, the massive public database of scientific writing and research.<p>And with each new work, a special detection system goes …

The Alarming Research Behind New York's Fracking Ban

An analysis of the findings in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 184-page review of hydraulic fracturing<p>The battle over untapped natural gas in New York State appears to have reached its end. Following an extensive public health review of hydraulic fracturing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a complete ban …

This Sparkling New Park Was A Toxic Brownfield Just 4 Years Ago

It is truly incredible what can be achieved when a neighborhood unites.<p>Though one would never guess by looking at it today, the site of Chicago’s newest city park was a contaminated eyesore not long ago. This turnaround has everything to do with local citizens working together for something better, …

Scrap Tire Playgrounds Lighten Landfills, But Raise Cancer Fears

The fire burned for nine months, billowing toxic black smoke thousands of feet above its Appalachian valley source and across five states. It would take 20 years and $12 million to clean up the remains of the tire heap.<p>At the time of the 1983 Rhinehart, Virginia, tire fire, about 90 percent of …

Science Unveils Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft caught up with the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko beyond Mars this August, and its preliminary results — along with …

Bill Nye explains evolution with emojis.

On Friday evening all anyone really wants to do is hang out with Bill Nye. And this video is the perfect way to get a quick fix of learning and fun.</i> …

Psychologists’ role in the CIA’s torture: Why these medical professionals were so crucial for the enhanced interrogation techniques used on detainees.

Thanks to revelations in the newly released report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is now widely known that the CIA’s torture …

Natamycin safety: Whole Foods has banned it, but what does the science say?

Whole Foods and Lebanon may seem like odd bedfellows, but on the matter of dairy products, they’re of one mind. Both have shown distaste for the …

What Happens When Kids Don't Have Internet at Home?

Roughly half of low-income families nationwide lack access to the web in their houses.<p>KENT, Wash.—As students stream off the school buses here, the typical end-of-day scene unfolds with a twist.<p>Thrown over the kids' shoulders are sleek black laptop bags with the name of their district emblazoned on …

Vaccine Myth-Busting Can Backfire

For people who mistrust vaccination, learning the facts may make the problem worse.<p>“Facts are stubborn things,” John Adams said in 1770, delivering his defense of the British soldiers on trial for the murders of the Boston Massacre.<p>“As John Adams said, facts are stupid things,” Ronald Reagan said …

Making Babies; the New “Normal”

Bioethics @ TIU<p>Once upon a time in a fairy tale land that now seems far, far away, young people fell in love, got married, and started a family. But …

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Eman’s emails arrive hours ahead of the news here. He wrote on Sunday, August 17:<p><i>“An Ebola quarantine site was attacked and looted. News is that most</i> …