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I was once a climate change denier

I’m a scientist now, but the embarrassment lingers. Here’s why I let myself be duped — and how I came to my senses<p>[<i>Editor's note: This story first appeared on ScienceWriters.ca. The Tyee republishes it here with permission.</i>]<p>I, a scientist with a PhD in microbiology and immunology, was a climate …

First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers

It is now abundantly clear that the microbes that live in our bodies are critical parts of our lives and our health. The study of these microbes and their genes—the so-called microbiome—has never been more popular. It’s also very WEIRD.<p>That’s not to say it is odd or unusual. WEIRD is an acronym, …

Robots to the rescue at international trials in Florida | Reuters

HOMESTEAD (Reuters) - As a squat, red-and-black robot nicknamed CHIMP gingerly pushed open a spring-loaded door a gust of wind swooped down onto the track at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and slammed the door shut, eliciting a collective sigh of disappointment from the audience.<p>An LS 3 (Legged Squad …

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Why Do We Blame The Obese For Their Obesity?

Last month I attended a talk given by biologist Dr. Jeffrey Friedman at the much beloved NYC-based lecture series, Secret Science Club. Friedman, a 2010 Lasker Award recipient, was there to discuss the research that culminated in that prestigious award—his discovery of the hormone leptin and its …

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.<p><b>A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.</b><p><b>Confirming that careful burials</b> …

Catch The Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight

Stargazers are in for a treat if they're willing to wake up really early Saturday morning.<p>The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight, potentially serving up more than a hundred shooting stars per hour. The meteors will appear to emanate from the constellation Gemini (thus the name), but that's …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

Don’t miss the Geminids in 2017!

The Geminid meteor shower is always reliable, but might be extra special in 2017. Peak morning is likely December 14. Be sure to watch for the moon …

Probing the neuroscience of a rebellious streak

Easily influenced by your peers, or rebel without a care? There may be a way to identify your true rebellious streak by peering at brain activity.<p>Do you conform to those around you, or rebel against the crowd? By peering at the brain’s activity, it may be possible to test whether an individual will …

Beach Mystery: Why Did Dozens of Whales Strand Themselves in the Everglades?

Wildlife officials, scientists and volunteers have been scrambling this week to save dozens of pilot whales that beached themselves in the shallow …

The Science Guy Wants Money For Space Exploration

Mr. President, you have been officially called out by Bill Nye, “The Science Guy.”<p>In a video appeal to President Barack Obama released Thursday …

What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you're going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn't get the nickname "Whole Paycheck" for nothing.)<p>But until recently, that widely held bit of conventional wisdom hadn't really been assessed in a rigorous, systematic way, says …

What Hitchens got wrong: Abolishing religion won’t fix anything

Hitchens believed atheism would end world conflict. But the world’s wars are about politics, not religion<p>Religion has once again become the “opiate of the people.” But this time, instead of seducing the proletariat into accepting its position in a capitalist society, it lulls atheists into …

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered "productive" enough.<p>The emeritus professor at Edinburgh University, who says he has never sent an email, browsed the …

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational …