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Curiosity’s 10 best images of Mars in 2015

As of December, 2015, Curiosity has acquired over 292,000 images from Mars’ surface. Here are our picks for the top 10 images by the rover in …

Why String Theory Is Not A Scientific Theory

Scientists work on it, it’s consistent with science, and it hopes to be the biggest scientific breakthrough of all. But it’s missing one key …

Leading mathematician launches arXiv 'overlay' journal

Journal that reviews papers from preprint server aims to return publishing to the hands of academics.<p><i>Update: The journal Discrete Analysis officially</i> …

Mathematics

Sierra Nevada snowpack lowest in 500 years - Futurity

Rings on blue oak trees show that snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada is at a 500-year low. The findings serve as a warning for water use and …

The nudge theory and beyond: how people can play with your mind

The first instalment of our new psychology column looks at how mental manipulation can be backed by good intentions – but when used with stealth, it is deceitful and wrong<p>A couple of decades ago, a class of psychology undergraduates played a mean trick on their lecturer. The students on the right …

Behavioral Sciences

Birds in love produce more babies, study shows

A new study finds that birds who freely choose their own mates have 37 percent more offspring than those which were paired up by researchers in a sort of avian ‘arranged marriage’ — findings that have far-reaching implications for conservation and captive breeding practices<p>Birds who freely choose …

Birds

Reproducibility will not cure what ails science

A bill to make data for environmental regulation more transparent reveals the fuzzy boundary between science and ideology, argues Daniel …

Regulation

People living near 60 Freeway in Ontario breathe the worst air in the Southland

With its sprawl of tract homes, apartment complexes, shopping centers and warehouses, Ontario looks like many other communities in the Inland Empire and shares the same environmental woes, including heavy truck traffic and air pollution.<p>But people in one neighborhood near the 60 Freeway have a …

The last person in the queue should be served first, scientific research suggests

We Brits love queueing, so this research from Denmark is sure to raise a few eyebrows<p>The University of Southern Denmark has found that the traditional way we queue is wrong and inefficient.<p>This will shock people in the UK, especially London, who often patiently wait in queues every day.<p>In fact, …

Kanye West
Dementia
High School

Alzheimer’s may have been transmitted via injections, researchers say

Other scientists say more evidence is necessary<p>During the autopsies of eight people with a rare brain disease, doctors found something unexpected: evidence of Alzheimer's disease-like changes in the brains of six of those patients. That's especially odd, since the people were between ages 36 and 51 …

Dementia

National Geographic magazine is now a for-profit business thanks to Fox

National Geographic is teaming up with 21st Century Fox to form a $725 million new media company, which will be called National Geographic Partners. Fox will own 73 percent of the company and the National Geographic Society will own the rest — and the new entity will be for-profit.<p>The partnership …

Media Industry

Peer review, preprints and the speed of science

Peer review is often claimed to be the guarantor of the trustworthiness of scientific papers, but it is a troubled process. Preprints offer a way out<p>A few weeks ago my collaborators and I submitted our latest paper to a scientific journal. We have been investigating how noroviruses subvert the …

Peer Review

Oceans Will Rise Much More Than Predicted, NASA Says

Predictions from a few years ago already are outdated. “Sea levels are rising faster than they were 50 years ago, and it's very likely to get worse,” one scientist says.<p>Year by year, millimeter by millimeter, the seas are rising. Fed by melting glaciers and ice sheets, and swollen by thermal …

July was warmest month on Earth in 136 years, NOAA says

Another month, another record high for global temperatures, U.S. government scientists announced Thursday.<p>Earth’s average surface temperature for the month of July was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit (or 16.61 degrees Celsius). That made July the hottest month since meteorologists began keeping track way …

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children<p>Ewan Birney: Why I’m sceptical about the idea of genetically inherited trauma<p>Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust …

Genetics

To better teach physics, let students decide - Futurity

An updated approach to a pendulum experiment in physics suggests that a new approach to lab courses could boost critical thinking.

Education

Is science pretending both sexes have the same brain? - Futurity

The sexes have different brains, but science assumes otherwise. "We are not doing women any favors by pretending that things are the same if they are …

Science

A scientist weighs up the five main anti-abortion arguments

In the last week alone, abortion has caused controversy in the US, the UK and in Chile. Medical science is often invoked on both sides of the debate. So what is the evidence on some of the main claims around abortion?<p>There are few topics in modern discourse quite as divisive, as fraught with …

Feminism
Wall Street

Why Did L.A. Drop 96 Million ‘Shade Balls’ Into Its Water?

The plastic balls, which can save water and protect water quality, are an attempt to cope with California’s severe drought.<p>Los Angeles has turned its main reservoir into a giant ball pit.<p>City officials hope millions of “shade balls” released into the Los Angeles Reservoir will save water in the …

Higher Education

Could Sexting Help Your Relationship?

Sexting is scandalous, dangerous and downright dirty behavior.<p>Or, at least, that seems to be its reputation, maybe because most studies of the behavior have focused on teens. Among young adults, exchanging explicit messages and photos by phone has been linked to higher rates of early sex, sexually …

Relationships

People Sometimes Like Stinky Things—Here’s Why

<i>Updated September 30, 2015</i><p>A corpse flower smells like a heady mix of rotten fish, sewage, and dead bodies. It’s a stench meant to draw flies, but just as surely, it draws tourists. Braving a blustery Chicago night, thousands of people lined up Tuesday for a whiff of a corpse flower named Alice at …

Space Exploration

In America, Democrats want Democrats for neighbors - Futurity

Political divisions between Americans extends to where they choose to live. As a result, legislative districts may become more lopsided, experts say.

Why we are teaching science wrong, and how to make it right

Active problem-solving confers a deeper understanding of science than does a standard lecture. But some university lecturers are reluctant to change …

Pedagogy