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Twenty Years of Alzheimer’s Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein

Most researchers think the disease is caused by the build-up of beta amyloid. But over 100 drugs targeting it have failed. Have they been focusing on …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Jokes

Cosmos: how the creator of Family Guy remade Carl Sagan's pivotal TV series

"TThis is an extraordinary sentence I am about to utter," says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in a voice charged with significance. "[I met] Seth MacFarlane at a kickoff meeting of a new office opened in Hollywood by the National Academy of Sciences." He seems barely able to believe it himself. …

Why Facts Matter: Science Is Not an Opinion

In a recent tweet, Donald Trump threw out this witticism: "In New York, March was the coldest month in recorded history - we could use some GLOBAL WARMING!" The capital letters and exclamation point are his, so sure is he of his deep insight that he must shout it out to the world.<p><b>Opinion, Fact,</b> …

Climate Change

APOD: An Unusual Globule in IC 1396 (2014 Apr 14) Credit & Copyright: T. Rector (U. Alaska Anchorage) & H. Schweiker (WIYN, NOAO, AURA, NSF) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140414.html Explanation: Is there a monster in IC 1396? Known to some as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, parts of gas and dust clouds of this star formation region may appear to take on foreboding forms, some nearly human. The only real monster here, however, is a bright young star too far from Earth to hurt us. Energetic light from this star is eating away the dust of the dark cometary globule near the top of the above image. Jets and winds of particles emitted from this star are also pushing away ambient gas and dust. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a much larger region on the sky than shown here, with an apparent width of more than 10 full moons. http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/html/im1172.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140414 #APOD