National Academy of Sciences

Negative Experiences in Childhood May Permanently Alter Your DNA

How much of our childhood experiences affect our long-term health? That’s a question a group of Northwestern University researchers, led by Thom …

Genetics

This Program Ensures Sci-Fi Movie Magic Is the Real Deal

Is that really how it would happen? The Science and Entertainment Exchange connects Hollywood with scientists and engineers to ensure on-screen …

Tiny worm caught in the act of reproducing — by tearing itself apart

Dugesia japonica, a tiny asexual flatworm, has an unusual way of reproducing: It tears itself in half and each section regenerates what it lost. Now …

Biology

SUCCEED Act Will Diminish Deficits

Senators Tillis (R-NC), Lankford (R-OK), and Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, …

Conservative View

Why immigrants are a financial boon for the U.S.

Unfortunately, many restrictionists don’t want to take this approach. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services put out a report …

Canadian News

Social media use does not account for increasing political polarisation in the US: Study

Conventional narratives seem to <b>link social media use</b> and the creation of echo chambers to a rise in political polarisation. However, a study …

Social Media

5 Myths About Lowering Cancer Risk

You may have solid reasons (environmental, ethical, or otherwise) to take these steps. But they don’t do much to lower cancer risk.<p>Abandoning Bras …

Nutrition

Scientists Identify the Genes That Paint Butterfly Wings

There are some 20,000 species of butterflies fluttering in skies around the world—each one with its own uniquely beautiful wings filled with spots, …

Biology

8 Best Foods to Eat for Weight Loss

8 of the best secret-weapon foods for weight loss.<p><i>—Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.</i><p>Which are the best foods for weight loss? If you're trying to drop …

Weight Loss

Metastatic breast cancer affects bone mineral before spreading

‹ › ×<p>When breast cancer metastasizes, or spreads, one of its most likely destinations is bone. In fact, four in five metastatic breast cancer …

Cancer

Sound waves enable blood sample analysis in minutes

A few years ago, a team of MIT scientists developed a novel way to separate blood cells using sound waves. Now the team, in conjunction with …

Science

Cnidarians remotely control bacteria

In modern life sciences, a paradigm shift is becoming increasingly evident: life forms are no longer considered to be self-contained units, but …

Biology

The risk of extinction is highest for Earth's largest and smallest animals

Humans seem to be favoring medium-sized vertebrates, researchers say, causing 'a radical shift in the living architecture of the planet.'<p>Earth may be …

Extinction

When the Subway Fails, Riders Scream Into the Twitter Abyss

The cries of misery from the underground began to bubble up into the world above just as the Thursday morning rush was getting underway on the New York City subway.<p>They started with plaintive inquiries.<p>“WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE L TRAIN?!” Megan Martin tweeted just before 8 a.m.<p>“Why is this L train …

New York City

Social Media Isn't Actually Causing Our Massive Political Divide, Says Study

WTF is going on, then?<p>Research on political trends over the past two decades has revealed that, while our social media echo chambers might not be …

Science

Postdoc Mentorship Can Launch Careers

This Article From Issue<p>November-December 2014<p>Volume 102, Number 6<p>Page 418<p>DOI:<p>The postdoctoral experience has become integral to building a career in …

Education

Too much sun is no good—for people or plants

People avoid sunburn by applying sunscreen. But how do plants avoid getting burnt?<p>Scientists have an increasingly sophisticated understanding of …

Michigan State University

A new study found that money doesn't make you happy, but these two awesome things do

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “you can’t buy happiness,” you might feel good knowing that it’s been somewhat proven with a new study. The …

Happiness

The World’s Biggest and Smallest Animals Face Greatest Risk of Extinction

Many scientists believe that a sixth mass extinction is underway, placing three-quarters of the Earth’s species at risk of “biological annihilation.” …

Extinction

One of Trump World's worst habits: burying inconvenient facts

No one likes to receive discouraging information that challenges his or her assumptions. It’s a test of a person’s intellectual integrity: confronted …

New York Times

Gene-hacking tool unlocks secrets of butterfly colors

New studies have found that two genes play a major role in creating the patterns and colors of butterfly wings with the help of a gene-editing tool. …

World News

New Study: Global Warming Limit Can Still Be Achieved

By Tim Radford<p>Scientists in the UK have good news for the 195 nations that pledged to limit global warming to well below 2°C: it can be done. The …

Climate Change

Suzuki debunks climate change deniers' claims about plants

Some climate deniers claim carbon dioxide is good for plants, and plants are good for people, so we should aim to pump even more CO2 into the …

Canadian News

Largest And Smallest Of The World’s Animals Are Threatened With Extinction

A new research reveals that the largest and the smallest of the world’s animals are most at risk of dying out. Scientists urged for immediate action …

Threatened

UK scientists use gene editing to research miscarriages

UK scientists are using human genome editing, with a tool called CRISPR, to figure out what causes human embryos to stop developing.

Genetics

Americans Want to Believe We’ve Made a Lot More Progress on Race Than We Actually Have

RichVintage/GettyImages<p><i>While Kevin’s on vacation, we’ve invited other</i> Mother Jones <i>writers to contribute posts.</i><p>Turns out Americans have too rosy a …

Social Justice

Self-healing catalysts make it easier to store solar energy with water

(Phys.org)—Currently one of the most efficient ways to store solar energy is to transfer the energy to catalysts that split water into hydrogen and …

Chemistry

New reports detail how to limit global warming, warn of ‘existential’ risk from not acting soon

Two new studies released during the United Nations’ Climate Week find that global temperature increases can be limited to the Paris Agreement goal of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but cutting back carbon dioxide emissions alone will not be sufficient – and the stakes are as high as …

Climate

CNN Howler: Abraham Lincoln Was Pro-Science Back in... 1963?

Celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on CNN, Sunday, to lecture those he deemed too stupid to accept the linkage of climate change to …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Setback for group seeking “hockey stick” climate scientists’ e-mails | Ars Technica

Appeals court negates decision that would have handed over scientists’ e-mails.<p>Those prone to rejecting the conclusions of climate science sometimes …

University of Arizona