National Academy of Sciences

How Is The Flu Spread? New Research Suggests Just Breathing Could Circulate Germs, But Here’s What You Can Do To Stop It

If you've managed to avoid the flu so far, consider yourself lucky. A new study suggests that it might be even easier to spread the flu than we …

Public Health

It's Much Easier to Catch the Flu Than We Realized, New Research Finds

Aside from getting vaccinated (which everyone should), an important strategy to evading the flu is regularly washing your hands and avoiding contact …

Public Health

Master Resource Reprises My Takedown of the National Academy of Sciences' Energy Projections

<i>Andrey Popov/DreamstimeMaster Resource</i>, the pro-market energy blog, has just published an item that revives and recaps a <i>Reason</i> piece I wrote back in …

Energy

The Brains Of Highly Creative People Have Unique Wiring

There’s plenty we don’t know about our brain and its inner workings. We just, for example, found out that a specific protein within our brain – the …

The Brain

Creative People's Brains Are Uniquely Wired, Scientists Discover

Could these findings be used to boost creativity?<br>Read More

The Brain

Researchers disprove one of the most widespread assumptions among geneticists regarding DNA

Ever since DNA was first isolated in 1869, the scientific community has constantly sought to determine how it works, and reveal its secrets.Despite …

Biology

UC Berkeley professors receive awards from National Academy of Sciences

Two UC Berkeley professors were honored Wednesday by the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS, for their research contributions to science.Jennifer …

Student Journalism

Mechanogentics Used to Remotely Control Cancer Immunotherapy

Using a noninvasive ultrasound system, researchers have successfully manipulated genetic processes in live T cells so that they recognize and kill …

Chemical Engineering

Study finds convergent evolution of gene regulation in humans and mice

Organisms that aren't closely related may evolve similar traits as they adapt to similar challenges. It's called convergent evolution, and familiar …

Biology

Cancer-fighting cells activated with ultrasound

UC San Diego-led researchers have developed cancer-killing immune cells activated by ultrasound.<p>Their work in cell cultures could lead to more …

Molecular Biology

How Does the Brain Work? Minds of Creative People Show Unexpected Neurological Connections

Sure, we’re all capable of creativity, but some people are arguably more creative than others. New research may have found a biological reason for …

The Brain

Study: 81 Percent Of Pain Patients Prefer Marijuana Over Opiates

As America's opioid abuse epidemic continues to worsen, a study releases this week reveals a potential remedy for pain patients: Medical …

Cannabis Law

Why the UK Just Appointed a Minister of Loneliness

There's a new minister in the United Kingdom, and the position's theme song might as well be The Beatles' hit song "Eleanor Rigby," which implores …

Loneliness

Genetically Altered Mice Bear Some Hallmarks of Human Bipolar Behavior

September 18, 2017<p>Study shows the behavior responds to lithium treatment, just as used in people with the disorder<p>Johns Hopkins researchers report …

Neuroscience

2018-air-force-s-and-t-strategic-engagement-summit

Air Force Science and Technology Engagement Summit<p><b>January 18 2018</b><br>12:30-3:30 p.m.<br>National Academy of Sciences Auditorium<br>2101 Constitution Ave., …

Military

Future electronics may ride on new three-in-one particle

"A trion is this hybrid that involves a charge marrying an exciton to become a uniquely distinct particle," said Michael Therien, the William R. …

Physics

Why Make Daycare Workers Go Back to School?

In an effort to improve outcomes for kids, education wonks are making life harder for workers who rely on daycare employment.<p>Adriana Gomez has a narrow window of time in the morning to prepare the room at Semillitas Early Learning Center while her staff keeps the kids occupied playing outside. It’s …

Pre-school

Pressure-sensing implant dissolves when its job is done

When doctors want to monitor conditions such as swelling of the brain, they'll sometimes implant a sensor that emits a readable electrical signal …

Breakthroughs

Study finds topological materials could boost the efficiency of thermoelectric devices

What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun's heat during a warm summer's day? With advancements in …

Engineering

Diabetes: Surprising gene discovery could fuel new treatments

By studying one family with rare blood sugar disorders, scientists have identified a gene mutation that can give rise to both high and low blood …

Diabetes

How immune cells can be controlled to kill cancer

By engineering cancer-killing T cells that can be manipulated noninvasively by remote control, researchers have added a potentially powerful feature …

Cancer

How Our Bones Might Help Keep Our Weight Stable

Our skeletons may help to keep our weight stable, according to a fascinating new study with animals.<p>The study suggests that bones could be much more intimately involved in tracking weight and controlling appetite than scientists realized. It also raises interesting questions about whether a …

Weight Loss

Science Is Facing a Serious Replication Crisis, But There Are Solutions

The scientific method relies heavily on systematic replication of research. Nevertheless, many existing results in medicine, life science and …

Research

How Do We Taste Sugar, Bacon and Coffee?

Researchers have identified a new chemical pathway that helps the brain detect sweet, savory and bitter flavors.<p>Until now, many scientists believed …

University at Buffalo

Study: Pulsating dissolution found in crystals

When German researchers examined time-lapse images of dissolving crystals at the nanoscale, they found a surprise: Dissolution happened in pulses, …

Chemistry

Want people to work together? Familiarity, ability to pick partners could be key

The key to getting people to work together effectively could be giving them the flexibility to choose their collaborators and the comfort of working …

InterAct

The classic explanation for the Black Death plague is wrong, scientists say

Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human history, killed tens of millions. Up to 60 percent of the population succumbed to the bacteria called <i>Yersinia pestis</i> during outbreaks that recurred for 500 years. The most famous …

Public Health

CIS Director Explains How the Wall Will Pay For Itself

President Trump’s proposed border wall would pay for itself in 10 years, Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian said on Fox …

Conservative View

New pressure sensor for medical uses dissolves in the patient’s body

A biodegradable pressure sensor that has been developed by engineers at the University of Connecticut can make certain medical procedures much less …

Breakthroughs

New study offers insights on genetic indicators of COPD risk

COPD, a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Research