National Academy of Sciences

Why More People Are Choosing Unique Names for Their Kids

A kindergarten teacher tells her students to form a circle on the floor while she takes attendance. A stampede of 5-year-olds scrambles over, and …

Game of Thrones

Pulling all-nighters may damage your brain

<b>(Getty/Poike)</b><p>New research suggests bad sleep causes a build-up of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s<p>Hannah Thomasy<p>July 21, 2018 6:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Massive.<p>For decades, scientists have suspected that there is a connection between poor sleep and neurodegenerative diseases …

Dementia

IISc researchers find cholesterol helps bacterial toxins kill cells

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have found that cholesterol present in cell membrane plays a crucial role in …

India News

Judge retires after handling notorious juvenile cases

For the past three years, Judge Cindy Lederman has walked by a half-dozen statues of playful bear cubs every day on her way up to her high-ceilinged, …

Child Welfare

Burton Richter, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, dies at 87

Burton Richter, an American physicist who shared the 1976 Nobel Prize for discovering a subatomic particle — the curiously named “charm quark” — that became a foundation stone of the modern understanding of matter at its deepest levels, has died. He was 87.<p>His death in Palo Alto on July 18 was …

Physics

Rudolph Marcus

Born on 21 July 1923 in Montreal, Rudolph Marcus is a Nobel Prize–winning chemist whose contributions to the theory of electron-transfer reactions …

Nobel Prize

NASA's mission to touch the sun launches soon

<b>(CNN) —</b> Wearing a nearly 5-inch coat of carbon-composite solar shields, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun's atmosphere in a mission that is expected to launch in early August. This is NASA's first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere, called the corona.<p>"The spacecraft is …

Astronomy

Trump’s War on Endangered Species

This week, the U.S. Department of Interior released a plan to essentially gut the Endangered Species Act, one of the most popular and powerful …

Foreign Policy

The Future of Economics

In April, the National Academy of Sciences will bestow its 2018 John J. Carty Award to a trio of Stanford economists: David Kreps, the Adams …

Auctions

What the World Cup taught me about nationalism

The other day, my coworkers and I crammed around a TV to watch Croatia and England face off in the World Cup. As distant figures expertly shuffled …

FIFA World Cup

Alien Solar System Could Harbor Life

The 2015 discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system, with its seven Earth-sized planets, has redirected much of the exoplanet search toward M-dwarf systems — …

Astronomy

Safe injection site in SF would address drug use and discarded needles

Back in the 1980s, a deadly new virus exploded in San Francisco. The response to the HIV epidemic from all fronts in San Francisco has become …

Public Health

Following a New Trail of Crumbs to Agriculture's Origins

It’s mid-August in 2013, and we are working in the dry heat of the Jordanian Harra basalt desert. It is the last week of our second season of …

Archaeology

Fueling the MATE transporter

Evolutionarily conserved transport proteins, such as those belonging to the multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) superfamily, protect cells …

Protons

America Is Running Out of Family Caregivers, Just When It Needs Them Most - WSJ

Clesta Dickson, 86 years old, never married. The retired teacher lives on her own in a tidy apartment on the second floor of Pleasantview Towers, a subsidized apartment building for older adults and people with disabilities in Vienna, W.Va.<p>When her own parents became frail, she bought a house for …

Alzheimer's Disease

Here’s the sexual harassment report that felled a famed geneticist—and his defense

The investigative report that triggered the ouster of prominent evolutionary geneticist Francisco Ayala by the University of California, Irvine …

Bioethics

Our job as scientists is to find the truth. But we must also be storytellers | Nick Enfield

Human beings, scientists included, have brains that are not evolved for dispassionate thinking<p>Scientists often struggle to communicate the findings of research. Our subject matter can be technical and not easily digested by a general audience. And our discoveries – from a new type of tessellating …

Opinion (UK)

This VR Founder Wants to Gamify Empathy to Reduce Racial Bias

Clorama Dorvilias wants to remove shame and guilt from diversity and inclusion training.<p>The tech industry, and companies like Starbucks, have spent millions of dollars to address implicit racial bias through diversity initiatives and racial sensitivity trainings. When Starbucks closed 8,000 of its …

Virtual Reality

Here Are The Actual Threats Made Against EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog launched three investigations this year into potential threats against Scott Pruitt, the …

Scott Pruitt

University of California

<b>In 2012, environmental systems graduate student Lauren Schiebelhut was collecting DNA from ochre sea stars living along the Northern California coast — part of an effort to study genetic diversity in various marine species that serve as indicators of habitat health. She had no idea that just one</b> …

University of California

Electronic IoT Stickers Turn Anything Into a Smart Object

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expanding network of connected devices--billions of objects ranging from smartphones and wearables to buildings, …

Nanotech

Public-Safety Town Hall Meeting Set Tonight In Oakland

Racial profiling, bias and rebuilding community trust on Mayor Schaaf and Police Chief Kirkpatrick's agenda. Session begins at 6 p.m.<p>OAKLAND, CA – …

Stanford University

An excavation in the Middle East shows that baking predates farming

ABSENCE of evidence is not evidence of absence. The value of that aphorism has just been shown by a discovery made at Qa’ Shubayqa, in north-eastern …

Bread

The World’s Largest GMO Study Was Launched By Russians In 2014. Then It Disappeared.

Rob Dobi for BuzzFeed News<p><b>In late 2014,</b> an obscure Russian group called a press conference in London to announce the launch of the “world’s largest …

Agriculture

5 Things to Know About NASA Credit Cards

If the main thing you need to pay off debt is a little space, a NASA Federal Credit Union credit card could be a star in your wallet.<p>These aren’t the …

Personal Finance

The 10 Most Attractive Body Parts Ranked by Women

1 of 11<p>What Women (Physically) Want<p>Let’s cut right to the chase. It doesn’t matter if you look like a Greek god if you’re a bastard. Hotshots are a …

Self-improvement

Turns Out Early Humans Weren’t Paleo — Ancient Bread Oven Discovered

Credit: Pixabay<p>Paleo dieting is trendy. In essence, its practitioners think it best, or at least try to limit themselves to foods that a few very …

Microscopy

Studying aliens of the deep

Folding polyhedron sampler enables easy capture and release of delicate underwater organisms<p>By Lindsay Brownell<p>(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) — The open ocean is …

Harvard

Here's The Terrifying Reason The US Just Approved a Drug For an Eradicated Disease

Please let this never happen.<p>On any list of the most devastating diseases humanity has ever had to contend with, smallpox comes in near the top.<p>The …

Health

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NEWS<p>Once female scientists nab a US National Institutes of Health grant, their careers tend to last nearly as long as those of men.<p>Search for this …

Clinical Trials