Research

Researchers Say They've Figured Out What Makes People Reject Science, and It's Not Ignorance

Why some people believe Earth is flat.<p>A lot happened in 2016, but one of the biggest cultural shifts was the rise of fake news - where claims with no …

Climate Change

The Demon Voice That Can Talk to Your Smartphone

Researchers have created creepy sounds that are unintelligible to humans but still capable of controlling phones’ digital assistants.<p>Here’s a fun experiment: Next time you’re on a crowded bus, loudly announce, “Hey Siri! Text mom, ‘I'm pregnant.’” Chances are you’ll get some horrified looks as your …

Dystopia

'Alternative facts' are now threatening our roast potatoes. Stop this madness!

‘Science’ appears to say a lot of things. But in this post-truth “alternative facts” world, constantly implying that all of science agrees can only be harmful<p>Today, British watchdogs have warned people that roast potatoes can cause cancer. The rationale seems to be that roast/burnt foods contain …

Scientific Research

Replication is a cornerstone of science. Turns out it’s really, really hard to get right.

Replication has emerged as a powerful tool to check science and get us closer to the truth. Researchers take an experiment that’s already been done, and test whether its conclusions hold up by reproducing it. The general principle is that if the results repeat, then the original results were …

Scientific Research

Fake news’ power to influence shrinks with a contextual warning, study finds

Research conducted by social psychologists at Cambridge University in the UK, and Yale and George Mason in the US, offers a potential strategy for mitigating the spread of misinformation online — involving the use of pro-active warnings designed to contextualize and pre-expose web users to related …

Scientific Research

Experiments in Development from Every Angle: A Review of Tim Ogden's new book

Randomized controlled trials are kind of a big deal in development economics right now. A recent article in The Economist shows a sizeable rise in …

World Bank

Massive Twitter Botnet Dormant Since 2013

A sizable and dormant Twitter botnet has been uncovered by two researchers from the University College London, who expressed concern about the …

Social Media

Why Obama Just Wrote Articles in 3 Academic Journals

In his final two months as president, Barack Obama restricted Arctic drilling, sanctioned Russia, named new national monuments and made one last dad joke. He also moved to imprint his seal on history in a quieter way: through academic writing.<p>This month, Obama published a Harvard Law Review article …

Medical Research

25 surprising things that can make you successful

Sure, we all know that an Ivy League education, a stint at a blue-chip firm, and stellar sales skills can help us get ahead. But it may surprise you just how many other, seemingly random variables can contribute to your professional success.<p>From the month you were born to your comedic timing, the …

Scientific Research

7 Things I Learned While Getting My Master's in Architecture

Graduation often leaves a void in a new architect’s life. After five years or more (lets face it, usually more) of being with the same friends, …

Who will keep predatory science journals at bay now that Jeffrey Beall's blog is gone?

The number of predatory scientific journals has exploded in recent years. ShutterstockFor aficionados of bad science, the blog of University of …

Publishing

Researchers Uncover Twitter Bot Army That's 350,000 Strong - D-brief

By Nathaniel Scharping | January 20, 2017 3:27 pm<p>There’s an army lurking in the underbelly of Twitter.<p>Legions of fake Twitter accounts, called bots, …

A new theory on what killed the dinosaurs

Researchers have new insights into the "turning point in Earth history" that killed the dinosaurs

Climate Change

Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky

A new review looks at the research around breakfast and weight

Breakfast

Beware friends, family, secretly snooping on your Facebook account

Researchers found that 24% of adults surveyed have secretly accessed another user's Facebook page<p>Digital spies are often thought of as government …

Facebook

Fighting Cancer’s Crisis of Confidence, One Study at a Time

Every year the US government spends $5 billion on cancer research. That’s not counting outgoing Vice President Joe Biden’s $1 billion cancer …

Cancer

Mac, Linux malware discovered targeting biomedical research

A Mac malware that’s been spying on biomedical research centers may have been circulating undetected for years, according to new research.Antivirus vendor Malwarebytes uncovered the malicious code, after an IT administrator spotted unusual network traffic coming from an infected Mac.The malware, …

Biomedical Research

Not every selfie lover is a narcissist

Sure, it’s easy to label selfie-takers as self-obsessed, but a new small study finds that those who snap photos of themselves aren’t necessarily …

Lifestyle

New Study on “Dangers of Kratom” uses references that don’t exist

Pain Physician Journal recently published a catastrophically flawed case report on kratom. It includes a reference that doesn’t exist, references …

Yes, science is political

Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten notes from <i>Verge</i> Science readers wondering why news from the incoming Trump administration has seeped into our science coverage. I wasn’t surprised: it’s tempting to believe that science is apolitical. But science and politics are plainly related: science is the …

Scientific Method

Researchers have found a way to pair cells to smartphones

The breakthrough could one day lead to disease-curing devices in your pocket.<p>Engadget Job Board<p>Digital Growth Manager at Wealthsimple Wealthsimple - New York, NY, United States<p>Associate Creative Director at Ramsey Solutions, A Dave Ramsey Company Ramsey Solutions, A Dave Ramsey Company - Nashville, …

Biology

Study raises questions about bias in research of prescription drugs

Researchers with personal financial ties to pharmaceutical companies tend to publish studies casting those companies’ drugs in a positive light, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.<p>On their own, the findings can’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship between accepting …

Medical Research

U.S. issues final version of 'common rule' on research involving humans

The federal government on Wednesday issued a new 543-page rule to govern the way researchers study human subjects. The new "common rule," as it is …

Eco-HAB: New quality in research on neuronal basis of social behavior

Therapy is really effective only when it is based on the full understanding of the mechanisms responsible for the occurrence of a disease. When it …

Neuroscience

What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

The first results from a major project to measure the reliability of cancer research have highlighted a big problem: Labs trying to repeat published experiments often can't.<p>That's not to say that the original studies are wrong. But the results of a review published Thursday, in the open-access …

Scientific Research

Mindset Theory, a Wildly Popular Educational Theory, May Be in Deep Trouble

If you read a lot of pop psychology, you’ve probably heard the term “growth mindset” at some point in the last few years. It’s part of the broader …

Scientific Research

Science is at War and the Biggest Battle Yet is Getting Vicious

In December, the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board heard oral arguments in what will prove to be one of the most important patent disputes …

Research Funding

Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

The Obama administration has dropped a controversial proposal that would have required all federally fundedscientists to get permission from patients before using their cells, blood, tissue or DNA for research.<p>The proposal was eliminated from the final revision of the Common Rule, which was …

Scientific Research

The two questions that determine your scientific literacy

If you think you can just take a test and demonstrate your scientific literacy, think again.<p><i>“Through basic science literacy, people can understand</i> …

Scientific Research

Opinion: The Labor Department still has to define the hardest part of the new fiduciary rule

An open letter to the Department of Labor:<p>We applaud the Department of Labor for raising awareness of the importance of fiduciary standards. No matter the legalities, the new fiduciary rule is here to stay. Few would argue against the idea that all advisers should act in their clients’ best …

Wall Street