Research

One-Third of Cases of Dementia May Be Due to Lifestyle

Rising rates of dementia have frustrated medical experts for years, but a new report suggests that adopting certain lifestyle changes could prevent …

Dementia

Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer, or Not?

Senator John McCain’s glioblastoma diagnosis revives a longstanding debate over the safety of wireless technology.<p>Senator John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis is likely to revive a persistent and complex question about the safety of wireless technologies, like cellphones, that emit electromagnetic …

Cancer

A new study suggests it’s possible to get people off opioids and improve their pain

The study found that when some patients are tapered off opioids, their pain levels improve.<p>The policy response to the opioid epidemic is frequently framed as a conflict: If you pull back the opioid painkillers that led to the epidemic, you are going to harm the pain patients who use these opioids …

Pain

Should Open Access And Open Data Come With Open Ethics?

Not a week goes by that my inbox isn’t filled with a small barrage of announcements from publishers, universities, funding agencies and NGOs unveiling the latest open access or open data initiative. It is fantastic to see this newfound enthusiasm for making the final output of the world’s research …

Big Data

Women are less likely to study STEM subjects. But disadvantaged women are even less so

<i>The gender divide in science, technology, engineering and mathematics study is more complicated than most researchers, policymakers, and</i> …

Gender

People Are Really Bad at Spotting Fake Photos, Study Finds

The Internet is filled with fake photographs, and some have even won contests run by the likes of Nikon. And here’s why: people are generally very …

Photography

Research explains why dogs are so friendly with humans

The genetic marker explains how they went from being wolf-like to man's best friend.<p>A new study has identified two genes which could explain why dogs …

Dogs

Study suggests a third of all fake images go undetected

Why it matters to you<p>Be wary of trusting a photograph's authenticity -- about a third of altered photos go undetected.<p>The abundance of photo-editing …

Study Finds Startups With Unique Names Get More Early-Stage Funding

The study also found that easily pronounceable names fare better all around.<p>As if having an awesome product isn't hard enough: A study published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Venture Capital has found that a startup's name can seriously affect how a company is perceived by investors.<p>Names …

Startups

Minimum Wage and Job Loss: One Alarming Seattle Study Is Not the Last Word

Seattle was the first city in the United States to raise the minimum wage substantially, so a University of Washington study released last month showing big job losses has received a lot of attention, and prompted many an I-told-you-so.<p>The job losses in the study were far greater than in a control …

Social Justice

Doctored Photos Go Largely Undetected by the Public, Study Shows

Fake news is pretty common these days, and it got that way because, sadly, many believe what they read even if it’s not rooted at all in the …

Photography

New evidence that lifestyle may be powerful medicine to prevent dementia

In a landmark report, scientists have endorsed three strategies for preventing dementia and cognitive decline associated with normal aging — being …

Dementia

Bitcoin study reveals how early adopters influence our decisions

Do early adopters matter? The people who chomp at the bit to get their hands on new technologies are often credited with ensuring their spread to the …

MIT Sloan

Research: Moral Appeals Can Help Reduce Tax Evasion

Tax evasion is a key societal challenge and causes considerable losses in government revenue. In the U.S., these losses are estimated to be about $500 billion, roughly the size of the federal government’s annual deficit.<p>How can we ensure that people report their income correctly? The classic …

Taxes

Gun Owners Are Voting Republican Now More Than Ever: Study

The political gap between gun owners and non-owners gets larger in nearly every election cycle, researchers have found.

Gun Control

Scientists Say You Have No Idea How Much Sugar You Eat

According to new research from the University of Reading, Brits consume up to 50 percent more sugar than they report on diet questionnaires.<p>No one needs to know about the bar of Dairy Milk you got through last night if the only witness to the chocolate binge was <i>Netflix</i>. Sure, you had a generous …

Sugar

Study finds most people can't spot manipulated photos, can you?

A new photography study from researchers at the University of Warwick has found that many people aren't very good at determining whether an image has …

Photography

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

If there are bona fide gender differences in preferences and interests, equal opportunities may never translate into equal outcomes.

Gender

40 million fewer people expected to vote in 2018, study finds

Roughly 40 million people who voted in the 2016 presidential election will not cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, according to a ...

Elections

Emails Show Bayer and Syngenta Fought Scientists for Data on Bees Study

Bayer and Syngenta repeatedly asked scientists to give them raw data on a major new study which found that neonicotinoid pesticides cause harm to …

Liberal POV

Should You Be Worried About Your Heartburn Medication Causing Dementia?

If you’re concerned that your heartburn medication could cause dementia, you’re not alone. A study published last year in the journal <i>JAMA Neurology</i> claimed to show a strong correlation between use of the meds and dementia, and headlines quickly sounded the public health alarm. But a new study …

Evidence-Based Medicine

End-Of-Life Medical Spending In Last Twelve Months Of Life Is Lower Than Previously Reported

• Eric B. French1,<br>• Jeremy McCauley2,<br>• Maria Aragon3,<br>• Pieter Bakx4,<br>• Martin Chalkley5,<br>• Stacey H. Chen6,<br>• Bent J. Christensen7,<br>• Hongwei Chuang8,<br>• Aurelie …

Health Policy

Vancouver Port to lead research on effects of ship noise on orcas

VANCOUVER -- A program led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will examine how endangered southern resident killer whales respond to slower …

What a new preschool study tells us about early child education – and about impact evaluation

When I talk to people about impact evaluation results, I often get two reactions:<p>Sure, that intervention delivered great results in a well-managed …

Education

Defense Ministry's push to fund research into dual-use technologies sparks ethics debate among scientists

After losing World War II, Japan decided to pursue pacifism under a war-renouncing Constitution and its scientists vowed to avoid military research …

War

Long Workdays May Be Bad for Your Heart

Working long hours may increase the risk for atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeats that can lead to serious cardiovascular complications, a new study in the European Heart Journal found.<p>Lengthy work hours have been shown in several previous studies to increase the risk for cardiovascular …

Diabetes

Turnbull closer to the 'sensible centre' than Abbott, research finds

The political leanings of the average Australian voter are much closer to those of Malcolm Turnbull than Tony Abbott, countering claims by some that …

Malcolm Turnbull

Prost! Kate drowns sorrows after boat race loss

Prince William punched the air in delight when his crew of eight rowers finished almost a length ahead of his wife's boat.<p>The Duke and Duchess acted …

Stem-Cell Research

Why are scientists redefining Alzheimer's disease?

<i>Genetic factors allow scientists to identify new variants that increase a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease.</i><p>Alzheimer's disease is a progressive …

Dementia

The Toll of Exercise on the Heart (and Why You May Not Need to Worry)

Does spending years running marathons or cycling for long distances potentially strain someone’s heart?<p>Two major new studies of athletes and their coronary arteries suggest that the answer may be a qualified yes. Both studies find that endurance athletes, especially men, who spend years training …

Health