Scientific Research

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

Antidepressants and pregnancy: study didn't find they actually cause autism

A new paper published today has reported a small increase in the number of children born with autism in mothers who were using antidepressant …

Research

5 Takeaways From the Study That Found Second-Born Boys Get Into More Trouble | Mental Floss

Researchers have tried to understand how siblings' birth order affects their competitiveness, intelligence, kindness and other personality traits for …

Cool Stuff

The Scientific Reason Why Some Humans Have 4 (or More) Nipples

Some people are born with more than they need: Extraordinarily good looks, heaps of talent, and, in <i>Dunkirk</i> star Harry Styles’s case, an extra pair of …

Harry Styles

The role of AI in the future of health care

American physician and surgeon William J. Mayo, one of the founders of the famed Mayo Clinic, stated, “The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.” Emerging applications of artificial intelligence (AI), as well as …

Medical Technology

Is Neuroscience Underpowered? "Power Failure" Revisited - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | July 19, 2017 2:03 pm<p>Back in 2013, a <i>Nature Reviews Neuroscience</i> paper appeared called Power failure: why small sample size …

Research

Why Are Dogs So Friendly? The Answer May Be in 2 Genes

Tail-wagging, face-licking, jump-in-your-lap friendliness is what dog lovers adore and cat people scorn. But like it or not, the incredible sociability of many — although not all — dogs is universally recognized. It sets dogs apart from their wild relatives.<p>Even the most socialized, friendly wolf …

Dogs

Individualism on the Rise Across the Globe

New research suggests the cultural phenomena that prioritizes independence and uniqueness is not merely a Western trait, but a practice that appears …

Psychology

The Uncertain Future of Genetic Testing

Bringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis, and personalized treatment—but for some, gene testing has only resulted in unanswered questions.<p>AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with a more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot …

DNA

How therapeutic are those therapy animals?

Some say more scientific studies needed to support trend that critters help our mental well-being.

Minneapolis

A Classroom Strategy: Using Models for Scientific Argumentation

« An Elementary Math Routine: Dot Image (Video) | Main<p>Kitten Vaa, a 2nd grade teacher at Brighton School in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., shares how she …

Research

There’s No Such Thing as Ghosts. Instead, One of These Scientific Phenomena Is at Play

Once, in middle school, a gang of boys and I were lured to a spot behind the Dunkin' Donuts in our town. We went after dark, to a place where a kid …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Disrupted sleep could increase the risk of dementia, studies suggest

Disrupted sleep could increase the risk of dementia, a series of major studies suggests.<p>Research on more than 1,600 people found that those suffering from disordered breathing at night were more likely to suffer an accumulation of proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease.<p>The three US studies examined …

Alzheimer's Disease

New Research Suggests at Least 75% of The Human Genome Is Junk DNA After All

If it's not, we're doing something very wrong.<p>At least three quarters of the human genome consists of non-functional, 'junk DNA', according to a new …

DNA

But the mad scientific method is so much more exciting

You know, the result in the right column is highly publishable, while the result on the left is just boring.rockpapercynic

Scientific Method

Scientists find two new risk genes for Alzheimer's

<i>A new large-scale genetic study provides a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease by uncovering two new risk genes.</i><p>New research moves us closer …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Brains With Alzheimer's Have More Bacteria Than Healthy Ones, Says New Study

Evidence is mounting.<p>New research shows bacteria that break through the brain's defences and infected neurons could play a role in the onset of …

Neuroscience

Hearing loss could pose greater risk of potential dementia in later life – study

Auditory issues could be an early sign of future risk of memory and thinking problems but more research is required to unpick the link, researchers say<p>People who experience hearing loss could be at greater risk of memory and thinking problems later in life than those without auditory issues, …

Dementia

3 Ways to Raise Your Kids to Think -- and Solve Problems -- Like an Entrepreneur

Kids who feel lost in the face of adversity today will encounter substantial challenges in the "Fourth Revolution" of tomorrow.<p>As every parent knows all too well, parenting doesn't come with a handbook. We all just do our best to find the line between protecting our kids and letting them learn from …

Scientific Method

Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life

The more regularly people report doing word puzzles such as crosswords, the better their brain function in later life, a large-scale and robust …

The Brain

How to Be an Effective Caregiver for a Person With Heart Failure

When Your Loved One Has Heart Failure<p>Finding out that your loved one has heart failure can be a shock to both of you. Heart failure is a serious …

Medical Research

What's the difference between an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis?

Every year, thousands of Australians are hospitalised for anaphylaxis, often as a result of food allergies.<p>With one in 20 children and about one in …

Medical Research

In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease

In certain states in southern India, anesthesiologists know to ask anyone undergoing surgery whether they belong to the Vysya, a group traditionally associated with traders and businesspeople.<p>Anecdotally, medical workers know that some people with Vysya ancestry have had fatal responses to common …

Health

Mental Illness Is Far More Common Than We Knew

Most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a bout of debilitating mental illness. Despite their familiarity, however, these kinds of …

Mental Disorders

It’s an irony explosion!

The crew at Answers in Genesis, who believe in defiance of all the scientific evidence the absurd idea that the Earth is only 6000 years old, have a …

Scientific Evidence

A Step Toward Scientific Integrity at the EPA

Scott Pruitt sweeps out Obama-era science advisers. The agency needs truly independent ones.<p>The Trump administration in May began the process of replacing the small army of outside science advisers at the Environmental Protection Agency. In June, 38 additional EPA advisers were notified that their …

Climate

False positives in sensitive survey questions?

<i>This is a follow-up to</i> <i>my earlier blog on list experiments for sensitive questions</i><i>, which, thanks to our readers generated many responses via the</i> …

Research

Dislike for Unfamiliar Groups of People May Be Learned

A new study suggests that although we are inherently drawn to familiar groups of people, having dislike for unfamiliar groups appears to be a learned …

University of British Columbia

Proposed Study Hopes to Bring Life to Patients with Critical Brain Injuries

Nothing is as certain as death. Yet humans have come up with ways to push it further and further. The heart stops beating? Do CPR. The lungs fail? …

Stem-Cell Research

Weekend reading

• NIMBY vs YIMBY arguments on increasing housing supply<br>• Scientific evidence for why some buildings delight us and others—too many of them—disappoint<br>• How …

Scientific Evidence