Scientific 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

'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 …

Science

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

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 …

Career Development

Science 'Trumped' by belief

Donald Trump has sent worrying signals about his faith in established science<p>Donald Trump has stated clearly that he believes climate change is a …

Scientific Evidence

A manifesto to fight scientific one hit wonders

There's a famous quote by Sir Isaac Newton that goes, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." This notion is about …

Science

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

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

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

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 …

Research

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 …

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 …

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> …

Science

Phew! Taking selfies doesn't make you 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 narcissists.<p>Instead, the researchers found that selfie-takers fall into three categories: communicators, self-publicists and autobiographers.<p>"It's …

Life Sciences

25-year-old Lions running back says he's spending his offseason doing medical research on rats because it's good 'for the brain'

Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner had a strong finish to the 2016 season, totaling 311 yards and three touchdowns in the final four games.<p>So while it looks like he has a future in the NFL ahead of him, he's going to continue to pursue a career after football by spending his offseason doing …

Medical Research

The Limits of Sugar Guidelines

Is there a danger in governments offering too-specific advice on sugar consumption?<p>A firestorm recently erupted over a paper in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> that found official advice limiting sugar in diets to be based on “low” or “very low” quality evidence. Because a food-industry group had …

Medical Research

Software Can Now Predict If Some Patients Will Die Within a Year - Tonic

British researchers have developed artificial intelligence that can predict when people with a certain heart condition will die, and it could help doctors personalize their treatment.<p>For a study published in the journal <i>Radiology</i>, researchers with the UK's Medical Research Council wanted to predict …

Medicine

The value of basic research

Before building any large piece of infrastructure, potential investors or representatives from funding agencies or governments have to decide whether …

Research

Study: Exposure to pornography doesn't reduce attraction and love for romantic partners

A new research has cast doubt on findings from a 1989 study that had found that pornographic images could be damaging to romantic relationships.<p>The …

Psychology

Researchers have mapped the US by people’s fear of romantic intimacy

Does it ever seem like everyone around you is freaking out about their love life in exactly the same way?<p>According to research from the University of Michigan, that’s because geography has a role in our approach to romance. Researchers analyzed data from Americans in all 50 states, looking for two …

Psychology

Give the public the tools to trust scientists

Anita Makri argues that the form of science communicated in popular media leaves the public vulnerable to false certainty.<p>What is truth? How do we …

Science

Scientists Are Angry That This Baby Acupuncture Study Has Been Published

A study is out that claims to show that acupuncture can treat colic in babies. But scientists say it’s so bad that it’s embarrassing that the journal it’s in is published by the BMJ.<p>There’s a study out in a journal called <i>Acupuncture in Medicine (AIM)</i> that claims to have found evidence that …

Medical Research

3 Tips for Avoiding Fake News in Science

Astrophysicist Michael J. I. Brown offers some guidelines for identifying fake or bad science.<br>Read More

Research

Vast Review Of Cannabis Research Finds Medical, Legal Answers -- And Lack Thereof

The ground-breaking cannabis industry gained over $1 billion in funding last year with growing pains to match, featuring not just hefty political concerns but numerous medical ones, from its long-term psychological impacts to seemingly immediate, physical ones. Thanks to an ad-hoc team of experts, …

Marijuana

How the insights of the Large Hadron Collider are being made open to everyone

CERN isn't only breaking ground in physics, but also in open access to science. CERN, CC BYIf you visit the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) exhibition, …

Research

Metabolic proteins relocate to jump-start an embryo's genome, study finds

To turn on its genome—the full set of genes inherited from each parent—a mammalian embryo needs to relocate a group of proteins, researchers at the …

Stem-Cell Research

Your Drunken Urge For Pizza And Wings, Explained By Science

The new study was in mice, not humans, but it could offer clues about "false starvation."<p>Anyone who’s ever had a lot to drink probably knows the feeling: You want to chow down on pizza, fast food or other grub — and probably a lot of it. Now, a new study in mice may offer a possible explanation for …

Alcohol