Scientific Research

Dozens of Scientific Journals Offered Her a Job. But She Didn't Exist

If you received a resumé and cover letter from an Anna O. Fraud, you might sense something fishy. If you got one from an Anna O. Szust, you'd …

TIME

The One Habit That Puts a Lot of Science Research Into Question

Mice have been integral to uncovering some major modern scientific mysteries, ranging from PTSD, cocaine addiction, aging reversal, and more.<p>But a …

Inverse

Sting Operation Reveals Science's Insane Fake News Problem

If someone applied to a top position at a company, you’d hope a hiring manager would at least Google the applicant to ensure they’re qualified. A …

Gizmodo

As Trump Guts Science, Who Benefits?

President Donald Trump's first budget request to Congress includes cutting 20% of the funding for the institute that supports the most basic biomedical research in the country, The National Institutes of Health. Funding to other scientific agencies, especially those focused on climate change and …

The Huffington Post

Stop Assessing Science

Icompletely agree with PZ, in part because I’ve heard the same tune before.The results indicate that the investigators contributing to Volume 61 of …

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The idea of monogamy as a relationship ideal is based on flawed science

Is monogamy actually better than non-monogamy?<p>It’s still very much an open question—and one with no clear answers, in part because scientists can’t break free of a certain worldview gripping their field.<p>Monogamy is so much a part of the emotional makeup of Western culture that even people who study …

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How Deadly Spider Venom Might Save Lives

Funnel web spiders are a perplexing bunch. The eight-legged Australian creatures can kill with their venom, but are simultaneously required for …

Gizmodo

Hey, Look! Federal Bureaucrats Are Backing Off

When I was an academic economist, I sometimes did lab experiments. These would usually involve a simulated financial market, where a room full of students would trade made-up assets for an hour or so. Made-up money was the prize, with successful traders getting more of it.<p>Nobody was put in medical, …

Bloomberg

Debate Yourself and You’ll Make Better Decisions

New research shows how inner dialogue can boost critical thinking.<p>Next time you’re trying to figure out where you stand on any given issue (be it …

Critical Thinking

Tail or tunnel? Mouse-handling methods could influence experiments

As you might remember from high school chemistry class, it's important to take every component into account when designing scientific experiments. …

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Researchers adapt a DIY robotics kit to automate biology experiments

Elementary and secondary school students who later want to become scientists and engineers often get hands-on inspiration by using off-the-shelf kits …

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National Science Statement a positive gesture but lacks policy solutions: experts

<i>Today the Australian government launched the National Science Statement, outlining its commitment to science as part of the National Innovation and</i> …

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Beware the hype on stem-cell breakthroughs

Health science gets a lot of attention in the popular press. People love hearing about breakthroughs, paradigm shifts and emerging cures. The problem is, these stories are almost always misleading.<p>While optimistic miscalculations of the state of biomedical research may seem as if it were a harmless …

Stem-Cell Research

Study Finds Little Evidence for Relationship Between Video Games and Sexism, But Findings Get Hyped Anyway

A new study published in Frontiers on Psychology claims to find links between video game playing and sexist attitudes. But a close look at the study suggests it may be a better example of how crude science with weak results is often hyped for extravagant claims. Let’s take a look.<p>The study, …

The Huffington Post

A groundbreaking study on the dangers of 'microplastics' may be unraveling

It's a cold, dreary day in early March, and Josefin Sundin is standing in one of the two aquarium rooms at the Ar Research Station on a remote corner …

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How we edit science part 3: impact, curiosity and red flags

<i>We take science seriously at The Conversation and we work hard at reporting it accurately. This series of five posts is adapted from an internal</i> …

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Studies of scientific bias targeting the right problems, study finds

The researchers examined seven hypothesized kinds of scientific bias:<p>Small-study effect: when studies with small sample sizes report large effect …

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Quantifying patterns of research-interest evolution

Letter<p>Tao Jia ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-2337-2857<br>• , Dashun Wang<br>• & Boleslaw K. Szymanski<p><i>Nature Human Behaviour</i> <b>1</b>, Article number: 0078 …

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Research Deregulation in Psychology Not Cause for Celebration

No one wants an overburdening and unnecessary bureaucracy to control one’s life’s work, but IRBs were instituted to protect subjects who have …

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The More Widely Cited A Study Is, The More Likely It Is To Exaggerate, Says This Study

A major analysis of bias in science has found that small studies, early studies and highly cited studies consistently overstate the effects they find.<p>Scientific studies which are cited by lots of other papers are more likely to show evidence of bias, according to new research.<p>Small studies, the …

BuzzFeed

Trump Wants To Kill Biomedical Research. This Is Cruel And Pointless

Donald Trump proposed a budget this week that will cut funding to NIH by nearly $6 billion, or 20% of its $31 billion budget. A cut of this magnitude would be devastating for biomedical research, and for the health of the nation.<p>This is colossally short-sighted, stupid and even cruel. The U.S. …

Biomedical Research

This Startup Will Sequence Your DNA, So You Can Contribute To Medical Research | Fast Company

But DNA sequencing is still far from mainstream. The number of people who have this level of insight into their genetic code is probably in the “five-digit range,” according to Leslie G. Biesecker of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Part of the problem is that many people are not aware …

Fast Company

San people of Africa draft code of ethics for researchers

<b>CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—</b>The San people of Southern Africa are among the closest living relatives of our hunting and gathering ancestors. Scientists …

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Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Slashes Funding for Health, Energy, and Environmental Agencies

Deep Cuts For Science<p>President Donald Trump’s proposed budget was released on March 16, and analysis of its cuts began almost immediately. The …

Biomedical Research

Microsoft researchers bring computer power to social science - Next at Microsoft

It’s called the prisoner’s dilemma and it goes like this: You and a fellow gang member are in jail. One of you committed a heinous crime, but the …

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Medical research is on Trump's chopping block. Why bother looking for cancer cures, anyway?

Donald Trump’s budget proposes a “major reorganization” of the National Institutes of Health budget. What that means is that he wants to reorganize …

Medical Research

Trump's budget puts local public health, medical research and jobs at risk

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes cuts in public health and medical research funding that would both eliminate …

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Psychology turns to online crowdsourcing to study the mind, but it's not without its pitfalls

You may not know this, but a great deal of our data about the human mind is based on a relatively small but intensively studied population: …

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Health Journalists Focus Heavily On Initial, Positive Studies That May Be Refuted, Says Study

Will people read about null research findings? And are such findings news? These are critical questions facing health reporters, because news …

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Longitudinal Study - V

One goal of engineering education is to equip students with knowledge of basic engineering content and ability to solve engineering problems. Another …

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