Scientific Research

Researchers Are Trying to Better Understand Orgasm Faking

It’s very easy to make jokes about the subject of orgasm faking. Because the subject entails so much embarrassment and insecurity, particularly of a …

Psychology

How Science Sorts Fact From Alternative Fact

<i>You have the facts; now share them</i>, reads an advertisement urging me to buy a gift subscription to Scientific American. Perhaps we’re seeing a backlash against Kellyanne Conway’s infamous “alternative facts,” or a response to fears that the U.S. has entered a post-truth era. One way or another, …

Scientific Method

Why we joined the March for Science

After events across the world on Saturday we asked readers working in or involved in science to tell us why they were taking action<p>Scientists from around the world took to the streets and organised online in events advocating evidence-based policy on 22 April.<p>The global March for Science started as …

March for Science

Why I marched for science

When the March for Science was first announced, I wasn't planning to go. I was unsure what role scientists should have in politics and wary of …

Scientific Method

Making a case in the streets for federal support for science

Organizers of the March for Science said that the event in Washington, D.C., and the satellite marches across the country this weekend were just the …

Science

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

The story of an amazing discovery.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in …

Diabetes

How walking benefits the brain: Researchers show that foot's impact helps control, increase the amount of blood sent to the brain

Researchers show that foot's impact helps control, increase the amount of blood sent to the brain<p>You probably know that walking does your body good, …

Neurology

Scientists Actually Did Some Science at the March for Science

The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this …

Science

Game-changing PanDDA method unveils previously hidden 3-D structure data

Scientists have utilised Diamond Light Source to develop a new method to extract previously hidden information from the X-ray diffraction data that …

Chemistry

Report: Cancer Journal Retracts a Record Hundred and Seven Studies

Scientists don’t work in a vacuum. Their work should always come along with a rigorous review process to ensure their methods and results aren’t …

Research

'Evidence not arrogance': UK supporters join global March for Science

Academics and industry workers rally in British cities amid fears that ‘post-truth’ era is devaluing evidence-based research<p>Thousands of scientists, academics and celebrities have marched in cities across the UK to protest at the rise of a “post-truth” era and its threat to academia.<p>The marches, …

Climate Change

People are taking to the streets to defend science – but it could come at a cost

Scientists around the world are facing a dilemma. A March for Science will be taking place in Washington DC on 22 April, with solidarity marches in …

Science

The ayahuasca ceremony is going under the scientific-method microscope

Before neuroscientist Leanna Standish drank the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca for the first time, she was a steadfast scientific materialist. She was trained to believe—and she did—that everything could be explained by science. Then, much like the pioneering psychedelic researchers who came before …

Medical Research

More surgeons must start doing basic science

They say they don't have the time or incentives to do research — and that’s dangerous for translational medicine.<p>In Steven Soderbergh’s classy …

Medical Research

Scientists say most marijuana strains act basically the same

A variety of medicinal marijuana buds in jars are pictured at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California U.S., …

Medical Marijuana

Why scientists should start taking orgasm seriously

Orgasms are big business, but there’s surprising little scientific research being done into how they actually work. There are urgent reasons to fix this<p>As a DPhil student on a four-year funded programme, I had the rare luxury of a year to decide on the major focus of my research. After reading …

Psychology

March for science and a better America: Rutgers president

Take it from a neuroscientist, government research has powered U.S. jobs, health and global clout.<p>Scientists and other concerned citizens will gather in Washington and hundreds of other cities this weekend to march for science. From astrophysicists, biologists, chemistry teachers and computer …

Science

Breakthroughs arise from a precise mix of old and new knowledge, say scientists

Analysis of millions of studies and patents found that the most influential science draws a clear line to the work of previous generations of …

Research

Scientists Don't View Reproducibility as 'Risky Business'

President of the National Academy of Sciences says article's characterization of meeting was unfair.

Research

If the March for Science stays on topic it could make some breakthroughs

As the March for Science nears, questions about whether scientists can and should advocate for public policy become more important. On one hand, …

Climate Change

South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses

The compound seems nontoxic, but it would be useful to know how it works.<p>From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast …

Flu

Too many studies have hidden conflicts of interest. A new tool makes it easier to see them.

PubMed, the Google of scientific search, is now publishing funding information in its abstracts.<p>I once got a press release about a "landmark” study showing cranberry juice could cut the risk of urinary tract infections.<p>This study piqued my interest. All the credible research I’d seen on cranberry …

Research

Text Mining to Improve the Health of Millions of Citizens

<i>By Kenji Takeda</i>, Director of Azure for Research at Microsoft.<p>Doctors face daily decisions about the best care for their patients, and their own …

Medical Research

Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things

Scientists should reconsider how they deploy their knowledge.Photo illustration by <b>Slate</b>. Photo by DragonImages/Thinkstock. If you consider yourself …

Climate Change

What all those scientists on Twitter are really doing

Analysis reveals that female researchers are over-represented on the social-media site and that mathematicians and life scientists are less likely to …

Genetics

Concussion Testing Is Flawed, But It's Not The Real Problem

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> published a devastating story today about Kenney Bui, a high school football player in Washington state who died two years ago …

Medical Research

This Browser Extension Will Help You Read Paywalled Science Papers for Free

Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can’t read the research yourself. If it’s not open access and you’re …

Research

Running Success Can Be Contagious, Says New Study

Can your friends affect how many miles you cover—or the pace you set—each time you head out for a run? The answer seems to be yes, according to a new …

Psychology

Want to Fix Science’s Replication Crisis? Then Replicate

Every month or so, the media reports on the latest so-called superfood that will either cure or cause cancer. As a scientist and lover of social …

Research

How Natural Selection Works in The Animal Kingdom

If you're reading this today, you can partly thank natural selection for that. Have you ever wondered why some animals are able to blend in with …

Nature