Scientific Research

This Duckling Debate Shows How Science Really Gets Done

There’s a formula to how you experience science: First, splashy press releases come out about a study, like ducklings being capable of abstract …

Science

Study suggests that women are more ethical than men in science, and that may hold them back

Being ethical is a good thing. Right? A new paper based on interviews with more than 100 physicists in the U.S. and Britain suggests that ethics may …

Gender

U.S. researchers guilty of misconduct later won more than $100 million in NIH grants, study finds

Many believe that once a scientist is found guilty of research misconduct, his or her scientific career is over. But a new study suggests that, for …

Research

Across All Fields, International Collaborations Is How Science Gets Done

Countries Collaborate for the Sake of Science<p>According to research presented earlier this month, more scientists from all over the world are …

Science

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'

Science correspondent, Today programme<p><b>Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, research suggests.</b><p>This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of …

Research

Women Aren't Failing At Science — Science Is Failing Women

Lorena Rivera León, <i>United Nations University</i><p>Female research scientists are more productive than their male colleagues, though they are widely perceived as being less so. Women are also rewarded less for their scientific achievements.<p>That’s according to my team’s recent study for United Nations …

Women's News

Supercomputer tests ways to divert blood from aneurysm

Engineers used supercomputing to model the complex physics of blood flow to an aneurysm. Their findings could lead to better treatments.

Evidence-Based Medicine

Inside the debate about power posing: a Q & A with Amy Cuddy |

Four and a half years after her popular TED Talk, the social psychologist updates the research on posture and hormones, responds to critics and …

Psychology

Researchers build nightmare spider robot that’s faster than a real bug

It’s estimated that as much as 30% of the population has some degree of arachnophobia, making it one of the more common fears among humanity. It …

Robotics

Here's a use for the Apple Watch: medical research

For folks who still use an <b>Apple Watch</b>, the ability to track health metrics like sleep and heart rate is nice to have.<p>Researchers at <b>Johns Hopkins</b> …

Medical Research

Opinion: Why Intel’s dropping of science fair is a bad idea

By Scott Duke Kominers, (c) 2017, Bloomberg View<p>Last week, the Society for Science and the Public announced that Intel has stopped sponsoring the …

Education

No publication without confirmation

Jeffrey S. Mogil and Malcolm R. Macleod propose a new kind of paper that combines the flexibility of basic research with the rigour of clinical …

Medical Research

Do pet cats cause schizophrenia? A new study suggests no.

As if parents of young children didn’t have enough things to worry about, here’s another: Some scientists think pet cats might increase kids’ risk of developing schizophrenia.<p>But there’s good news out of this growing field of research, which focuses on the links between a cat-borne parasite that …

Psychiatry

The science world is plagued by 'citation cartels'

They're not the kind of gangs that smuggle drugs and murder people. But people looking closely at the scientific literature have discovered that a …

Research

Stephen E. Fienberg (1942–2016)

Statistician who campaigned for better science in court.<p>Stephen Fienberg was the ultimate public statistician. One of his most significant social …

Research

We all tend to be a little lazy, and this new study explains why

If you feel like you don’t want to complete more difficult tasks, a new study suggests why: Our brains may tend to opt for the easier solution — even …

Psychology

Longevity-promoting superstar gets revealed in Caenorhabditis reproducibility project: Genetic background and scientific methods impact efforts to identify compounds that affect longevity

Genetic background and scientific methods impact efforts to identify compounds that affect longevity<p>The amyloid dye Thioflavin T emerged as the …

Longevity

Fake news and neurobabble: how do we critically assess what we read?

With unprecedented access to news and knowledge, how do we make judgements about what we read? Neuroscience news is a case in point<p>In an era of fake news and alternative facts, it seems as if our collective ability to critically assess information is starting to falter. We have unprecedented access …

Research

Step counting apps could be bad for you, claims leading computer scientist

Few are based on scientific evidence<p>Don't bin you Fitbits just yet, but a leading computer scientist has suggested that step counting apps could be …

Scientific Evidence

Editorial: Fetal tissue bill is anti-life, anti-science

Among the threats to scientific advances are politicians who do not understand science. Unfortunately, too many of these politicians land jobs in the …

Medical Research

Don’t let the war on science stop valuable yet silly-seeming research, like shrimps on treadmills

At a time when politicians are attacking science, its practitioners are coming out in hordes to defend their profession. A common attack is to claim that a lot of money is being “wasted” on what on face value seems silly science.<p>At the American Association for Advancement of Science meeting in …

Science

Unethical behavior vs. being a bad guy - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

I happened to come across this article and it reminded me of the general point that it’s possible to behave unethically without being a “bad guy.”<p>The …

Research

Organoids are the miniature organs that are helping medical research in a big way

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>Most of the research behind new medical advances is carried out …

Stem-Cell Research

How Paralyzed People Are Typing With Their Thoughts

Patients used this tool to type between 6 and 8 words a minute<p>Ten years ago, John Gardener fell and permanently damaged his spinal cord. Since then, he has had no function below his collar bones, relying solely on devices to communicate. While people have become accustomed to the kind of tech that …

The Brain

Researchers Have Found a Way to Delay Aging

Focusing on the Cell’s Power House<p>More and more, scientists are becoming convinced that aging is a disease that can be stopped or, at least, slowed. …

Longevity

The invisible problem in gun violence research

<b>BOSTON--</b>What happens when guns are present at the scene of domestic disputes—but not fired? It’s a slice of gun research that’s “largely invisible,” …

Guns

This Neuroscientist Wants to Know Why People Who See UFOs Feel So Good - Motherboard

Each year, Phoenix, Arizona hosts the International UFO Congress, the largest annual gathering dedicated to the study of this phenomenon, otherwise known as ufology. One of the most striking things I noticed while speaking with attendees at this year's congress was their insistence on the reality …

Research

Beyond fact-checking: After the catastrophic media failure of 2016, the press must master “crucial evidence”

Philosopher William Berkson has an antidote for bogus media "balance": Some evidence matters more<p>The media failed disastrously during the 2016 presidential election. The only questions, really, are how and why — and what can be done about it. This is especially urgent as President Donald Trump, …

Liberal POV

Could We Be Outgrowing the Scientific Method?

Laws, Theories, and Hypotheses<p>Over the past century, science has advanced considerably. It’s broadened in terms of scale and scope, as it now covers …

Scientific Method

The secret of scientists who impact policy

For influence, engaging stakeholders is key, study shows<p>Why does some research lead to changes in public policy, while other studies of equal quality …

Research