You don’t need a white lab coat or goggles for this research. Meet citizen science, the engagement of everyday folks in contributing to projects that require sorting through mountains of data and images. Interpretation: Now, anyone with computer skills can participate in research. Continue reading “Citizen science: New path for research”
Kids and parents flocked to Family Science Days over the weekend for hands-on science learning experiences. Children of all ages shook hands with robots and peered through high-powered microscopes.
The free exhibit with loads of activities highlighted the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Chicago. Chicago area museums, Argonne National Laboratory and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory hooked kids on science at a menagerie of booths.
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What started out as a talk discussing scientific research as a tool for strengthening international relations ended in a heated debate about more selfish motives that sometimes lurk beneath a shiny, humanitarian facade.
“Fortunately, the room is well-cooled,” said Philemon Mjwara, of the South Africa Department of Science and Technology, Republic of Africa. Continue reading “Competing goals of international scientific collaboration”
CHICAGO—Upstairs in the Hyatt Regency, researchers unveiled their latest findings to thousands of scientists from all over the world. Downstairs, the audience was, well—smaller.
Continue reading “Picasso under the microscope—conference gives kids a closer look at art on the nanoscale”
Today’s couples are using marriage as a tool to better themselves and expect a more intense partnership — but that means they spend less time alone, according to Eli Finkel, professor of psychology at Northwestern University.
That intense togetherness can lead to what Finkel describes as suffocation. Continue reading “Adding air: ‘Re-oxygenate’ marriage in an era of suffocation”
When it comes to feeding the world’s population, most fundamental natural resource we have is our soil.
And it’s degrading away, said Jerry Hatfield, laboratory director and supervisory plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture research service. Continue reading “Food security comes down to the nitty gritty: Dirt and money”
Why do Americans make the health decisions that they do? What causes people to ignore the advice of doctors, or the research results of scientists? Continue reading “How social cues impact health decisions”
You don’t have to count them. There were about 100,000 peer-reviewed papers about the brain published last year, according to Henry Markram.
“The amount of data that we’re generating about the brain is rising at an incredible rate,” said Markram, coordinator of The Human Brain Project at EPFL,the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. There, researchers are developing new methods to understanding how the brain operates. Continue reading “Researchers finding new ways to explore the human brain”
Scientists always promise anonymity in relying on volunteers to donate their DNA for analysis in quests for new treatments and causes of disease.
But hackers – or almost anyone equipped with a computer and Internet connection – has the potential to reveal the identities of volunteers, a group of researchers has found. Continue reading “DNA donors can’t count on anonymity”
Biologist Paul Ehrlich warned that overpopulation would lead to mass starvation in his landmark 1968 book, The Population Bomb.
More than 45 years later, Ehrlich and other experts repeated the warning with increased urgency as climate change escalates threats to food production. Ehrlich calls for increased empowerment and education for women, giving them the ability to choose smaller families and control population, as one solution. Continue reading “‘Humanity’s gamble’ of feeding growing populations”
Is your last name Jones, Brown or Williams? If it is, you have lots of company. Common names can lend to confusion – especially on a global scale.