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Can Teamwork Solve One Of Psychology’s Biggest Problems?
December 13th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Psychologist Christopher Chartier admits to a case of “physics envy.” That field boasts numerous projects on which international research teams come together to tackle big questions. Just think of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider or LIGO, which recently detected gravitational waves for the first time. Both are huge collaborations that study problems too big for one […]
There’s No Such Thing As ‘Sound Science’
December 6th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Science is being turned against itself. For decades, its twin ideals of transparency and rigor have been weaponized by those who disagree with results produced by the scientific method. Under the Trump administration, that fight has ramped up again. In a move ostensibly meant to reduce conflicts of interest, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt […]
Maybe You’d Exercise More If It Didn’t Feel So Crappy
December 5th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Some people love to exercise. But plenty more do not, and urging them on with information about how healthy exercise can be hasn’t exactly been shown to sway the masses. Only about half of Americans report meeting the government’s exercise recommendations, so some scientists are exploring another idea: Let’s make exercise feel better. To do […]
A Food Fight Has Broken Out Between The USDA And FDA
December 4th, 2017, 04:43 PM
As Trump tweets, government acts. Welcome to Meanwhile, our recurring look at what federal agencies are up to and how their work affects people’s lives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are in a rare public dust-up concerning oversight of an obscure group that helps determine international food standards. The […]
Criminologists Are Asking Jeff Sessions To Release FBI Crime Data
November 30th, 2017, 04:43 PM
As Trump tweets, government acts. Welcome to Meanwhile, our recurring look at what federal agencies are up to and how their work affects people’s lives. When data goes missing, researchers take notice. On Tuesday, a research alliance representing two professional associations of criminologists lodged a formal statement of concern with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and […]
The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex
November 28th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Graphics by Ella Koeze Karen Wille saw her panda friend for the last time in July 2016. He was in bad shape. He was skinny. His once-sleek black-and-white fur had dulled. Wille, a board member and volunteer with the nonprofit Pandas International, knew better than to expect wildlife-calendar perfection, airbrushed and coiffed. Even the most […]
The Workplace Culture In Congress Fuels Sexual Harassment
November 27th, 2017, 04:43 PM
The wave of sexual harassment allegations that has rippled across industries — implicating Hollywood producers and stars, chefs, Olympic coaches and officials, journalists, state legislators and comedians — is now hitting Congress with a vengeance. Even before news of accusations against Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, a female member of Congress spoke out […]
One Thanksgiving Won’t Make You Obese. Twenty Thanksgivings, Though …
November 20th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Roasted turkey, apple pie, smashed potatoes, rolls and buns. Jello salad. Gravy boats. Green beans drowned in french onions. Even as our souls cry out for the comforts of Thanksgiving, the media is bombarding our eyeballs with concerns about dreaded holiday weight gain. The result is an internal mess. We want to be healthy … […]
Climate Science Isn’t Being Silenced Everywhere In Washington
November 17th, 2017, 04:43 PM
As Trump tweets, government acts. Welcome to Meanwhile, our recurring look at what federal agencies are up to and how their work affects people’s lives. The deletion of references to climate change from government websites has become a perennial headline under the Trump administration — but one that doesn’t tell the whole story. The websites […]
Handwriting Analysis Can’t Exonerate Roy Moore
November 17th, 2017, 04:43 PM
In an attempt to disprove one of several sexual misconduct allegations against him, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has turned to a dubious science: handwriting analysis. In a press conference this week, Moore’s lawyer tried to cast doubt on allegations that Moore sexually assaulted Beverly Young Nelson in 1977 by suggesting that a note in […]
Taking On Obamacare With Tax Reform May Backfire For Republicans
November 15th, 2017, 04:43 PM
At first glance, adding a provision to the Senate tax bill that would repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate seems like a huge political risk for Republicans. On second glance, “blunder” might be a more accurate assessment. Why? Because Republicans, who were already advancing a tax bill that was not particularly popular but had some momentum toward […]
Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?
November 14th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single swoop. The Human Genome Project took a decade. Finding the first gravitational waves took multiple decades. So it’s hard to overstate the enormous leap forward that astronomy took […]
The Healthiest State In The Country Has Some Of The Steepest Premiums
November 13th, 2017, 04:43 PM
When Dave Rossi visited Breckenridge, Colorado, in the summer of 2001, he intended to stay for a season and then return to California. But Summit County’s mountain lifestyle lured him into staying. He set up his own design and marketing business and built a life full of mountain biking, hiking, skiing and other outdoor pursuits. […]
Can California Save Obamacare From Trump?
November 2nd, 2017, 04:43 PM
At the Clinica Sierra Vista offices in Fresno, the heart of California’s Central Valley, Melissa Reyna and her colleagues have spent the past several weeks prepping for open enrollment, the time of year when people who buy private insurance on the state’s health insurance marketplace can pick a plan for the following year’s coverage. This […]
Trump’s Nominee For NASA Chief Could Remake The Agency
October 31st, 2017, 04:43 PM
Before Rep. Jim Bridenstine was nominated to lead NASA, he already had unorthodox ideas about what it should do. In 2016, as one of Oklahoma’s congressmen, he proposed the American Space Renaissance Act, which he called a “pioneering doctrine” that would refocus NASA’s mission. The space agency would concentrate on human spaceflight and “permanently secure […]
Declaring Opioids A Health Emergency Could Make Treatment More Widely Available
October 26th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Graphics by Rachael Dottle and Ella Koeze As the country reels from record-high rates of opioid abuse and overdoses, medication-assisted treatment — which combines medication and behavioral therapy — has shown particular promise in combating the epidemic. But it also faces major challenges to widespread use, including the costs and limits on doctors who can […]
What Would Happen If There Were No Number 6?
October 24th, 2017, 04:43 PM
The questions that kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places that adults forget to explore. That is what inspired our series Science Question From A Toddler, which uses kids’ curiosity as a jumping-off point to investigate the scientific wonders that adults don’t even think […]
The GOP’s Abortion Ban Is About Politics, Not Science
October 23rd, 2017, 04:43 PM
To hear the bill’s sponsors tell it, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) is about safeguarding fetuses that science has proven are capable of feeling pain. “No pain capable baby should have to undergo agonizing dismemberment in an elective late term abortion,” wrote the bill’s sponsor, Republican Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, in a […]
A State-By-State Guide To Those Wonky Obamacare Payments You Keep Hearing About
October 19th, 2017, 04:43 PM
Some Obamacare plans are going to get more expensive next year, whether Congress likes it or not. The deal that two senators announced Tuesday to shore up the Obamacare marketplaces might have sounded like good news to the millions who rely on them. But even if that deal were to become law (and that already […]
A Blood Test Promised To Make Me A Better Runner, But It Just Made Me Worry I Pee Too Much
October 17th, 2017, 04:43 PM
My date with the phlebotomist was surprisingly convenient. She came to my house in rural Colorado and drew a few tiny tubes of my blood. She then sent those vials to Quest Diagnostics for its Blueprint for Athletes test, which promised to reveal crucial information about how the biomarkers in my blood related to my […]