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  • Science & the Public

    Trump’s proposed 2018 budget takes an ax to science research funding

    Tornadoes in the southeast, Earth’s magnetic field and obesity might not seem to have much in common. Well, now they do.

    Under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, federal research spending into all three areas — and many others — would decline abruptly. The president delivered his budget request to Congress on May 23, presenting the sharpest picture yet of his administration’s...

    05/26/2017 - 17:26 Science & Society
  • Science & the Public

    You’ve probably been tricked by fake news and don’t know it

    If you spent Thanksgiving trying in vain to convince relatives that the Pope didn’t really endorse Donald Trump or that Hillary Clinton didn’t sell weapons to ISIS, fake news has already weaseled its way into your brain.

    Those “stories” and other falsified news outperformed much of the real news on Facebook before the 2016 U.S. presidential election. And on Twitter, an analysis by...

    12/04/2016 - 06:00 Psychology, Science & Society
  • Culture Beaker

    Attempt to shame journalists with chocolate study is shameful

    “I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.”

    That’s the headline on a May 27 article by science journalist John Bohannon that revealed the backstory of a sting operation he conducted earlier this year. Bohannon and a German television reporter teamed up to “demonstrate just how easy it is to turn bad science into the big headlines behind diet fads.” So they...

    05/28/2015 - 18:09 Science & Society, Health
  • Feature

    Sam Ting tries to expose dark matter's mysteries

    In the near vacuum of outer space, each rare morsel of matter tells a story. A speedy proton may have been propelled by the shock wave of an exploding star. A stray electron may have teetered on the precipice of a black hole, only to be flung away in a powerful jet of searing gas.

    Since 2011, the International Space Station has housed an experiment that aims to decipher those origin...

    03/06/2015 - 12:27 Particle Physics, Cosmology
  • Wild Things

    Offshore wind farms may be seal feeding grounds

    In the search for cleaner forms of energy, many communities and nations have turned to wind. While wind can be intermittent in strength, it can be harnessed easily for renewable, carbon-free energy. But this form of energy has proven to be not entirely environmentally friendly. Bird and bat deaths are common. And some people have complained about the noise generated by wind farms. Others have...

    07/21/2014 - 16:02 Ecosystems, Oceans, Animals
  • Gory Details

    Here’s the poop on getting your gut microbiome analyzed

    Guest post by Tina Hesman Saey

    I donated my used toilet paper to science. The act wasn’t a prank or a weird protest; it was an effort to discover what microbes are living in my intestines.

    Those microbes in and on your body include bacteria, which outnumber your own cells 10 to 1. Together with with fungi, archea, viruses and other single-celled organisms, they are known...

    06/17/2014 - 16:38 Microbiology, Genetics
  • Wild Things

    Mama frog’s care includes a gift of poison

    Strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) don't create their own poison. The Central American frogs sequester the alkaloid chemicals from the mites, ants and other arthropods they eat and store it in glands on their skin. Predators that ignore the bright red “don't eat me” warning pigmentation get a nasty surprise — a bad taste in their mouth, sickness or even death.

    Tadpoles of a...

    03/24/2014 - 11:30 Animals
  • Wild Things

    Australian flowers bloom red because of honeyeaters

    Australia is a bird lover’s delight. Even those of us who haven’t taken up birding as an obsession can’t help but be delighted by the wealth of brightly colored, charismatic species.

    One large and diverse group of birds commonly found in Australia is the honeyeaters. These small- to medium-sized birds feed on the nectar of flowers, similar to the hummingbirds of the Americas (though...

    03/06/2014 - 19:07 Plants, Animals
  • Wild Things

    Animal mummies were a message direct to the gods

    Ancient Egyptians killed a lot of animals and turned them into mummies, but the purpose for such sacrifices isn’t always clear. At the highest levels of Egyptian society, people were buried with their mummified pets, presumably because they were beloved animals. Many tombs also included mummified animal meat, such as whole ducks and the forelegs of bulls, probably meant to feed the human...

    01/06/2014 - 15:52 Archaeology, Animals
  • Feature

    Space Eats

    Even an Iron Chef couldn’t master what a food-centric cadre of NASA scientists do every day: Devise tasty, healthy meals for astronauts to take into low-Earth orbit and beyond — perhaps even to Mars.

    Feeding people in space is harder than it sounds. Meals have to contain enough nutrients to keep the human body functioning in near-zero gravity. Slicing, dicing and stir-...

    11/04/2011 - 10:52