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  • Scicurious

    Analysis finds gender bias in peer-reviewer picks

    Gender bias works in subtle ways, even in the scientific process. The latest illustration of that: Scientists recommend women less often than men as reviewers for scientific papers, a new analysis shows. That seemingly minor oversight is yet another missed opportunity for women that might end up having an impact on hiring, promotions and more.  

    Peer review is one of the bricks in the...

    02/03/2017 - 12:30 Science & Society
  • Awards

    20162016 Folio: AwardsBest single article, Consumer, Science, Gene Drives Unleashed, Tina Hesman Saey (Dec. 12, 2015 issue).Best series of articles, Consumer, Science, The discovery of gravitational waves. Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves – LIGO experiment reports first detection of spacetime vibrations, opening new window to the cosmos.Listening for Gravity Waves – News from Advanced LIGO...
    01/30/2017 - 18:54
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    01/30/2017 - 15:54
  • Feature

    With dinosaurs out of the way, mammals had a chance to thrive

    For dinosaurs, the end of the world began in fire.

    The space rock that stamped a Vermont-sized crater into the Earth 66 million years ago packed a powerful punch. Any animal living within about a thousand miles of the impact zone was probably vaporized, says paleontologist Stephen Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

    “Everything would have been toast.”

    But...

    01/25/2017 - 14:30 Paleontology, Evolution, Animals
  • News

    Unusually loose skin helps hagfish survive shark attacks

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    NEW ORLEANS, La. – Skin that mostly hangs loose around hagfishes proves handy for living through a shark attack or wriggling through a crevice.

    The skin on hagfishes’ long, sausage-style bodies is attached in a line down the center of their backs and in flexible connections where glands release slime, explained Douglas Fudge of Chapman University in Orange, Calif....

    01/06/2017 - 18:26 Animals, Conservation
  • News

    Debate heats up over claims that hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold

    It seems logical to expect cold water to freeze faster than hot, but some experiments have suggested the opposite. There’s now a new explanation for why hot water might freeze faster than cold under certain conditions. The phenomenon, known as the Mpemba effect, may be due to the properties of the bonds that link up neighboring water molecules, a team of chemists reports. Yet other researchers...

    01/06/2017 - 10:37 Chemistry
  • News in Brief

    More fast radio bursts detected from same location

    A chatty source of radio waves from deep space has a little more to say. Six more blasts of radio energy, each lasting just a few milliseconds, erupted from some phenomenon outside of our galaxy, researchers report in the Dec. 20 Astrophysical Journal. This detection follows 11 previously recorded outbursts of radio waves from the same location, the only known repeater in a class of enigmatic...

    12/21/2016 - 07:00 Astronomy
  • Feature

    The Flint water crisis and other public health woes from 2016

    Drug use continued to threaten the health and safety of the American public in 2016, while a hidden menace in drinking water remained a major worry for the people of Flint, Mich.

    Teen vaping

    Vaping has surpassed cigarette smoking among U.S. high school students, according to a report released in 2016 from the National Youth Tobacco Survey. Estimates suggest that some 2.39 million U.S....

    12/20/2016 - 13:00 Health, Science & Society
  • Wild Things

    Chimps look at behinds the way we look at faces

    Humans are really good at picking out faces. Our brains are so good at this that we even see faces in places they don’t exist — like Jesus on toast. Flip a face upside down, though, and the brain needs an extra moment to determine that, yes, that’s a face.

    This is known as the inversion effect. And a new study finds that we’re not the only species to demonstrate it: Chimps do, too. Only...

    12/16/2016 - 08:00 Animals, Evolution
  • News

    Number of teens who report doing drugs falls in 2016

    Fewer teenagers in the United States used drugs in 2016 than in previous decades. The positive news comes from an annual survey of almost 45,500 U.S. students in grades eight, 10 and 12.

    “There’s a lot of good news here,” says pediatrician Sharon Levy of Boston Children’s Hospital. Public health messages from pediatricians, educators and others seem to be sinking in, she says. “I think...

    12/13/2016 - 18:12 Health, Science & Society