Why research beats anecdote in our search for knowledge
UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? We begin today by looking at the origins of research.
Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds
There's some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives' tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center.
Anti-apartheid hero, ex-Norway PM awarded 'Asian Nobel' prizes
South African anti-apartheid hero Albie Sachs and former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, hailed as the "godmother" of sustainable development, were among five people Thursday presented with the first Tang ...
History books spark latest Texas classroom battle
As Texas mulls new history textbooks for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America's Founding Fathers.
Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant
Federal prosecutors say radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal ...
New insights into juicy steak
A new study into meat tenderness could refine the way Australians cook steak.
Researchers outline recommendations to improve scientific decision-making
The public dialogue surrounding whether to vaccinate children is one example of how poor communication of science can cause confusion and worsen people's health and lives. Many other issues – from climate change to nuclear ...
Unemployment for doctoral scientists and engineers below national average in 2013
A new National Science Foundation (NSF) report says the 2013 unemployment rate for individuals with research doctoral degrees in science, engineering and health (SEH) fields was one-third the rate for the general population ...
Best of Last Week – The sound of an atom captured, solid light created and the banality of evil
Soup can reopens mystery of doomed Franklin Expedition
The Franklin expedition is back in the news this week after the Prime Minister announced Tuesday that one of its ships has been discovered 170 years after it sunk.
Does Singld Out, a gene-based dating service, pass the sniff test?
Singld Out, an online dating service based on "cutting-edge" science, has the solution for busy singles to sniff out the perfect companion. Literally. ...
Mathematical minds multiply at Toronto film fest
In the Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything," two college girls rush into a '60s-era Cambridge party before the sight of the attendees stops them in their tracks.
Best of Last Week – New model for dark matter, Martian clouds and mind to mind conversing
Jack the Ripper identified through DNA traces: sleuth
Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious serial killers in history, has been identified through DNA traces found on a shawl, claims a sleuth in a book out on Tuesday.