'Text overlap' clutters scientific papers, arXiv analysis finds
Computer text analysis of a huge database of scientific papers shows a large amount of "text overlap," where authors use text from previous papers of their own and others, not always with attribution. This ...
Brazil turns to Brunel as it seeks to reverse footballing failures
Brazilian football is looking to science for answers as it comes to terms with the national team's humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in this summer's World Cup.
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Will rapprochement mean new research collaborations between Cuba and the U.S.?
On December 17, the White House announced significant changes to the relationship between Cuba and the United States. The announcement has garnered international news coverage, but one aspect of the announcement ...
Rosetta comet-landing is Science's 2014 breakthrough
The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendez-vous with a comet, the US journal Science said Thursday.
Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape
The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.
Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered
New research has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid the foundations of European musical tradition.
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In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B
In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi.
American Museum of Natural History plans addition
The American Museum of Natural History has announced plans to build an addition to house a new science and education center.
Food insecurity rising despite record cereal output
World cereal output is expected to hit record highs this year but food insecurity is worsening across the globe thanks to Ebola and civil conflicts, the UN's food agency said Thursday.
Unleash your inner scientist: A formula for success
For his first two books, Chad Orzel turned to Emmy, his trusty German shepherd mix, to help explain complex scientific issues.
The most influential scientist you may never have heard of
Gaze at Alexander Von Humboldt's 1814 self-portrait and you peer into the eyes of a man who sought to see and understand everything. By this point in his life, at age 45, Humboldt had tutored himself in every ...
Colin Firth the neuroscientist? Real-life role reveals ethical dilemma in science
As you snuggle by the fire this holiday season to watch Love Actually, you should know that you're also viewing the work of a published academic neuroscientist. That's right – actor Colin Firth is cited ...