Panel backs sharing studies of lab-made bird flu
(AP) -- The U.S. government's biosecurity advisers said Friday they support publishing research studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu because the studies, now revised, don't reveal details ...
Data support theory on location of lost Leonardo da Vinci painting
(PhysOrg.com) -- Evidence uncovered during research conducted in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio late last year appears to support the theory that a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting existed on the east wall of the ...
Two genes do not make a voter: new research
Voting behavior cannot be predicted by one or two genes as previous researchers have claimed, according to Evan Charney, a Duke University professor of public policy and political science.
Unique languages, universal patterns: Linguist reveals how modern English resembles Old Japanese
You dont have to be a language maven to find the direct object in a basic English-language sentence. Just look next to the verb. Take a simple sentence: I gave a book to Mary. In this case ...
Go-ahead for bird flu study publication after security check (Update)
Bird flu experts meeting in Geneva on Friday ruled that controversial research on a mutant form of the virus potentially capable of being spread among humans should be made public.
Israeli library uploads Newton's theological texts
He's considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time. But Sir Isaac Newton was also an influential theologian who applied a scientific approach to the study of scripture, Hebrew and Jewish mysticism.
Only known recording of Bismarck found in US: researcher
The only known voice recording of powerful German chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who died in 1898, has been found and authenticated, a German researcher told AFP on Tuesday.
Real benefits of scientific research measured
Scientists have developed a new way to measure the benefits of scientific research, by looking at the difference it has made to real-life issues.
Scientific plagiarism: A growing problem in an era of shrinking research funding
As scientific researchers become evermore competitive for scarce funding, scientific journals are increasing efforts to identify submissions that plagiarize the work of others. Still, it may take years to identify and retract ...
Bird flu researchers agree to 60-day halt (Update 2)
International scientists on Friday agreed to a temporary two-month halt to controversial research on a bird flu virus that may be easily passed among humans, citing global health concerns.
Balancing scientific freedom and national security
The U.S. government's request that the journals Science and Nature withhold scientific information related to the genetically modified H5N1 virus because of biosecurity concerns does not violate the First Amendment, say two Georg ...
Nobel history illustrates gap in grants to young scientists
A new study by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy illustrates a disconnect between government funding of biomedical research by young investigators and a novel standard by which to judge it: the Nobel Prize.
ANU philosopher urges consensus on 50-year debate
(PhysOrg.com) -- Misinterpretation of a key scientific concept has led to decades of fierce debate according to an Australian National University philosopher.
Dating the world's language families
(PhysOrg.com) -- A computerized method for determining when prehistoric languages were spoken has been developed by an international group of scholars known as the ASJP (Automated Similarity Judgment Program) ...