Why 'scientific consensus' fails to persuade
Suppose a close friend who is trying to figure out the facts about climate change asks whether you think a scientist who has written a book on the topic is a knowledgeable and trustworthy expert. You see from the dust jacket ...
The truth is out there – so how do you debunk a myth?
Debunking myths requires an understanding of the psychological research into misinformation. But getting your refutation out in front of lots of eyeballs is a whole other matter.
The politics of climate change
U.S. residents who believe in the scientific consensus on global warming are more likely to support government action to curb emissions, regardless of whether they are Republican or Democrat, according to a study led by a ...
Statistical analysis projects future temperatures in North America
For the first time, researchers have been able to combine different climate models using spatial statistics - to project future seasonal temperature changes in regions across North America.
Is it time to ditch the climate 'bible'?
Top UN experts have just delivered the first volume of a massive new climate change report, but already whispers are starting to be heard: Will it be the last such review?
No scientific consensus on safety of genetically modified organisms
There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods and crops, according to a statement released today by an international group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians.
Loss of biodiversity increasingly threatens human well-being: research
Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 17 prominent ecologists are calling for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which is compromising nature's ability ...
The origin of life challenge: Searching for how life began
In 2011, retired chemist and entrepreneur Harry Lonsdale announced his plans to fund research on how life originally formed. Of the 76 proposals submitted to his Origin of Life Challenge, Lonsdale and his ...
Rating attractiveness: Study finds consensus among men, not women
Hot or not? Men agree on the answer. Women don't.
Time is ripe for smartwatches, analysts say
Amid much speculation on the future of the "smartwatch," the consensus is growing: the time is right.
10 things to know about the IPCC climate panel
Here are 10 things to know about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.N.-sponsored scientific group that will present a landmark report on global warming Friday.
Scientists' role in swaying public opinion studied
(Phys.org)—Whatever their political persuasion, people are more likely to believe that global warming is caused by humans if they find out that most climate change scientists believe this is the case.
Research duo suggest early Earth had heat-pipe channels similar to Jupiter's moon Io
Less knowledge, more power: Uninformed can be vital to democracy, study finds
Contrary to the ideal of a completely engaged electorate, individuals who have the least interest in a specific outcome can actually be vital to achieving a democratic consensus. These individuals dilute the ...