Rating attractiveness: Study finds consensus among men, not women
Hot or not? Men agree on the answer. Women don't.
New theory on African exit
Modern humans left Africa twice as early as previously thought, spreading in a number of climate-driven waves, new research suggests.
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 ...
Peer pressure's influence calculated by mathematician
(Phys.org) —A mathematician has calculated how peer pressure influences society.
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 ...
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.
New tests for determining health and environmental effects of nanomaterials
A group of international experts from government, industry and academia have concluded that alternative testing strategies (ATSs) that don't rely on animals will be needed to cope with the wave of new nanomaterials ...
Time is ripe for smartwatches, analysts say
Amid much speculation on the future of the "smartwatch," the consensus is growing: the time is right.
Research duo suggest early Earth had heat-pipe channels similar to Jupiter's moon Io
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.
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 ...
African dust clouds worry Caribbean scientists
Each summer, microscopic dust particles kicked up by African sandstorms blow thousands of miles (kilometers) across the Atlantic to arrive in the Caribbean, limiting airplane pilots' visibility to just a ...
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 ...
UN meets to mull climate change quick-fix options
On the heels of another halting round of talks on climate change, UN scientists this week will review quick-fix options for beating back the threat of global warming that rely on technology rather than political ...