Quantum explanation for how we smell gets new support
Drill bits on rover could contaminate Mars
For all the hopes NASA has pinned on the rover it deposited on Mars last month, one wish has gone unspoken: Please don't find water.
Yale study concludes public apathy over climate change unrelated to science literacy
Are members of the public divided about climate change because they don't understand the science behind it? If Americans knew more basic science and were more proficient in technical reasoning, would public consensus match ...
Software developer questions why Google Chrome allows for display of saved passwords in plain text
Failure in real science is good – and different from phony controversies
Last March, the BICEP2 collaboration announced that they had used a microwave telescope at the South Pole to detect primordial gravitational waves. These tiny ripples in spacetime would be the first proof of ...
Six French academies dismiss study linking GM corn to cancer (Update 2)
A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a "scientific non-event," six French scientific academies said on Friday.
Minnesota researcher's findings on dark matter jibe with Italy's DAMA/LIBRA claims
Fair and accurate elections, statistically speaking
The political controversy surrounding the Electoral College -- the institution whereby we elect the president of the United States -- is as old as the republic. In spite of recent contentious elections that ...
How dinosaurs put proteins into long-term storage
(PhysOrg.com) -- How does one prove that the protein isolated from a 68-million-year-old dinosaur bone is not a contamination from the intervening millenia or from the lab?
Why do some controversies persist despite the evidence?
The debate over climate change is relatively young while nuclear power and pesticides have been heated topics since the 1960s, and fluoridation since the 1950s. So what is it about these scientific controversies that ma ...
'Fracking' wastewater that is treated for drinking produces potentially harmful compounds
Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy. A new study, appearing in the ACS journal ...
Samuel Morton collection of skulls at center of controversy
(PhysOrg.com) -- The scientific integrity of one 19th century Philadelphia scientist has been reaffirmedbut at the decided expense of a prominent late 20th century scientist who had discredited him.
Levee detonations reduced 2011 flood risk on Mississippi River, study finds
A controversial decision in 2011 to blow up Mississippi River levees reduced the risk of flooding in a city upstream, lowering the height of the rain-swollen river just before it reached its peak, according to a newly published ...
Conflicts in Wikipedia now modelled by statistical physicists
Information and communication technology has enabled us to solve complex problems in collaboration across the world. Everything from wiki-based platforms to open software development all the way to the experiments ...