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Minister promises guidelines on independence of science advisers

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Science minister Lord Drayson says the scientific community is right to be upset about the sacking of David Nutt, but defends the government's right to ignore scientists' adviceThe science minister, Lord Drayson, has...

Chart junk? How pictures may help make graphs better

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Those oft-maligned, and highly embellished, graphs and charts in USA Today and other media outlets may actually help people understand data more effectively than traditional graphs, according to new research...

Internet search process affects cognition, emotion

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Nearly 73 percent of all American adults use the Internet on a daily basis, according to a 2009 Pew Internet and American Life Project survey. Half of these adults use...

New study further disputes notion that amputee runners gain advantage from protheses

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A study by six researchers, including a University of Colorado at Boulder associate professor and his former doctoral student, shows that amputees who use running-specific prosthetic legs have no performance...

New CReAM research on the factors that shape individual attitudes towards migration policy

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A new research paper from CReAM (Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at UCL) investigates the factors which determine individual attitudes towards migration policy. The researchers note that immigration...

Farmers' markets harvest new business

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Something fresh is growing in Indiana. The number of farmers' markets in the state has increased at double the rate of other U.S. states; between 1994 and 2004 the number...

Economists find new reason to think that environment, not innate ability, determines how well girls do in math class

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- When Glenn Ellison`s daughters started middle school in a Boston suburb in 2007, Ellison decided to become a volunteer coach of the school`s math team. While his squad...

Internet users not isolated, survey suggests

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

People who use the internet and cellphones are not more isolated than those who don't and, in fact, have larger and more diverse social networks, a new survey suggests.

Anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss dies at 100

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Claude Levi-Strauss, widely considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included theories about commonalities between tribal and industrial societies, has died.

Discrimination takes its toll on Black women

10 years ago from Physorg

Racial discrimination is a major threat to African American women's mental health. It undermines their view of themselves as masters of their own life circumstances and makes them less psychologically...

Applause for the SmartHand

10 years ago from Physorg

In one sense, our hands define our humanity. Our opposable thumbs and our hands' unique structure allow us to write, paint, and play the piano. Those who lose their hands...

Call for Entries: Public Asked to Submit Videos to 2010 Neuro Film Festival

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

People who have compelling stories to share regarding how they or a loved one has been affected by a brain disorder are invited to submit a short video to the...

"The Polar Express" Would Creep Out Monkeys Too?

10 years ago from National Geographic

Hyper-real animation—think movies like The Polar Express or Beowulf—can get too realistic for comfort, psychologists say. And according to a new study, monkeys might agree.

Comic magazine Viz turns 30, refuses to grow up

10 years ago from AP Science

LONDON (AP) -- What makes a British cultural institution? Style? Sophistication?...

Hormone That Affects Finger Length Key To Social Behavior

10 years ago from Science Daily

Research in the UK into the finger length of primate species has revealed that cooperative behavior is linked to exposure to hormone levels in the womb.

Psychiatrists threaten to skip mental health court

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Nova Scotia psychiatrists are refusing to staff the province's new mental health court until they get a new contract.

Video guide to cognitive behavioural therapy

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Authoritative information from the British Medical Journal on CBT, a psychotherapy used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Prosthetics do not give sprinters unfair advantage, research suggests

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Carbon-fibre blades like those worn by sprinter Oscar Pistorius do not give an edge over able-bodied athletes, say scientistsProsthetics worn by disabled sprinters confer no speed advantage, scientists have found. If anything, they...

Poor Start Between A Class And Its Teacher Almost Impossible To Rectify

10 years ago from Science Daily

The relationship between a teacher and class is important for the learning achievement of pupils and their pleasure in learning. A Dutch researcher discovered that these teacher-class relationships are very...

Picked From a Lineup, on a Whiff of Evidence

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Procedures in which dogs choose a suspect’s smell out of a group have come under fire as cases of false imprisonment emerge.

Video: Singing Made Easy

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

An audio technology known as "autotune" helps singers hit perfect notes on their songs and even live shows. Nancy Cordes reports the trend is even a sensation on YouTube.

Online pet store owner to be billed for seized animals

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The owner of a now-defunct pet business in P.E.I. will be held financially responsible for the animals seized from him last month by the Department of Agriculture

Parameterizing Drake

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In 1960, Frank Drake did something extremely clever. At least it was something the people in my lab would consider clever. He wrote down an equation that would define how...

Study: Middle-age wolves retire from the hunt

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

According to a new study, most wolves lose their prowess by age 3. After that, they have to rely on younger members of the pack to catch the majority of...

Test sought for antidepressant response

10 years ago from UPI

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli researchers say they are trying to discover biological markers that can predict a person's response to antidepressants.

Teen accused of posting threats on Facebook

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A P.E.I. teen is facing two charges of uttering threats following an investigation into postings on Facebook indicating there would be a shooting at Charlottetown Rural High School.

Why God needs chance | Paul Ewart

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The reality of chance isn't a robust argument for atheism. It might even be necessary for God's existenceWinning the lottery may be the dream of many but it's not really a "win"...

Cash lures top achievers away from US science

10 years ago from Chemistry World

Science is losing more of the cream of the academic crop to high-paying careers in other sectors