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LIGO confirms RIT's breakthrough prediction of gravitational waves

Research conducted by Rochester Institute of Technology scientists was integral to the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves from binary black holes that was announced today by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration. read more

Epic Discovery: Gravitational Waves Detected from Colliding Black Holes (NASA/LIGO)

"With this discovery, we humans are embarking on a marvelous new quest: the quest to explore the warped side of the universe—objects and phenomena that are made from warped spacetime. Colliding black holes and gravitational waves are our first beautiful...

Chris Turney: Penguins Don’t Migrate, they’re dying!

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Chris Turney, leader of the ill fated 2013/14 Ship of fools expedition to the Antarctic, which got stuck in the global warming while trying to retrace the Mawson Expedition, has been urging people to listen to his expert knowledge of Penguin colonies. More than 150,000 Adélie penguins have perished in…

UK science leads the way in nuclear research

The UK's synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, is a hub for renewable energy and energy recycling research, but less well known are its applications as a hub for nuclear research. Work in this area is transforming our energy future by making the nuclear fuel cycle safer, more efficient and more straightforward to use. read more

Exploiting high speed light for super slow science

Scientists at the world's premier science conference - the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting - will this year be discussing the advances enabled by the UK's pioneering Long-Duration Experiment facility (LDE). Show More Summary

Dark matter scientists on brink of discovering elusive particles

Technological advances are ushering in a new era of understanding in the search for fundamental physical particles - including dark matter - scientists will tell a public event. Researchers are using analysis of deep space observations...Show More Summary

Science responds to globalized disease threat to farms and food systems

Farmers and consumers around the world are connected and dependent on each other today in a way that is unprecedented in human history - the average chocolate bar will have ingredients from four or more continents and crop failures in...Show More Summary

Americans' support for science remains strong

A large majority of Americans have favorable views of science and scientists, believing that the benefits from science outweigh any negatives and agree that science and technology will create more opportunities for future generations. This...Show More Summary

The Law, Lawsuits, And Climate Change

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball “Let us always remember that he does not really believe his own opinion, who dares not give free scope to his opponent.” Wendell Phillips David Schnare wrote about how the progressive left intends to use the courts to harass those who don’t agree with them on the climate. His focus…

Study: Sharks May Help Make Human Tooth Loss History

Good news for soda-lovers: Scientists are one step closer to being able to regenerate teeth in humans. A study published this month in Developmental Biology explains genetically how sharks and other marine life are able to regrow teeth continuously throughout their lives. Until now, that process had been "poorly understood...

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (13 February 2016)

Sign up for The Ed’s Up—a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet.   Top picks: From me at the Atlantic: Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered Species Why You Can’t Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home This Bacterium Acts Like a One-Cell Eyeball The Bitter Fight […]

Loss of sleep during adolescence may be a diabetes danger

How much slow-wave sleep a teenage boy gets may predict whether he is at risk for insulin resistance and other health issues, according to Jordan Gaines, a Penn State neuroscience researcher. Boys who experience a greater decline inShow More Summary

How learning languages translates into health benefits for society

The advantages of speaking a second language - for health and mental ability - are to come under the spotlight at an event at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, DC. Experts in bilingualism will examine how learning a second language...Show More Summary

Study of cognitive development in deaf children revisits longstanding debate

Storrs, CT - A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut is reexamining a decades-long debate as to whether deaf children should learn sign language to maximize their potential for optimal development. Research has shown that children born deaf frequently exhibit learning deficits and as a result, often underperform in school. Show More Summary

Kenneth Miller reviews Dover model of standing up for science

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- In a Harrisburg, Pa., Federal courtroom 11 years ago, Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller was the first witness in a historic takedown of Intelligent Design's pretense of scientific relevance. Show More Summary

Language juggling rewires bilingual brain

Bilinguals use and learn language in ways that change their minds and brains, which has consequences -- many positive, according to Judith F. Kroll, a Penn State cognitive scientist. "Recent studies reveal the remarkable ways in which...Show More Summary

Nudging science toward openness

The $1,000,000 Preregistration Challenge, launched one month ago by the Center for Open Science (COS), is testing how addressing scientists' incentives can elicit new behaviors and improve the reproducibility of published research. 1,000...Show More Summary

Big data and patient-powered research aim to solve complex diseases

Los Angeles -- Over the past forty years, little has been learned about how to prevent, diagnose and effectively treat one of the most complex infectious diseases in the country -- chronic Lyme disease. But now, big data tools like patient registries have the potential to change that. read more

Here's Why There Are a Lot More Twins These Days

It's not your imagination—more people are having twins these days. A recent study found that the rate of twin births in many developed countries has nearly doubled (or more than doubled, in some cases) in the past few decades, the Atlantic reports. The study, published in Population and Development...

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