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Positive Results From Brain Games May Be Just A Placebo Effect

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The brain-training apps that promise to improve memory and boost your IQ may have nothing more than a placebo effect, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday,...Show More Summary

Scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Scientists are getting closer to directly observing how and why water is essential to life as we know it. A study in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides the strongest evidence yet that proteins--the large and complex molecules that fold into particular shapes to enable biological reactions--can't fold themselves. read more

The limits of forensic science, and beyond

last weekHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Veronique Greenwood's story on a new method to infer someone's physical appearance from DNA evidence doubles as a skeptical mini-history of forensic science: In 2009 the National Academy of Sciences released a blistering report calling...Show More Summary

Grammys now recognizes streaming-only projects

The Grammys have always had a contentious history with hip-hop. But aside from frequently snubbing rappers, another egregious error of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has been its lack of recognition of streaming-only...Show More Summary

Fred Hutch Expert Available to Discuss NEJM Article on Biomarker Tests for Molecularly Targeted Therapies

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, an internationally recognized oncologist and health economist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a member of a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), is available to discuss biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies. Show More Summary

Particularly noxious

It's no secret that when abroad, travelers often find local residents' body odor particularly noxious. Now a study published in March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA shows that the degree of disgust we find in others' sweat may depend on whether we are thinking of them as part of our […]

Nuclear test islands still too radioactive for humans 60 years later

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

The island chain in the Pacific Ocean used by U.S. military for atomic testing are still too radioactive for humans to live there safely. According to Popular Science, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) found that Bikini Atoll and the Enewetak Islands...

Research proves Aboriginal Australians were first inhabitants

Griffith University researchers have found evidence that demonstrates Aboriginal people were the first to inhabit Australia, as reported in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal this week. The work refutes...Show More Summary

National Academy of Sciences Weighs In On Genetically-Engineered Foods

After examining genetically-engineered foods for two years, the National Academy of Sciences released its report. If you were expecting a silver bullet that would put this topic to rest, you may be left wanting. And it did little to pacify proponents or critics of GMO technology.

Study shows detailed, compromising inferences can be readily made with metadata

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In Evaluating the privacy properties of telephone metadata, a paper by researchers from Stanford's departments of Law and Computer Science published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors analyzed metadata from six months' worth of volunteers' phone logs to see what kind of compromising information they could extract from them. (more…)

The Media Got It Wrong About a New Report Saying GMOs Are Safe: Here Are 3 Takeaways

The National Academies of Science produced a 400-page report full of equivocations and recommendations they know will be ignored. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on GE crops and technology was met with cheers from the biotech industry, but little meaningful scrutiny by the mainstream media. Show More Summary

Making virus sensors cheap and simple: New method detects single viruses in urine

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new method to rapidly detect a single virus in urine, as reported this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the technique presently...Show More Summary

Why Do Some Continue to Deny the Evidence That GMOs Are Safe?

A massive National Academy of Science review of hundreds of studies on genetically engineered (GE) food crops, comparing the US, where the crops have been used heavily for 20 years, and Europe, where use is rare, finds no reliable evidence that these crops pose any harm to human or environmental health. Show More Summary

Daytime Emmy Awards Gift Lounge/Hampton Gift Bag

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recently held its Official Daytime Emmy Awards Luxury Gifting Lounge at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Daytime Emmy nominees and presenters were treated to such...Show More Summary

It is easier to forget your bad behavior — “unethical amnesia”

A study published (paywall) today (May 16) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that when we act unethically, we’re more likely to remember these actions less clearly. Researchers from Northwestern University...Show More Summary

Extensive new report shows GMO crops safe, but not always as beneficial as predicted

The National Academy of Sciences has completed a comprehensive report on GMO crops. The National Academy of Sciences — probably the country's most prestigious scientific group — has reaffirmed its judgment that GMOs are safe to eat … The...Show More Summary

National Academy Of Science Confirms GMOs Are Safe To Eat

I don’t know how many times I’ve said it: Monsanto may be an evil company, they may eat kittens and sacrifice babies atop flaming piles of stolen wages, but that doesn’t mean genetically modified food is unsafe to eat. Despite the scientific consensus that GMOs are safe, the public retains a negative view of them. In fact, a […]

Why Bullying Is a Serious Public-Health Problem

last monthLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Newly published research suggests that bullying has serious consequences for our society, long after middle school ends.Published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the giant book of research on the phenomenon of childhood bullying labels it a "serious public health problem." The research, which was partly supported ... More »

GMOs Have No Impact on Human Health, New Study Claims

Or so the National Academies of Sciences say Preconceived notions about genetically engineered or modified foods (GEs/GMOs) and their impact on humans and animals are incorrect, according to a recent report from the National Academies...Show More Summary

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