Social Science One, an independent research commission, will give social scientists unprecedented access to Facebook’s data. https://media.wired.com/photos/5b454188f3149a0c60487cc0/master/pass/fb_research_proposals1-01.jpg
Terrestrial bacteria that were sent to space and returned changed now pose a threat to the existence of life on Earth, and measures must be taken planetside to contain them, Russian scientists said. A Russian experiment called ‘Biorisk’ has revealed that various microorganisms from Earth were able to survive in the harsh conditions of space […]
Scientists have discovered Kepler-186f is even more like Earth than previously understood, and could be habitable. The planet appears to have seasons and a climate, thanks to its stable axial tilt. Kepler-186f is an exoplanet, meaning it’s located outside our solar system, 500 light years away. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology used simulations […]
The combined results of 24 different surveys of Antarctic ice loss suggest that the rate of melting has *tripled* in the last five years. https://media.wired.com/photos/5b204ed6985bbd041c32d117/master/pass/iceberg_AndrewShepherd_UniversityofLeeds.jpg
Surveys in two U.S. universities suggest many female science, engineering and medical students still experience sexual harassment from faculty or staff.
The DNA of deadly strains of plague, dysentery and cholera were decoded in what the researchers said was an effort to better understand some of the world’s most dangerous diseases.
Scientists think they have found the reason some people are left-handed — and it has nothing to do with the brain
Iryna Inshyna / Shutterstock About 10% of the population is left-handed. There have been several theories over the years about why some people favor their left hand. A study published last year found that right- or left-handedness may have nothing to do with the brain — instead, it could be determined by gene activity in […]
After a series of high-profile drug failures, researchers are being forced to question their primary hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease.
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CHOLESTEROL could trigger the beginning of dementia disease Alzheimer’s, scientists said last night. British researchers have shown how the fatty substance commonly linked with heart disease could also speed up the progression of the incurable brain-wasting illness.