Enlarge / LIGO’s February 11, 2016, press conference in Washington, DC, where they announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Just last month, we told you about a small group of Danish physicists who were casting doubt on the original gravitational wave signal detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), […]
Two prestigious US hospitals have concluded a prominent cardiologist whose research served as the foundation for cardiac stem cell therapy fabricated or falsified data in at least 31 published studies that should now be retracted. Piero Anversa’s research first made waves in 2001, when he published a paper in Nature suggesting that stem cells could […]
Race and medical research have a long history together, much of it lamentable, and new genetic discoveries raise new questions about the role race should play in the future, three essays in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicate.
Probiotics might not help your gut microbiome and could prevent return to healthy state, studies say
While over-the-counter probiotics are popularly viewed as enhancing health or helping protect against certain ailments, new scientific evidence suggests that in some cases, it could cause harm.
Should journalists just stop writing about food studies and end the noisy battle between headlines claiming that coffee or alcohol or some other common nutrient will save us or kill us? A scientific methodology researcher from Stanford thinks so.
It’s not uncommon for scientists to use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for research — they can quickly gather survey data in return for a small outlay to participants. Academics are quickly discovering the limits of the task service with the modern bot-happy internet, however. Numerous psychology researchers have reported a sharp rise in the number of […]
The question of whether there is a relationship between mental illness and violence — and the potential threat it may pose to public safety — has been renewed in the aftermath of Toronto’s Danforth tragedy.
Enlarge / Can you spot the three hand stencils? (credit: J. Zilhão) Hominins have lived in Western Spain’s Maltravieso Cave off and on for the last 180,000 years. At some point in those long millennia of habitation, some of them left behind hand stencils, dots and triangles, and animal figures painted in red on the […]
Enlarge (credit: Wikimedia) While we have a number of treatments available for clinical depression, many of them have a significant side effects, and a lot of people struggle to find a drug that they respond to. The situation is made worse by our limited understanding of the biology underlying depression. We don’t know how to […]
No, the debate over the risks of cellphone radiation isn’t over yet. The US National Institutes of Health’s National Toxicology Program has published details of draft studies which suggest that normal cellphone radiation levels aren’t harmful to humans. The research subjected rats to very high levels of RF radiation at 2G and 3G cellular frequencies, […]