Sharknado 2 Will Sponsor Shark Conservation Research And You Can Help

The studio that brought you such beloved classics as MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus, MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus, and SharkNado, is now working on an epic sequel of Great White proportions, SharkNado II: The Second One. And if you contribute to their crowdfunded "bonus scene," you can help shark conservation science. » 4/09/14 9:42pm 4/09/14 9:42pm

How to Argue About Research You Don't Like: A Flowchart

Via WaPo's Wonkblog comes the definitive guide to critiquing research findings that rub you the wrong way. And while this chart refers more specifically to studies on things like health and budget policy, it works surprisingly well for scientific studies, as well. » 9/12/13 12:40pm 9/12/13 12:40pm

How is the sequester affecting science in America?

The Federal Government's budget sequester has left the nation's science and technology funding at its lowest in years. As predicted, labs are ditching projects and scientists; researchers are looking overseas for jobs and funding; health initiatives are being hamstrung; and federal agencies across the board are… » 9/10/13 8:30am 9/10/13 8:30am

Mind-Controlled Pong is One Step Toward a World Cup Kickoff

Controlling games with brainwaves is a vogue research subject—Patricia Hernandez herself tested out a demo that involved tossing trucks telekinetically—but a team of researchers have applied it to a competitive game—Pong—with the goal of allowing a paralyzed person to make the ceremonial kickoff of the 2014 World Cup. » 6/22/13 6:50pm 6/22/13 6:50pm

Baby Mammals Twitch in Their Sleep Because They’re Learning Cute Moves

Okay, so this research into the phenomenon of twitching baby mammals (in the words of University of Iowa psychology professor Mark Blumberg, “literally every mammal that has ever been looked at” twitches) is really interesting, but I’m not going to dress this post up in futuristic scientific regalia (I was thinking a… » 6/22/13 3:07pm 6/22/13 3:07pm

Research Suggests That Left-Pawed Dogs Are Just Slightly Evil

You probably already assumed that left-pawed dogs — and yes, some dogs do have forepaw and even hindquarter preferences — are ever so slightly evil, but now there’s a scientific study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior to confirm your suspicions that left-pawed dogs are scheming to bark at you and make you seem… » 6/02/13 2:32pm 6/02/13 2:32pm

These 1938 psychological researchers studied college students by…

Nowadays, if you want to conduct ethically dubious on how college students speak to one another, you have all sorts of technologically advanced options: bugs, nanny cams, recording applications installed on cell phones. But in 1938, when a team of psychological researchers wanted to study the speech habits of students, … » 12/08/12 11:30am 12/08/12 11:30am

The power of armadillo penises: why more scientists should tell stories

For many scientists, narrative does not come naturally — but it can be a remarkably useful tool. Case in point: armadillo penises. Armadillo penises have the power to change the way people think about scientists and the animals they experiment with; they just need someone to tell their story. » 10/01/12 6:40am 10/01/12 6:40am

Read Obama and Romney's answers to the country's top science questions

Where do the two men who would be President stand on crucial questions about science? Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have released their answers to a series of incisive, science-themed questions assembled by ScienceDebate. » 9/05/12 4:00pm 9/05/12 4:00pm

Why Romney and Obama's Written Science Answers Aren't Enough

Romney and Obama have agreed to answer questions on science and science policy, but it's a bittersweet victory. A few weeks ago we told you about ScienceDebate, an independent citizens' initiative devoted to having Obama and Romney face off over fourteen questions about science in a publicly televised debate. Now,… » 8/30/12 11:00am 8/30/12 11:00am

It's time to bring science to the fore of political discourse by having …

If you want to see Obama and Romney devote time to addressing important questions about science and science policy in a publicly televised debate, you're going to have to fight for it. Back in 2008, an independent citizens' initiative, known simply as "ScienceDebate," pushed to have 14 such questions addressed in a… » 7/20/12 11:06am 7/20/12 11:06am

A Chart that Reveals How Science Fiction Futures Changed Over Time

The future may seem to be closer or farther off, depending on the era you're living in. That's one of the possible conclusions you can draw from this chart (embedded below), created by Stephanie Fox for io9, based on research we've done over the past month. We wanted to know whether there are historical trends in how… » 5/18/12 12:00pm 5/18/12 12:00pm

Will private schools soon be the only places where students can learn…

The United Kingdom's science minister, David Willetts, thinks that private and international investments can help establish the UK as a world leader in scientific and technological research. But is Willett's plan really feasible? And if it is, is it one the United States could utilize as well? » 1/05/12 11:04am 1/05/12 11:04am

What happens when you're wrongly diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease

Psychologists in the Netherlands have documented the case of a 58-year-old woman who was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Her condition deteriorated to the point where she became permanently confused, and at one point suicidal — before another doctor realized the diagnosis was incorrect. » 8/23/11 2:07pm 8/23/11 2:07pm