How to Read a Coronavirus Study, or Any Science Paper

Jun 3, 2020

A lot of people are reading scientific papers for the first time these days, hoping to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re one of them, be advised the scientific paper is a peculiar literary genre that can take some getting used to. And also bear in mind that these are not typical times… […]

New study challenges popular “collapse” hypothesis for Easter Island

Jun 2, 2020

Time for a rethinking — Bayesian model-based analysis points to resilient, cooperative society well beyond 1600. Jennifer Ouellette – Jun 1, 2020 9:28 pm UTC Enlarge / Moai statues in a row, Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile.De Agostini Picture Library/Getty ImagesIn his bestselling 2005 book Collapse, Jared Diamond offered the societal collapse of Easter Island (aka… […]

Study Suggests Sun Less Active than Similar Stars

May 6, 2020

A new study suggests the sun appears to experience far fewer changes in brightness and intensity than other stars like it. Researchers reported last week on their examination of 369 stars. They compared each one to the sun in terms of surface temperature, size and rotation. They found that on average, the other stars had… […]

French study: Smoking may offer some protection against COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020

By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Published 2:05 pm PDT, Thursday, April 23, 2020 A COVID-19 study in the Paris hospital network found that the percentage of patients who are also regular smokers was dramatically less than the percentage of smokers in the general population. The findings suggest smoking may offer some protection against the disease, researchers say.… […]

Study finds damaged fertilized egg sends signal that helps mother live a longer healthy life

Apr 9, 2020

Short:A Northwestern University study of the roundworm C. elegans found the health of the fertilized embryo determines the functional health of the mother.Long:Progeny quality regulates proteostasis and stress resilience in reproductive mothers with implications for cellular and organismal health. This previously undescribed mode of trans-generational regulation occurs when embryo integrity compromised in CBD-1 mutant animals… […]

NASA study adds a pinch of salt to El Niño models

Apr 8, 2020

NASA / CONAE’s Aquarius satellite (2011-2015) collected sea surface salinity (saltiness) data over the entire globe. Today, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission collects ocean salinity and soil moisture data. Credits: NASA/Greg Shirah When modeling the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) ocean-climate cycle, adding satellite sea surface salinity—or saltiness—data significantly improves model accuracy, according to a new NASA… […]

Study: Future astronauts could use their own urine to help build moon bases

Apr 1, 2020

U is for urea — Urea could serve as plasticizer for making concrete-like material out of lunar soil. Jennifer Ouellette – Mar 31, 2020 7:30 pm UTC Enlarge / Future moon bases could be built with 3D printers that mix materials such as Moon regolith, water, and astronauts’ urine.Early last year, NASA announced an ambitious… […]

Study says smartphone addiction has physical impact on brain

Feb 23, 2020

WAUSAU (WAOW) — A new study released by ‘Addictive Behaviors’ says smartphone addiction has a similar impact on the brain to that of drug addiction. With smartphones continuing to become an indispensable piece of humans’ lives, the dangers of overuse are evident. The study found that, of the participants, those with smartphone addiction showed material… […]

Study claiming vaping doubles heart attack risk retracted for being ‘unreliable’

Feb 21, 2020

CLOSE A pro-vaping advocate accuses a prominent tobacco researcher of publishing an “invalid” study saying vaping causes heart attacks. Due to technical difficulties, an earlier version of this video did not have Stanton Glantz’s response. USA TODAYOne of the country’s best-known tobacco researchers is under fire this week after one of his federally funded vaping studies was retracted… […]