By Karam Sheban |
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are notoriously difficult to discuss. The underlying technology transfers genetic material from one organism to another or, in a more recent development, "edits" a target organism's genes. The aim is often to create animals and plants for agriculture that produce better yields, are more resistant to disease, or tolerant to pesticides.
By Kara Manke |
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is changing the face of head and neck cancer.
Once caused primarily by heavy tobacco or alcohol use, the majority of new head and neck cancers in the United Stated result from infection with HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease known for causing cervical cancer in women. As a result, head and neck cancer is increasingly being found in younger patients—especially men. And rates of diagnosis are on the rise.
By Cassie Kelly |
They weigh next to nothing, they move at more than 99 percent the speed of light and they have no electric charge. They can go straight through planets, usually without leaving a trace.
By Crystal Garner |
The link between human acts of violence, lack of empathy and time spent with graphically violent video games and films is so consistent that denying it is like “denying gravity,” an Ohio State University psychologist said Sunday, Oct. 19.
In a report on dozens of studies involving thousands of student subjects over decades, Brad Bushman said meta-analyses of the results continue to confirm a significant relationship between aggressive impulses and violent video game use.
By Olivia Miltner |
Tools that would give scientists the ability to limit the spread of diseases, give creatures new traits, and even bring back extinct animals seem possible soon, thanks to ever more powerful and precise genetic editing tools that redesign specific parts of an organism’s DNA.
By Kelly Fisher |
If someone calls you a “bird brain,” count yourself praised, not insulted.
Neurobiologist Erich Jarvis can tell you just why this is so.
For instance, why are parrots able to say “Polly want a cracker” with ease? But a supposedly smarter chimp cannot?
The winner of the 2014 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists, is Azeen Ghorayshi.
Whitesides' lively and provocative talk celebrated goal-driven science built on simplicity. Important inventions, he argued, are made by stacking technologies whose building blocks are scientific and mathematical ideas as simple as binary arithmetic: 0s and 1s.
by Amanda Mascarelli, CASW Traveling Fellow | A Storify curation of social-media coverage of Linda Bartoshuk's New Horizons in Science presentation on November 4, 2013
Amanda Mascarelli gathered social media posts from the concluding session on subjective measurement of human sensory perception. Click here to read the collection at Storify.