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CASW Articles

October 23, 2014

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.

October 23, 2014

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. 

October 23, 2014

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.

October 23, 2014

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.

October 23, 2014

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.

October 23, 2014

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?

August 12, 2014

The winner of the 2014 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists, is Azeen Ghorayshi

December 03, 2013

Renowned Harvard chemist and inventor George M. Whitesides presented the first Patrusky Lecture at New Horizons in Science Nov. 3, 2013, as part of ScienceWriters2013 in Gainesville, FL.

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.

November 26, 2013

Colleagues surprised Ben Patrusky with tributes of words, music and contributions to a new CASW fund in his honor as they gathered in Gainesville, Florida for ScienceWriters2013 and the 51st New Horizons in Science briefings.

November 12, 2013

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.