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Is Social Media Saving Science?

Online discussions and post-publication analyses are catching mistakes that sneak past editorial review.

Who Funded That?

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Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our July/August 2014 Print Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.

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‘House’ Fans Are Scared of the Wrong Diseases

People who watch medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and House are more likely than non-watchers to be fatalistic about cancer and to underestimate the importance of chronic illnesses.

In the Classroom

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Cracking the Code of the New Economy: You Don’t Need a STEM Degree to Work in a STEM Field

Don’t be afraid to stick with your liberal arts education. If history is any guide, it could be just as valuable as knowing how to write code.

Genes Are Us

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Why Statistically Significant Studies Aren’t Necessarily Significant

Modern statistics have made it easier than ever for us to fool ourselves.

Hot in Here

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Resistance to Climate Change Is Killing the Government’s Ability to Use Science

Legislative opposition to climate change isn’t just keeping us from having a proper conversation about the problem. It’s destroying our ability to act.

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Running for Science: Guinea Pig for a Day in a Biomechanics Lab

Hayley Birch takes marathon training to an extreme level.

Quick Studies

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Science: Owning Yachts Much Better Than Merely Chartering Them

When it comes to luxury products, owning them makes you much more satisfied with your life than using them.

Genes Are Us

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It’s a Great Time for the Life Sciences, but a Terrible Time to Be a Life Scientist

Despite numerous recent breakthroughs and discoveries, the extreme competition and lab-research feedback loop don’t bode well for the future of the field.

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The STEM Talent Shortage Debate

Do today’s high school students prefer to take the AP Art History exam over AP Biology?

Genes Are Us

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It Doesn’t Matter That Not Everything Matters

Why scientists need to stop worrying about whether or not everything in biology serves a purpose.

A Conversation With

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How Do You Make a Living, Board-Game Rulebook Editor?

One compound word: Kickstarter.

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Science Is, Undeniably, Making the World a Better Place: A Conversation With Steven Pinker

Oliver Burkeman explores human nature, violence, feminism, and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists. Can he dent Steven Pinker’s optimism?

Quick Studies

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In Defense of Studying the Duck Penis

Duck penis expert Patricia Brennan offers a catalog of all the amazing things that would not exist without the pursuit of “oddball” biological research.

Genes Are Us

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Scientific Publishing Is Killing Science

Here’s how to fix it.

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I Paid $21.67 for Someone to Photograph My Aura

It was cheaper than buying a pair of aura goggles—even without the shipping costs.

You Don't Know America

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How Immigrants Make American Science Great

While the rest of the world is catching up, the United States is still the leader in quality science research—thanks to people from other countries.

ProPublica

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Real Talk About Abortion

As the long, angry fight over abortion roars on, Tracy Weitz, a researcher in California, has quietly worked to gather reliable facts about the procedure and the women who choose to have it.

Genes Are Us

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Darwin Day and the Science of Science Denial

Why Charles Darwin is the perfect figure for an international celebration of science.

Genes Are Us

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Why I Don’t Care About Open Access to Research—and Why You Should

Open access to research papers doesn’t mean much to researchers, but the government hopes it’ll serve a greater good.

Our Best Friends

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Dolphins Are Dying and No One Knows Why

If an Unusual Mortality Event sounds like something out of a movie, it’s not. There’s one happening right now.

What Makes Us Politic

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As an Experiment, Let’s Put More Scientists in Congress

A new-ish political action committee wants to see professionals from science, technology, math, and engineering stop carping from the political sidelines and start running for elected office.

 

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Do the Government’s Biomedical Initiatives Ever Lead to Medical Progress?

Over time, sure, but in the immediate future, social science will play a bigger role in any large-scale improvements to human health.

 

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Another Name for the Bermuda Triangle: The Ocean

Ships disappear everywhere, not just in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

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The Impossibility of the Night Shift

Many night workers get “shift-work sleep disorder.” And no one knows how to treat it.

How the Brains of Risk-Taking Teens Work

There's heightened functional connectivity between the brain's emotion regulator and reason center, according to a recent neuroscience paper.

When Mothers Sing, Premature Babies Thrive

Moms willing to serenade pre-term infants help their babies—and themselves.

One Toxic Boss Can Poison the Whole Workplace

Office leaders who bully even just one member of their team harm everyone.

Diversity Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Perception of group diversity depends on the race of the observer and the extent to which they worry about discrimination.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one
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