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Feminine women deemed less likely to be scientists, study finds

April 11, 2016

Female scientists who have “feminine” traits such as longer hair and finer facial features are generally assumed to…
Hot super-Earths help track water-rich atmospheres

November 19, 2014

As the discovery of planets beyond the Solar System becomes more common, scientists have begun the in-depth study…
European scientists protest austerity measures and offer dire warnings of impact

October 10, 2014

European scientists are extremely worried about the future of research in Europe—many of the countries that make up…
Researchers prefer citing researchers of good reputation

October 8, 2014

If a scientist has a good reputation among his colleagues, other scientists are more likely to cite his…
Indian scientists significantly more religious than UK scientists

September 25, 2014

Indian scientists are significantly more religious than United Kingdom scientists, according to the first cross-national study of religion…
Scientists seen as competent but not trusted by Americans

September 23, 2014

If scientists want the public to trust their research suggestions, they may want to appear a bit “warmer,”…
Tongue-in-cheek ‘Kardashian-index’ raises awareness of cult of celebrity in sciences

August 6, 2014

Twitter followers versus number of scientific citations for a sort-of-random sample of researcher tweeters. Red crosses represent female…
Planetary Scientist Colin Pillinger Dies

May 13, 2014

British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger has passed away. Pillinger, age 70, was best known as leading the 2003…
Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women: study

April 16, 2014

Haruko Obokata, a researcher at Japan’s Riken Institute, speaks at a press conference in Osaka, western Japan on…
What science communicators can learn from listening to people

April 11, 2014

Ben Smith/Flickr, CC BY-SA No matter how strong the scientific argument and consensus among scientists there will always be…
Scientists are pushing ‘chemical-free’ nonsense in academic journals

April 3, 2014

No chemicals, that’s our promise. htcfloorsystems, CC BY-NC-ND Chemists have long protested the use of the term “chemical-free” in marketing, particularly when…
Scientists can’t claim to be neutral about their discoveries

March 17, 2014

Science has impact. RIBI Image Library, CC BY There is an enormous gap between the effects and consequences of science,…
How to break free from the stifling grip of luxury journals

December 30, 2013

Science needs a revolution: it’s time to rise and act. Eric Risberg/AP Last week was the most memorable week…
Alan Alda’s science contest asks: What is color?

December 11, 2013

In this April 26, 2013 file photo, actor and sometimes science professor Alan Alda addresses a Communicating Science…
Schekman’s ‘luxury journal’ boycott doesn’t go far enough

December 11, 2013

Randy Schekman: I will not publish in Nature, Science and Cell. James Kegley Recipients of this year’s Nobel Prizes…
Scientists falter as much as bankers in pursuit of answers

December 5, 2013

Are you as sure as the bankers? smanography Bankers aim to maximise profits. Scientists aim to understand reality. But…
‘Balancing’ the one-year mission risks

October 1, 2013

If you’ve ever stumbled out of bed in the middle of the night, fallen out of a yoga…
Scientists should engage in policy, but it’s a balancing act

September 30, 2013

It’s easier to give up. slipperytiger In a recent speech at the British Science Festival in Newcastle, England, Astronomer Royal Martin…
Scientists need to prove their research is worth it

June 11, 2013

Plato said true philosophers are “those who love to see the truth” – a desire to seek and…
The bigger the Bigfoot claim, the bigger the need for evidence

February 20, 2013

Forget blurry pictures and casts of big foot-prints. A Texas veterinarian, Dr Melba Ketchum, and her collaborators have…
Why Science Journal Paywalls Have to Go

February 20, 2013

After a close family friend died from pancreatic cancer, I turned to the Internet to help me understand…
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