Kindling interest might be better than filling people with facts.
The scientific community always wants more cash to fund research. A new study examines whether more concrete knowledge of science or more general interest in it is likelier to loosen the pursestrings.
He analizado cómo los medios de comunicación estadounidenses ofrecen información sobre epidemias. Las primeras conclusiones no son halagüeñas.
Congolese health workers prepare equipment before the launch of vaccination campaign against the deadly Ebola virus.
A study of recent epidemics like Zika and Ebola suggests that the media may fail to tell the public what to do during an outbreak.
It’s difficult to measure media bias.
Nearly half of Americans say they see a great deal of bias in the news media. But the research on this subject is unresolved.
Vaccinations have saved countless lives and untold suffering, even though many adults still believe vaccines are bad for their children.
Vaccines have long been considered safe, but many people still believe they are not. A new study shows that people who think they know more than medical experts are more likely to believe that vaccine are not safe.
A sound vibration.
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A mystery disease that struck US personnel in Cuba and China triggered fears of a sonic weapon. But two experts argue that this is just about leveraging a medical mystery for political gain.
Students have been protesting conditions at Howard University for several days.
As the student protest over conditions at Howard University continues, a scholar weighs in on what the fallout means for historically black colleges and universities.
Students rally in front of the White House in Washington, March 14, 2018.
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Young activists are using journalism to advance their cause. Though their work echoes student activists and journalists of the 1960s, they use new tools not available to the activists of that era.
When a cell divides, mitochondria are randomly allotted to the resulting new cells.
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The genes in our cells' mitochondria are passed on in a different way than the vast majority of our DNA. New studies shed light on how the unique process isn't derailed by mutations.
James Stewart and Donna Reed in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’
Just as facts are stubborn, myths in the era of social media are also
proving to be as well. And, that can be harmful, particularly when it
comes to the media reporting on holiday suicides. Here's why.
Researchers are taking a close look at “college promise” programs to see if they actually help more students obtain a college education.
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As more "college promise" programs are set up in the United States, researchers will be watching to see which ones do the best job at helping students realize their college dreams.
Charitable donors may share some common traits.
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Donors who support charitable causes have a 'taste' for giving, researchers found.
When rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and surrounding areas, some people were more eager to volunteer than others.
Caring about someone you have never met, this new brain research suggests, may have a lot in common with caring about the people you love.
Is this how we got the sperm and the egg?
An ancient sexual conflict over mitochondrial inheritance may be responsible for the evolution of the two sexes as we know them.
A group of teenagers hanging out.
In recent years, the notion of a structurally imbalanced teenage brain has been faulted for bad choices. A review of studies suggests that a deficit in brain development is not to blame.
Former president of Boswana Ketumile Masire.
Botswana’s late president Ketumile Masire was original and daring. He should be remembered for his courage and prudence.
Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and chair of the Emerson Collective.
There are some benefits to the uptick in billionaire newspaper and magazine owners, who can weather short-term losses for the sake of long-term gains. But whose interests are really being served?
The mall's inventor, Victor Gruen, envisioned thriving hubs of civic activity, rather than bland, asphalt-enclosed shopping centers. Is his original vision now being realized – or further corrupted?
As journalism loses its financial footing, it may need more support from foundations.
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Big cash infusions can give nonprofit journalism a much-needed boost. But the ailing news industry needs more consistent funding.
In the absence of the government, and with important negotiations ahead, it's helpful to understand what citizens think about Brexit.