Failure Is Good (When You Learn from Mistakes), Experts Say
Grade of F
September 23rd, 2014
What do the light bulb, the polio vaccine and the Internet have in common? They were all considered failures at first, but later became extremely successful.
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Americans Respect (But Don't Always Trust) Scientists
Laboratory
September 23rd, 2014
In the eyes of the American public, scientists are seen as respectable and competent — but not necessarily trustworthy, according to a new study. If scientists want to soften their image, they might could try to seem a little warmer.
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Campfire Tales Served as Early Human Social Media
Kalahari Trance Healing
September 22nd, 2014
Firelight storytelling helps people develop and spread culture and abstract ideas, an anthropologist says. Sharing tales around a fire can also reinforce social traditions, encourage harmony and equality, and create a sense of community.
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Concerned About Climate? Don't Be A Downer (Op-Ed)
climate change, communication
September 23rd, 2014
There is a balance to strike between doom-ridden messages and “bright-side” opportunities, and uncertainties around the science and the expected effects of climate change must be factored in too. Can risk language help?
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Why Research Trumps 'Certainty' (Op-Ed)
US Army scientists analyze samples
September 22nd, 2014
It is comforting to feel like we understand the world around us and reassuring to have an explanation for everything. But where does our understanding come from and how reliable is it?
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Your Politics Stink: People Can Literally Smell Ideology
man looking at guy closing, covering nose, something stinks
September 22nd, 2014
Body odor may hint at a person's politics, according to a new study that finds people prefer the odors of those whose ideology matches their own over people on the opposite end of the spectrum.
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Prize for 480 New Varieties of Wheat
wheat, innovation
September 19th, 2014
Across the world, scientists are currently exploring a range of strategies to increase wheat yield.
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Strange New Type of Brain Cell Discovered
A neuron with an axon protruding directly from a dendrite rather than from the cell body.
September 23rd, 2014
Neuroscientists have discovered a new shape of brain cell that sends signals by bypassing the cell body altogether. The cells seem to be especially efficient responders, but their purpose remains a mystery.
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Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
A photograph of Richard III's jaw and face show penetrating injuries to the maxilla, or upper jaw.
September 21st, 2014
Silly science awards, antidepressant effects and the World's happiest country — just a few of the coolest stories in Science this week.
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