October 10, 2013 |
Far more people are lesbian, gay or bisexual - and more people are biased against them - than say so on typical surveys, a new study suggests. The study, conducted by researchers from Ohio State University and Boston University and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research , found that even when filling out a private, anonymous survey, some people do not truthfully reveal their sexuality. At the same time, researchers found that some people who believe employers should be able to discriminate against hiring gay, lesbian or bisexual people, or who dislike the idea of having a gay manager, also shy from revealing those attitudes on surveys.
October 9, 2013 |
The U.S. Antarctic research program is another casualty of the government shutdown, and scientists are fuming. The development would scrap an entire season of research for some scientists. It "makes the blood boil," says Ross Powell, lead scientist for the WISSARD drilling expedition. He told Live Science that $5 million in research investment could go down the drain. PHOTOS: ISS crews and amazing images from space The National Science Foundation made the announcement Tuesday, recalling scientists and staff from Antarctica and placing the U.S. program in "caretaker status.
October 9, 2013 |
This week's award of the Nobel Prize in physics to Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh and Francois Englert of the Free University of Brussels is a reminder of how the U.S. blew the chance to confirm their theory of the "Higgs boson. " The confirmation came from the Large Hadron Collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN. The LHC reigns as the world's most powerful particle accelerator only because the U.S. Congress, in a sadly cheeseparing mood, canceled the the Superconducting Super Collider, or SSC, in 1993.
October 9, 2013 |
As a chemistry professor at USC, Arieh Warshel says he sometimes finds it difficult to convince his fellow scientists that computers have a place in experimental fields like his own. Many people, he laments, use them to make or watch movies, "but not to understand. " Though Warshel may hold a minority view on a campus with strong ties to Hollywood - visitors to his laboratory's website are informed that his animated computer simulations are not available on Netflix - he got a huge endorsement Wednesday from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the form of a Nobel Prize.
October 7, 2013 |
Superstar athletes Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Serena Williams led their colleagues with endorsements of food and beverages that are calorie-dense and unhealthful - sending mixed messages about diet and health, researchers said. Of 512 brands endorsed by 100 top athletes, nearly a quarter of them (122) were for food and beverages - 44 different brands in 2010, the year studied by researchers from Yale, Stanford, Duke and Harvard universities. (Some brands appeared more than once on the list.)
October 3, 2013 |
Citigroup Inc. will pay $30 million to Massachusetts to settle charges that one of its analysts in Taiwan improperly leaked research to four major clients a day before making the information public. Secretary of State William Galvin said the U.S. hedge fund and institutional clients used the advance word of the research to profit from weaker sales of Apple iPhones. PHOTOS: The costliest bank failures Galvin says Citigroup Global Markets Inc., a subsidiary of the banking giant, violated its own policies and procedures as well as federal and state securities laws.
October 1, 2013 |
The price of cocaine, heroin and marijuana have fallen over the last two decades while the purity and potency of these illegal drugs have risen, according to new research. In a paper published online recently in the journal BMJ Open, researchers say a review of drug surveillance databases suggests that global efforts to combat illegal drugs have failed to curb supply. After reviewing online drug surveillance databases for governments across the globe, researchers said they documented a clear drop in the price of illegal drugs in major drug consuming nations, as well as a trend toward larger drug seizures by authorities.
September 30, 2013 |
If you are trying to cut down on the amount of wine you drink, choose a narrow glass, the experts say. And in this case, the experts are researchers, not bartenders. Drinking from a wide glass or pouring the wine while you hold the glass both might get you a heavier handed pour, the researchers from Iowa State and Cornell universities said. Unlike a bottle of beer or a shot of spirits, a glass of wine is rarely an exact measure. The scientists set out to test some of the conditions that might affect the pour.
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September 29, 2013 |
When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat. Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in particular cells of the cerebral cortex, the brain area that was known to be the seat of vision. But nothing they showed their cats - a dot on a screen, a bright light - seemed to move the dial. In frustration, they did a little dance. They jokingly displayed magazine photos of sexy women - but to no avail.
September 28, 2013 |
"Masters of Sex," which premieres Sunday on Showtime, takes as its subject Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the authors of "Human Sexual Response," "Human Sexual Inadequacy" and other medical potboilers of the 20th century. Without making any extraordinary claims for it, it is easy to watch and to recommend, mostly sweet-natured, with a host of well-shaded performances and almost nothing to insult your intelligence. Created by Michelle Ashford ("The Pacific") from Thomas Maier's book of the same name, it is a story of men waking up to women and women waking up to themselves.