A Science March Won't Fix Science In A Post-Truth World

A Science March Won't Fix Science In A Post-Truth World

Before Brexit and the US elections, Nature magazine columnist Colin Macilwain set out a challenge: “If Donald Trump were to trigger a crisis in Western democracy, scientists would need to look at their part in its downfall.”

Now that he has become president, the possibility of crisis is real, including the spectre of a “Twitter ban” for scientists. So what of scientific introspection?

We have a vaccine for six cancers, but anti-science and anti-business beliefs prevent uptake

We have a vaccine for six cancers, but anti-science and anti-business beliefs prevent uptake

Early in our careers, few of us imagined a vaccine could one day prevent cancer. Now there is a vaccine that keeps the risk of developing six Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers at bay, but adoption of it has been slow and surprising low.

Should pregnant women avoid licorice?

Licorice is from the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra, prized for centuries because it is sweet and because of purported medical properties. Believers in traditional Chinese medicine consider it vital for the 12 regular meridians while Ayurveda claims it rejuvenates the body. Given that it is natural, and has been in use for hundreds of years across the world, it is odd that believers in organic food and other ancient practices are now being told this natural product will harm pregnant women. 

GIANT study finds 83 DNA changes related to height

The international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium has uncovered 83 new DNA changes that affect human height, some rare but some adjusting height by more than 2 centimeters. The 700,000-plus-person study also found several genes pointing to previously unknown biological pathways involved in skeletal growth. 

Get action by framing climate change studies as a sex issue

A paper published today finds that very little research into how males and females respond differently to climate change has been carried out, and that could be a real goldmine for advocates of policy changes. 

Kosher food, illegal immigrants and low birth weight

An analysis after the arrest of nearly 400 illegal immigrant workers at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa has led scholars to link immigration raid worry to low-birth weight babies. The Postville raid of 2008 was, at the time, the largest single-site federal immigration raid in US history.

Anaerobic carbon-neutral renewable methane debuts in Southern California

CR&R Environmental is building a 1.4 mile long 8-inch pipeline to connect its CR&R anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California to

Journey to the center of the core of the Earth

Journey to the center of the core of the Earth

About 85 percent of the Earth's core is made of iron, while nickel makes up an additional 10 percent. What is the final 5 percent? A variety of of light elements, it's been assumed, but no one knows.

The core, which is the deepest region of the Earth, is composed of a liquid outer core (2900~5100 km in depth) and solid inner core (5100~6400 km in depth). The core is one of the most important "final frontiers" for scientists looking to understand the history of Earth, and the conditions during its formation 4.5 billion years ago.

Millennials, you are being too hard on yourselves. Write a nice note

Millennials need less stress, and a little more time for themselves, in contrast to prior generations who attended college. 

Do we need large population studies?

A new article in JAMA Pediatrics discusses the importance of large birth cohorts, such as the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) and the Danish National Birth Cohort (BSIG) while noting why the US and Britain have tried to launch similar birth cohorts, but failed due to economic and more practical reasons.