Early next year, 350 or so Penn State students and staff, as well as local retirees and others, will wander around State College, Pa., for three weeks, pausing intermittently to drop their heads down as they tap on smart phones to answer detailed questions about how they feel immediately after nearly every social interaction they have.
As early as this season's playoffs, National Football League players will have to get the approval of an independent neurosurgeon or neurologist before they can return to play following a head injury or concussion.
The U.S. launched this week a historic program to advance clean energy in India—where simply moving the 40 percent of the South Asian nation's citizens who still burn coal, dung or wood to electricity could deliver major improvements for development, clean air and climate.
Walls to fall: 6 ideas at the intellectual frontier, from business models based on selflessness to glasses-free 3-D TV
BERLIN—November 9 marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, and to mark the occasion, the Einstein Foundation pulled together a host of leading researchers and thinkers to explore the intellectual and cultural walls that have fallen and those that remain to come down.
A video currently making the rounds on the Web ponders an intriguing astronomical scenario: What if Earth had rings, as Saturn does?
If the animation below, by YouTube user Roy Prol, is to be believed (and it seems to jibe with related imaginings, such as one in a NASA educator guide about Saturn [pdf]), rings would be a stunning addition to Earth's sky, day or night.
Researchers are now one step closer to being able to use skin tissue derived from stem cells for the treatment of burn victims, according to a study published November 21 in The Lancet .
Naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace's collection unveiled for the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origin of Species
Charles Darwin had been mulling over his observations of and theories about natural selection for years, but what finally prompted him to write On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (published November 24, 1859) was the arrival of a letter from fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 to 1913) on the very same subject.
Was Sen. James Inhofe right when he declared 2009 the year of the climate contrarian? A slew of emails stolen from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit highlight definite character flaws among some climate scientists—including an embarrassing attempt to delete emails that discussed the most recent report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—while also exposing what looks like a failure of scientists to acknowledge a halt to global warming in the past decade.
Consumer advertisements for at least one popular prescription drug have failed to stimulate increased sales among those on Medicaid, but the ads do seem to have upped the medicine's price tag, a new study claims, raising policy questions about the direct-to-consumer marketing approach.
Just days after the release of controversial new guidelines recommending against routine mammograms for most women under 50, a different group of medical professionals has announced that the frequency of Pap tests for cervical cancer detection should also be decreased for most women.
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