Does science require predictions?
Oct 12, 2016
While the past may seem like a foreign country, the future is a more mysterious land. Full of potential and promise, tragedy and heartache, people have always sought glimpses of a map of the future. Visions of Christmases-Yet-to-Come ...
MAVEN spacecraft gears up to observe global dust storm on Mars
Aug 23, 2016
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN Mission (MAVEN) orbiter will have a front-row seat to watch a marvelous dusty spectacle in late 2016. The spacecraft, nearing its second anniversary in Martian orbit, has already ...
Ecologists compile huge soil fungi database
Jul 05, 2016
Forest ecologist Justine Karst is a co-author of a significant new resource—the world's largest database of research analyzing how mycorrhizal fungi affect plant productivity.
Deep learning helps to map Mars and analyze its surface chemistry
Jun 07, 2016
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mount Holyoke College are teaming up to apply recent advances in machine learning, specifically biologically inspired deep learning methods, to analyze large amounts ...
Guidelines for best practices in the publication of scientific data
Mar 17, 2016
March 15 2016, the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship were formally published in the Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Data. The problem the FAIR Principles address is the lack ...
How computers broke science – and what we can do to fix it
Nov 09, 2015
Reproducibility is one of the cornerstones of science. Made popular by British scientist Robert Boyle in the 1660s, the idea is that a discovery should be reproducible before being accepted as scientific knowledge.
Rosetta hits 'milestone' in comet's run past Sun
Aug 13, 2015
The European space probe Rosetta captured a range of scientific data Thursday as it trailed an ancient comet past the Sun which could help scientists better understand the origins of life on Earth.
Russia files UN claim over vast swathe of Arctic
Aug 04, 2015
Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.
Varying animal research standards are leading to bad science
Jul 29, 2015
Scientific research sometimes requires the use of animals. It's a fact. And as long as that is the case, we need to do everything in our power to minimise the distress for laboratory animals. This is not just for the sake ...
How to read a digital footprint
Jun 23, 2015
Researchers are using social media data to build a picture of the personalities of millions, changing core ideas of how psychological profiling works. They say it could revolutionise employment and commerce, but the work ...