A new study published in the upcoming issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest is shedding light on the science - or lack thereof - behind online dating services. The psychological scientists who wrote the report hope to indentify how online dating might be hurting singles.
Co-written by Eli J. Finkel (Northwestern University), Paul W. Eastwick (Texas A & M University), Benjamin R. Karney (UCLA), Harry T. Reis (University of Rochester), and Susan Sprecher (Illinois State University), the report reviews over 400 psychology studies and surveys.
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The technology works by embedding a custom-made sapphire LED and circular antenna into a plastic contact lens. In the test, a single pixel was controlled by a remote radio frequency transmitting data from the lens.Continue »
Not that they don't ever make the final cut (no pun intended). During the last 83 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has rarely even nominated a sci-fi or fantasy film for Best Picture, and no science fiction film has ever walked away with the prize. Last year, TWO sci-fi films were up for the award, and BOTH lost. Perhaps by now, sci-fi enthusiasts are used to getting slighted, but you have to wonder.
When it comes to offering knock-out images from the world of science , the annual competition sponsored by the Wellcome Collection in London has generated a trove of amazing photos. Now in its 11th year, the event has consistently produced breathtaking shots of human and animal biology over the years - and 2011 is no exception. As a review in the Londonist put it, "if you've ever wondered why people go into the sciences, the Wellcome Image Awards will give you 21 good reasons." We agree.
The Pope has weighed into the age-old debate between religion and science over the universe's origins, telling worshipers gathered at St. Peter's Basilica that God was behind the Big Bang.
In a sermon marking the Epiphany, the day when Bible says three kings gathered at the site where Jesus was born by following a star, Pope Benedict XVI said "the universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe."
After a century of progress, the issues that medicine must tackle in the coming year aren't that different from the ones that faced doctors at the start of 1911, according to the observations of the medical journal The Lancet.
The publication's lead editorial for Jan. 1 uses a century-old lens to explore the question, "How much really changes?" by looking back to an editorial called "The Promise of 1911." In the older editorial, The Lancet assessed progress to that point and the challenges ahead.Continue »
Sprinkling some science into Hollywood blockbusters can go a long way toward inspiring the next generation of physicists, astronomers and biologists, such scientists agree.
That was one key message from a panel of scientists, filmmakers and media experts at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union this month.
The movie science doesn't even have to be entirely accurate, some of the panelists added when asked to consider the role and impact of science in cinema. As long as it plants a seed of curiosity in viewers, it may spur them to investigate scientific issues on their own -- and perhaps consider a career in science down the road.
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The study finds that the expertise and prominence of climate researchers convinced by the evidence of climate change "vastly overshadows that of the climate change skeptics and contrarians."
The report also alludes to the media presentation of both sides in the climate change debate, which it says has helped foster public misunderstanding. The reason: Not all climate researchers "are equal in scientific credibility and expertise in the climate system."
When it comes to judging "he mainstream versus skeptical/contrarian researchers," the study argues for a stronger consideration of "expert credibility in the relative weight of and attention to these groups of researchers in future discussions in media, policy, and public forums regarding anthropogenic climate change."
Among its findings:
97-98% of the climate researchers who most actively publish in the field support the thesis outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Greenhouse gases are responsible for "most" of the "unequivocal" warming of the Earth's average global temperature during the second half of the 20th century.
The report comes even as public opinion remains split. A recent Gallup survey carried out for Yale University found that 40% of Americans believe scientists remain of two minds about global warming. (At the same time 68% favored the idea of an international treaty binding the United States to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 90% by the year 2050.)
After unusually heavy snowfall earlier this year, some Republican politicians said the weather pattern undermined the argument for global warming. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin described studies supporting the existence of global warming as snake oil.
The study only considered researchers who had demonstrated climate expertise, setting a minimum a 20 climate-publications to be considered.
These are some of the questions that we try to answer in an upcoming story for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. It may be airing tomorrow (Friday) night. We spoke to a number of prominent people from all those fields about their expectations and hopes. We also talked to one woman who may be directly affected by any policy decisions; she puts a human face on all the scientific data and studies.
Also, before cozying up for commercials and football this weekend, I hope you'll tune in to CBS Sunday Morning. It's the 30th anniversary edition of the beloved program (OK, I'm a little biased), and I'm contributed a story about ice. Yes, ice. As in cubes. But not just any old frozen water. For those who enjoy imbibing a good cocktail it can be the unsung hero by adding a touch of class or esthetic. But at too many bars or (Super Bowl) parties the ice ends up melting in such a hurry that it ruins the work of your favorite mixologist. It's also a story about people who carve ice, eat ice (true), and generally believe that ice is now hot. You'll have to watch to find out more -- including the secrets to a bar in Las Vegas that's all made of ice, even the glasses.
There's some hardcore technical details about composite materials that bend electromagnetic waves and it's still many years away from being done on a larger scale but we'll try to distill it all for you on Tuesday morning's Early Show. The research appears in this week's journal Science and Nature.
Last week was busy with a surprise population of western lowland gorillas, an indictment in the huge credit card hacking ring, and preparing a presidential piece that compares the online presence of both candidates. It's slated to air on Thursday night's Evening News with Katie Couric. It comes on the heels of news that Democratic senator Barack Obama plans to alert his online subscribers via text message when he chooses a running mate, and Republican senator John McCain has revamped a portion of his site that rallies people for events like local fundraisers. Who comes out ahead in the internet race? Stay tuned, and stay connected!
Back on the ground and positioned in front of a TV at the JFK airport baggage claim, Anthony and I watched the Phoenix Mars Lander ease its way down, going through the final stages of landing that NASA dubbed "seven minutes of terror" since there was no inflated balloon to cushion its descent. But all went according to plan with the chute and thrusters, and the engineers at JPL in Pasadena, CA, erupted in cheers.
Her site contains stories, ideas, and videos that revolve around the Zen ideal, and some of the clips are illustrative of Zen through their spontaneity, such as the time a Silicon Valley exec decided to flip Drue (Judo style) and she gracefully went along for the ride. You have to see it. Anyway, I recently interviewed Drue for a CBS Radio segment, so keep an ear out for that, too.
Wanted to mention a cool story from the BBC today, which shows how researchers in France are using a high-powered X-ray to peer through dense amber (fossil resin) and analyze bugs and insects that have been trapped there for millions of years. It's part spycam, part high tech, and very gee whiz. They can even build 3-D images. Check it out here.
The contest is a long-standing tradition at Nikon, dating back to 1974. (At one point the CEO of Nikon came in to greet us.) It's grown immensely over the past several years in conjunction with the growth of digital cameras. And so it was up to me and my four fellow judges to determine the top 100 images, then order the top 20, ultimately deciding on the best submission. Here's the rub: We started with 1,709 photographs.
It took a full day of deliberation last week in the Nikon headquarters in Melville, NY, (not unlike jury duty). Each image was displayed to us in a plasma screen and we discussed whether to keep it or toss it. Somewhere between image number 1,267 and 953, I honestly began to wonder if this was really how I agreed to spend my day. (I know I wasn't alone with that sentiment.) There were no fights (nothing involving thrown chairs anyway), though there was lots of spirited debate. At times it was mentally exhausting. So what kept us going? It's actually really cool and impressive stuff. From cancer cells to microchips to flowers to embryos to bugs. A true convergence of art and science at a microscopic level. Not only do these images potentially provide a greater understanding of, say, the eye pattern on a fruit fly, it's also an astonishing collection of colorful and creative imagery. Many times we were simply curious to know what we were looking at.
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