At a time when there's been a sharp uptick in partisan critiques of the credibility of the news media and growing concern among educators about student media literacy, a new study finds a strong connection between high school social studies teachers' political ideology and how credible they find various mainstream news outlets.
Medical University of South Carolina investigators report in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science that study participants want to know trial results but few have received this information. They also surveyed researchers, who agreed sharing findings is an ethical responsibility but say that a lack of resources and lay communication skills prevented them from doing so. By overcoming barriers to sharing results, researchers would signal to participants that they are respected partners in research.
Women in the United States hold fewer than 25% of bachelor's degrees, 20% of doctoral degrees and 19% of faculty positions in physics. At the American Physical Society March Meeting in Denver, scientists will present unique approaches to engage women in science as they pursue their education and throughout every stage of their careers.
A team of the University of Barcelona has studied for the first time the presence of microplastics in the coasts of Barcelona, with the collaboration of the citizens gathering scientific samples. The study, published in the journal Science of Total Environment, is a pioneer citizen science study worldwide, since it analyses a hard-access area for oceanography research ships, due its too shallow depth and chance to run aground, and the danger it involves regarding swimmers.
For all the benefits in the expansion of the media landscape, we're still struggling with the spread of misinformation -- and the damage is especially worrisome when it comes to information about science and health. Dan Gillmor, co-founder of the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will discuss his work on improving media literacy during a panel presentation on Feb. 15 as part of the AAAS annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.
One of the most controversial hypotheses for the origin of human language faculty is the evolutionary conjecture that language arose instantaneously in humans through a single gene mutation.
The road to gender equality in academia is long, but one Texas Tech University researcher is now part of a nationwide collaboration hoping to shorten the journey by providing a roadmap. Emily Dhurandhar, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, is one of the authors of "Turning chutes into ladders for women faculty: A review and roadmap for equity in academia," published today in the Journal of Women's Health.
Before they can get started at their field site - a giant cave studded with stalactites, stalagmites and human artifacts -- 15 undergraduate students must figure out how to use their virtual hands and tools. They also must learn to teleport. (Video available)
Conventional thinking is that bone regeneration is left to a small number of mighty cells called skeletal stem cells, which reside within larger groups of bone marrow stromal cells.
It's no secret that many insects are struggling worldwide. But we could fix these insects' problems, according to more than 70 scientists from 21 countries. Their road map to insect conservation and recovery is published in Nature Ecology & Evolution this week. From urgent 'no-regret' solutions to long-term global comparisons.