Sarah Marshall has completed roughly 20,000 academic surveys. Clay Hamilton has finished about 40,000. Marshall and Hamilton are part of a small but highly-active community of paid online study participants who generate data at break-neck speed to fuel modern scientific research. But can a person who’s completed thousands of surveys still provide good data? Here’s a look at the humans feeding science from inside the machine. Continue reading
Loss of habitat has contributed to the 90 percent decrease of Monarch butterflies. Continue reading
Parliament’s House of Commons just approved further testing on “three-person babies”, a technique that would use the genetic material from three people to create a healthy baby. It’s a misleading term, scientists say, and it doesn’t explain why for some couples this may be their only chance of having a healthy child of their own. Continue reading
Pick a card, any card, says the magician. Though seemingly offered a choice to pick whichever card you want, in a majority of the cases your brain has already fallen right into the magician’s trap.
WASHINGTON — The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.
No fanfare. No cleverly contrived quote for the history books. And yet, at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1969, three months after Neil Armstrong’s famous step, came another giant leap for mankind. Just months after the first manned moon … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. is finally ready to examine the inside of one of the three compromised reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant — with the help of a remote-controlled robot that uncannily resembles a snake.
In Jaipur, India, about 150 patients show up every day at an organization that creates low-cost prosthetic limbs for people with mobility problems. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on an innovative and affordable design being developed for those who have lost legs above the knee. Continue reading
Three billion miles from Earth, the New Horizons space probe sent back its first images of Pluto and its largest moon Charon. Moving at 31,000 miles per hour, New Horizons is set to snap more photos in the coming months, revealing the mystery planet in clear detail for the first time. Continue reading