Science News, December 2015

500px-Sciences_exactes.svgAre you the eldest child? Then you’re probably smarter than your siblings: First-born may get an IQ boost from teaching brothers and sisters

Fathers May Pass Down More Than Just Genes, Study Suggests

Forget X-rays, now you can see through walls using WI-FI: Device captures silhouettes and can even identify people when they’re stood behind CONCRETE

Study demonstrates a pattern in ‘how scientists lie about their data’

The DNA test ‘that reveals if you’re gay’: Genetic code clue is 70% accurate, claim scientists

Reliable in what regard?:

The American Academy has become a politically orthodox and quasi-religious institution. When everyone shares the same politics and prejudices, the disconfirmation process breaks down. Political orthodoxy is particularly dangerous for the social sciences, which grapple with so many controversial topics (such as race, racism, gender, poverty, immigration, politics, and climate science). America needs innovative and trustworthy research on all these topics, but can a social science that lacks viewpoint diversity produce reliable findings?

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