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How to (seriously) read a scientific paper. Adam Ruben’s tongue-in-cheek column about the common difficulties and frustrations of reading a scientific paper broadly resonated among Science Careers readers.

How to (seriously) read a scientific paper

Uncannily Youthful At 67, He Embodies Antidote To Bummer 'Biggest Loser' Study. The disturbing study hit The New York Times front page in May, and now it’s officially out in the journal Obesity: In the years after their “Biggest Loser” triumphs, nearly all contestants on the TV show regain the weight they fought so hard to lose, and their metabolisms end up slower than when they started.

Uncannily Youthful At 67, He Embodies Antidote To Bummer 'Biggest Loser' Study

“Obesity is a serious disease that cannot be ‘cured’ with weight loss,” writes Dr. Youths bring lawsuits to push governments into helping stop climate change. SEATTLE, Wash. — Dozens of young people want a say in the planet's future.

Youths bring lawsuits to push governments into helping stop climate change

To make their voices heard, these young people — though not old enough to vote — have been suing states and the federal government to force action on climate change. The burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, creates greenhouse gases that heat up the Earth and change the climate. These youths say global warming will harm their generation the most. They believe the government should protect natural resources, including the atmosphere, as a "public trust" for future generations. In Seattle, eight youths between the ages of 10 and 15 are represented by the Western Environmental Law Center. Bringing Legal Action All Over America. Meet 12 Badass Scientists…Who Also Happen to be Women — TED Fellows.

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Meet 12 Badass Scientists…Who Also Happen to be Women — TED Fellows

Renée Hlozek, cosmologist South African cosmologist Renée Hlozek studies the cosmic microwave background — radiation left over from the Big Bang — to better understand the initial conditions of the universe and how it grew into the structures, such as galaxies, we see today. “My field is about asking questions about the nature and evolution of the universe, fundamental to our understanding of ourselves,” Hlozek says. Scientists discover fossils from extinct, ancient ancestor of modern humans. The two men were amateur cavers who enjoyed the challenge of burrowing through dark and possibly dangerous caves.

Scientists discover fossils from extinct, ancient ancestor of modern humans

This time their route proved particularly difficult. They were exploring one of a group of caves in South Africa known as Rising Star. Their goal was an unexplored chamber deep underground. Most people believed the cave had already given up most of its treasures years ago. Still, American scientist Lee Berger had asked the men to keep their eyes open for ancient remains. Almost Human, But Not Quite. Echolocation gives blind people a visual on the world. How Scientific American makes its infographics. Flip through the pages of a scientific journal and you’ll find numerous figures, charts, and diagrams visualizing important scientific discoveries.

How Scientific American makes its infographics

But interpreting those visuals may leave you scratching your head. It’s important to remember that scientists present their data in ways that their fellow scientists can comprehend. Technical jargon and statistical error bars can efficiently communicate the legitimacy of a scientific breakthrough to a scientific audience. Brain growth stunted in poor children, schoolwork suffers, scientists find. Growing up in poverty affects American children in a number of ways.

Brain growth stunted in poor children, schoolwork suffers, scientists find

A new study published this week shows that one effect of poverty is that it can harm brain development. It has long been known that growing up poor is linked to poorer performance in school. The new study examines how poverty affects both school performance and brain development. It shows that growing up poor harms children's brain development. It also reveals that differences in brain development between rich and poor children may account for up to 20 percent of the differences in their school performance. Scanning And Studying Brains In other words, scientists now have a partial answer to the question of why poverty makes it harder to succeed in school: it harms brain development. Twin panda births surprise National Zoo, though one cub later dies. Laurie Thompson was sitting at her desk in the National Zoo's giant panda house Saturday night, when she heard a noise from a video screen.

Twin panda births surprise National Zoo, though one cub later dies

TweetDeck. State parks hope to tempt kids into nature, not Nintendo. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some states want to get kids to unplug from computers and plug in to the outdoors at state parks.

State parks hope to tempt kids into nature, not Nintendo

States such as Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico and North Carolina are sponsoring activities for students. Why Does Corn Have Silk? Essay: How corn took spotlight in American diet, but not in Europe. Writer's block is our minds going blank. Like now. Scientists can prove it. Helping the bee and its habitat before the food chain gets stung. WASHINGTON — The humble bee is most famous for its buzz and sting.

Helping the bee and its habitat before the food chain gets stung

While both a nuisance and threat, this insect is actually a very important piece of the American food chain. Many have been dying as they cannot find food to eat. Now, the president is stepping in to protect the creature as its habitat disappears. On May 19, the Obama administration announced the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators. The president hopes this plan will help save bees and other small winged animals.

Some environmentalists and experts say the decline in bees could become a disaster for our food supply. Obama's plan aims to protect the environment in a number of ways.