The use of jargon kills people's interest in science, politics

When scientists and others use their specialized jargon terms while communicating with the general public, the effects are much worse than just making what they’re saying hard to understand.advertisement In a new study, people exposed to jargon when reading about subjects like self-driving cars and surgical robots later said they were less interested in science […]

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Americans maintain high levels of trust in science

A new report analyzing decades of public opinion surveys reveals that the public’s trust in scientists has remained stable and high over decades.advertisement By various measures, Americans reported that they trusted scientists more than they trusted many other institutions and professions, including journalists, judges and Congress. That trust can affect how people interpret scientific information […]

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Any amount of running linked to significantly lower risk of early death

Woman running (stock image).Credit: © ParinPIX / Adobe Stock Any amount of running is linked to a significantly lower risk of death from any cause, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.advertisement If more people took up running — and they wouldn’t have to run far or […]

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How to dismantle a nuclear bomb

Missiles with warheads concept (stock image).Credit: © gerasimov174 / Adobe Stock How do weapons inspectors verify that a nuclear bomb has been dismantled? An unsettling answer is: They don’t, for the most part. When countries sign arms reduction pacts, they do not typically grant inspectors complete access to their nuclear technologies, for fear of giving away […]

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By targeting flu-enabling protein, antibody may protect against wide-ranging strains

Influenza virus illustration (stock image).Credit: © Axel Kock / Adobe Stock A nationwide team of researchers has found an antibody that protects mice against a wide range of potentially lethal influenza viruses, advancing efforts to design of a universal vaccine that could either treat or protect people against all strains of the virus.advertisement The study, which […]

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