Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results
A few years back, scientists at the biotechnology company Amgen set out to replicate 53 landmark studies that argued for new approaches to treat cancers using both existing and new molecules. They were able to replicate the findings of the original research only 11 percent of the time.
In Europe’s Election Season, Tech Vies to Fight Fake News
In the battle against fake news, a Greek computer scientist living in a northern English town is on the front lines. Armed with a decade of machine learning expertise, he is part of a British start-up that will soon release an automated fact-checking tool ahead of the country’s election in early June.
It’s obvious that computers have become indispensable problem-solving partners. But it’s suddenly not enough to be a fluent user of software interfaces. Understanding what lies behind the computer’s seeming magic now seems crucial.
This is not about Republicans versus Democrats. It is about a more fundamental divide, between those who believe in evidence as a basis for life-altering and nation-defining decisions and those who adhere unflinchingly to dogma.
Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works
A man hunched over a microscope in Spain at the turn of the 20th century was making prescient hypotheses about how the brain works. Meet Santiago Ramón y Cajal, an artist, photographer, doctor, bodybuilder, scientist, chess player and publisher.
Trump’s Travel Ban, Aimed at Terrorists, Has Blocked Doctors
The Trump administration has mounted a vigorous defense of its ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim nations, saying it is necessary to prevent terrorists from entering the United States. But the ban, now blocked by a federal judge, also ensnared travelers important to the well-being of many Americans: doctors.