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Using language skills to detect Alzheimer’s

The way you first learn to construct and articulate sentences early in life might not be the speech pattern you hang on to the longest as you age and lose mental acuity.

Medical cannabis could improve quality of life, executive functioning for patients

Marijuana flower

Medical use of marijuana is fully legal in 28 states, with another 17 states allowing limited use in specified cases. But policy has outpaced research and investigation into cannabis’s effects on the brain — both positive and negative.

Neurotechnology in motion

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis with AMPET helmet

Supported by President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, three female neuroscientists have made significant advances in studying the brain in active subjects.

Regulating the future of human gene editing

CRISPR-Cas9 editing

While scientists have not yet made changes to human reproductive cells that can be passed down through generations, the most recent breakthrough in gene editing technology — CRISPR-Cas9 — has brought us to the brink of this possibility.

What students get wrong about studying

Bubble test

Research by cognitive psychologist Henry Roediger and his colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis suggests testing one’s memory is an important part of studying.

WCSJ 2017 promises a diverse, provocative conference

By William G. Schulz

Next year’s World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ), to be held Oct. 26 to 30, 2017, in San Francisco, was previewed at a special luncheon briefing at NASW’s 2016 annual meeting, held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1., in San Antonio.

It will be the first WCSJ conference to be held in the U.S. San Francisco was chosen in part because of the region’s rich concentration of science and technology innovation in both the public and private sector.

Byline Counting project: Data and solutions

By Diana Steele

The Byline Counting Project panel generated a lively discussion between panelists and audience members about the lack of gender parity in science feature writing. The project demonstrated that career-making marquee features are heavily dominated by male writers.

Nearly 30 volunteers counted bylines in 11 publications for eight months and divided the writers by gender.

How to increase your social media reach when you’re a one-person shop

Maria Belen Farias, Saba Sedighi, Rebecca Burton, Brandon Echter, Bob Hughes

Managing social media in a small or solo business can be challenging but there are strategies and tips to make things easier, according to panelists in "How to increase your social media reach when you’re a one-person shop."

Reaching "the front page of the Internet": A science writer’s guide to using Reddit

Pam Frost-Gorder

Reddit has a reputation. But for all its potential unsavoriness, Reddit is a powerful social media platform — one capable of reaching thousands of potential readers.

Reporters, PIOs tell how to ask and answer the tough questions

Like the insurance company commercials that note "If you’re a parrot, you repeat things" and "If you’re a mom, you call at the worst time," it is obvious that "If you’re a science writer, you ask questions" and "If you’re a science PIO, you answer questions." But what if the questions are about research misconduct, questionable studies, plagiarism or other negative or controversial aspects of the science and technology communicated by NASW members?