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Symptoms, cures for fake news

Technology Review headline

Strong media literacy must be taught as early as elementary school, and journalists and scientists need to ensure accuracy of the information they distribute, to curb the spread of misinformation, particularly in the age of social media, experts say.

Creating communities at home and abroad

Recent studies of evolutionary history, genetics and cognition suggest that at the core of any solution must be a sense that we are all on the same team.

Fishing for the future

Fishing boat

Climate change and its effects could threaten the very existence of those whose lives and livelihoods depend on the world’s fisheries, as waters warm and sea dwellers move away in search of more hospitable environments.

Science skills translate to business sense

Embracing entrepreneurship can help researchers and physicians enhance and multiply the impact of their work, a noted physician-entrepreneur says.

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.