An extraordinary new Pentagon study has concluded that the US-backed framework of international order established after World War II is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing,” leading the United States to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs.
New study finds Antarctic ice shelves are melting more rapidly. Some may be irrecoverably melted, glaciologists say.
A study published in Nature Communications journal found that mice who were purposefully stressed before reproducing had offspring that were more resilient.
A Pew Research Center project has shown that conservatives and liberals revolve in their own separate media and news universes.
The percentage of unemployed workers receiving unemployment insurance (UI) has reached its lowest point since 1987, according to the Economic Policy Institute. During the Great Recession, which technically ended in 2009, unemployment spiked. As the EPI reports, “the UI recipiency rate reached about two-thirds of all unemployed workers” during this time. The number of people receiving […]
By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — How early can autism be detected in babies, and how soon can they be treated? A baby’s first birthday visit to the pediatrician usually includes a screening for the social deficits common with autism spectrum disorder. But doctors and scientists tend to agree that they can’t […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — More than half of nursing home patients who suffer severe dementia and are likely to die within a year or two are administered medications that offer little to no benefit and may cause pointless discomfort, a new study finds. The latest research, published in JAMA Internal […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Uplifting news for the girls: Regularly wearing a brassiere does not increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, a new study finds. Not found in the latest research: Compared with their bra-wearing sisters, aging women who avoid such structural support in hopes of reducing their breast […]
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Home, supercluster home. Astronomers studying the skies have found that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of an enormous supercluster of galaxies that has been named Laniakea, which comes from the Hawaiian words for “immeasurable heaven.” Laniakea, described in the journal Nature, stretches roughly 500 […]
By Jeffrey Weiss, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curriculums and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants. What happened? Science […]
By David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PITTSBURGH — A parent enjoying an alcoholic drink might find his or her young child to be curious about what’s in that bottle or glass. It raises the question: Should the parent offer the child just a taste? Will it remove the temptation or encourage use or even abuse? University […]
Opponents of carbon-reduction policies always argue that they’re too expensive. But a new study published in Nature Climate Change shows that popular proposals to cut carbon dioxide emissions not only help the environment, but can drastically lower health care costs. The savings in some scenarios are more than 10 times the cost of implementing the policies. […]
By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times Scientists have been looking for a blood test or other biological marker for post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be difficult to diagnose. Experimenting in rats, they may have found one. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers stressed out dozens […]
One would think that hearing that blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of the prison population would make people want to do something to reform the criminal justice system. But not in America. A new study published in Psychological Science shows that telling white people about the unequal nature of the system only intensifies their support for policies that […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times To predict a large population’s likely response to something — a product, politician, or policy — political consultants, marketing gurus, and advertising execs have long favored the focus group. Ask a small segment of the target audience what it thinks about something, the formula goes. Tweak accordingly, and unleash […]
By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times How many times will we have to be told? Apparently we haven’t reached the point when we’ll change our habits, but here goes again: Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day can help us live longer. That comes from researchers’ analysis of 16 studies covering 833,234 people, […]
By Julia Rosen, Los Angeles Times What if the best way to change minds isn’t to tell people why they’re wrong, but to tell them why they’re right? Scientists tried this recently and discovered that agreeing with people can be a surprisingly powerful way to shake up strongly held beliefs. Researchers found that showing people […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times In the recession from which the United States is recovering, unemployment among blacks and Latinos has been deeper and more entrenched, incomes in black and Latino communities have fallen more sharply and recovery has been slower and far less complete. Labor economists cite a host of structural and institutional […]
By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Good health is priceless, but autism spectrum disorders can be very expensive. A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million. Either of those totals is enough to give most people sticker shock. The […]
By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times Nontraditional families, such as those headed by single parents or same-sex couples, are in far worse financial shape than conventional households headed by married heterosexuals with children, according to a new study. Nontraditional families fare much worse across a variety of measures, including their ability to save money for […]