Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds

Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds

Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds Research also finds women generally more religious than men Students in religious countries are likely to perform worse in science and maths than their more agnostic or atheist counterparts, new research has found. “Countries that are more religious score lower in educational performance,” the […]

European Union science will SUFFER after Brexit, boffins claim

European Union science will SUFFER after Brexit, boffins claim

European Union science will SUFFER after Brexit, boffins claim SCIENTIFIC researchers in Britain are “being pushed” to collaborate with non-European Union countries following Brexit, in a move that could damage academic relations between the UK and Europe, experts have warned. GETTY European scientists said they wanted to continue working with their UK counterparts The consequences […]

Amazing science stories from 2017

Amazing science stories from 2017

Amazing science stories from 2017 From the first direct evidence for black holes, to a rocky planet circling a neighbouring star, 2016 was packed with amazing science stories. Here’s a selection. Crest of a wave Image copyrightLIGO/T. PYLE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYImage captionArtist’s impression: The existence of gravitational waves was first proposed by Albert Einstein About a […]

Brexit barriers 'would harm science', say universities

Brexit barriers ‘would harm science’, say universities

Brexit barriers ‘would harm science’, say universities Related Topics Image copyrightPAImage captionThe UK’s universities are among the biggest beneficiaries of EU research funding Barriers to research collaboration in Europe as a result of Brexit would harm scientific progress, says a group of leading UK universities. Science and research should be a priority in the talks […]

Science and religion 'aren't as opposed as you'd think': Beliefs have a similar basis regardless of which side you're on, experts claim

Science and religion ‘aren’t as opposed as you’d think’: Beliefs have a similar basis regardless of which side you’re on, experts claim

Science and religion ‘aren’t as opposed as you’d think’: Beliefs have a similar basis regardless of which side you’re on, experts claim The debate about science and religion is usually viewed as a competition between worldviews. Research earlier this week found people suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage the parts […]

NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter  Prepares :NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 […]

ALIENS ARE ENORMOUS, SCIENCE SUGGESTS

ALIENS ARE ENORMOUS, SCIENCE SUGGESTS

ALIENS ARE ENORMOUS, SCIENCE SUGGESTS A ALIENS : new paper by cosmologist Fergus Simpson suggests other intelligent beings in the universe might be much larger than humans. Aliens, if they exist, are likely huge. At least that’s the conclusion of a new paper by cosmologist Fergus Simpson, who has estimated that the average weight of […]

Is religion good for your health?

Is religion good for your health?

Is religion good for your health? Science and religion, anyone? Come now, stifle those yawns. A paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B this week claims to offer a fresh perspective, with the startling suggestion that religion is a way to protect us from disease. The general idea behind this theory — that […]

Science of ‘Arrival’: If Aliens Call, Does Humanity Have a Plan?

Science of ‘Arrival’: If Aliens Call, Does Humanity Have a Plan?

Science of ‘Arrival’: If Aliens Call, Does Humanity Have a Plan? The science fiction movie “Arrival,” which opened in theaters this month, poses tantalizing questions about how humans might make contact — and eventually communicate — with intelligent aliens. The much-hyped film has renewed people’s interest in the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the […]

What’s the difference between science and religion? Thoughts about indigenous knowledge systems

What’s the difference between science and religion? Thoughts about indigenous knowledge systems

What’s the difference between science and religion? Thoughts about indigenous knowledge systems Difference Several of our anthropology research team members just came from a lecture by Prof Sandra Harding from UCLA on different science and knowledge systems, which was really inspiring. It was part of an Indigenous Knowledge Systems Workshop here at the Arctic Centre, the […]

Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged

Challenged :Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged

Challenged :Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged Challenged : When it comes to politics, why can’t we all just get along? New brain imaging research offers a rather alarming neurological explanation. As we’ve repeatedly seen in this divisive post-election season, political beliefs are so deeply entrenched in the psyche that people will often […]