The Texas Board of Education couldn't muster the votes late yesterday to grant preliminary approval for new history and social studies textbooks for classrooms across the nation's second-largest state, failing to act amid stinging criticism of the proposed books from both the right and left.
MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses and individuals. The project is one of three new academic endeavors to receive a total of $45 million in support through the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative.
It’s little wonder that we often feel as though our kids aren’t as successful with reading as we’d like them to be. The “reading wars”— the battle between sounding out words and using the sentence as context for understanding— have seemed only to add unnecessary stress and anxiety for parents, caregivers and teachers alike. The feelings in regard to reading often translate into less-than-productive reading experiences for kids.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Democratic divisions were on vivid display in a bill that pitted environmentalists against energy advocates.
Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given the world’s aging population.
Chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor’s environment or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets.
On a quest to design an alternative to the two complex approaches currently used to produce electrons within microwave electron guns, a team of researchers has demonstrated a plug-and-play solution capable of operating in this high-electric-field environment with a high-quality electron beam.
Curbing the routine use of preventive antibiotics before dental work may have contributed to a rise in heart valve infections in England, a new study suggests. In the U.S., the highest-risk patients still get these drugs and no similar trend has been seen.
A study has found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age seven. The research also showed that, for mothers who delivered their babies by a Caesarean section— whether elective or non-elective— there was a higher risk for obesity in their offspring.
Seventy-four percent of parents would consider removing their kids from daycare if other children were unvaccinated, while 41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare.
Leave it to long-dead short-tailed shrew and flying squirrels to outfox climate modelers trying to predict future habitats. Evidence from the fossil record shows that a gluttonous insect-eating shrew didn't live where a species distribution technique, drawn by biologists, put it 20,000 years ago to survive the reach of glaciers.
Determinants of health have traditionally been the concern of public health and have not been linked closely to clinical practice. However, if standardized social and behavioral data can be incorporated into patient electronic health records (EHRs), those data can provide crucial information about factors that influence health and the effectiveness of treatment.
The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled today in a setback to small drone operators chafing under FAA restrictions.
A new computer model can identify unknown chemical mechanisms that could improve energy production and storage, or the development of new medicines.
Researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans, and not a subspecies of modern humans. The research also indicates that the Neanderthals' extinction was likely because of competition from modern humans and not an inability to process a colder and drier climate.