Steven Ross Pomeroy is the assistant editor for Real Clear Science, a science news aggregator. He regularly contributes to RCS’ Newton Blog. As a writer, Steven believes that his greatest assets are his insatiable curiosity and his ceaseless love for learning. Follow on Twitter@SteRoPo.
Within one to two hours after consuming a Red Bull, or other energy drinks like it, that statement certainly seems to ring true. Studies have shown that alertness and cognitive functioning receive a temporary jolt. But what about habitual use of energy drinks? Well, that's less studied, especially among adolescents.
We can never totally escape our biases, but we can be more aware of them, and, just maybe, take efforts to minimize their influence.
Critics contend that multiple-choice tests only encourage two things: rote memorization and hand-eye coordination.
Alcohol, excitement, stress, prolonged sitting, and fatty foods combine to create an unwholesome atmosphere like no other.
Prejudiced and non-prejudiced people are equally likely to fall victim to the other-race effect.
Scientists are widely known for their inclination to drone on about esoteric topics in a language of jargon. But every so often, they can surprise us with conciseness.
In the long term, a life-changing earthquake in America's heartland is almost certainly inevitable.
We Earthlings have lots of growing up to do before we reach the shimmering standard of equality set by Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets.
Richard Feynman: "Social science is an example of a science which is not a science... They follow the forms... but they don't get any laws."
Last fall, John Cisna -- a science teacher from Des Moines, Iowa -- ate nothing but McDonald's for 90 days and wound up losing 37 pounds! Hold the mustard! How the heck can that be right?
Coca-Cola is by no means the first company to ignore inconvenient animal behavior facts, so we shouldn't be too hard on them. To Coke's credit, they do support polar bear research and conservation efforts.
Faced with unfortunate facts or inconvenient truths? Here's a handy guide for denying scientific consensus.
The upright tail is probably the clearest way cats show their affection for us.
Have you ever considered all of the ways just a single poor night of sleep may be messing with you?
The more scientists discover about our prehistoric ancestors, the further they seem to fall down Alice's Rabbit Hole. Things just get curiouser and curiouser.
Richard Feynman was struggling with an existential crisis only a member of the Manhattan Project could truly experience: "Put another way, what is the value of the science I had dedicated myself to--the thing I loved--when I saw what terrible things it could do? It was a question I had to answer."
Within some non-Western cultures, voice hearing is valued and it would not be seen as indicative of any illness at all.
The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge, and there's no place for it in the endeavor of science.
Ecological footprint measurements, as currently constructed and presented, are so misleading as to preclude their use in any serious science or policy context.
Gender, like so many things, is occasionally in a gray area. And that's okay.
Thanks to some scientific sleuthing courtesy of a dedicated toxicologist, nicotine may have to surrender its infamous position.
While hundreds of flossing studies have been conducted, many are plagued by potential issues of researcher bias, as well as poor experimental design. In the past decade, three systematic reviews sought to navigate these muddy waters.