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Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Kerry Grens | Jul 8, 2015
A reanalysis calls into question a year-old claim that humans can decipher at least 1 trillion different scents.
WHO: TB’s Toll Worse Than Thought
Bob Grant | Oct 22, 2014
A new report from the World Health Organization finds that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world than was estimated a year ago.
Week in Review: October 13–17
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2014
Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea
Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions
Kate Yandell | Oct 16, 2014
publishes a commentary criticizing a
paper claiming that mice can inherit smell sensitivities that their parents acquired during life.
Screen the Healthy?
Tracy Vence | Mar 12, 2014
In light of a study that showed blood-based biomarkers could predict future cognitive impairment, researchers discuss statistical analyses and the problem of false positives.
BPTW: By the Numbers
Staff | Aug 1, 2013
Take a closer look at some of the statistics generated by
's Best Place to Work Academia 2013 survey.
Opinion: Statistical Misconceptions
Vladica M. Veličković | Jul 31, 2013
Researchers must be wary of the common mistakes of correlation analysis when drawing conclusions about the nature of their data.
Megan Scudellari | Jul 1, 2013
Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.
Bad Stats Plague Neuroscience
Bob Grant | Apr 16, 2013
A new study blames the unreliable nature of some research in the field on underpowered statistical analyses.
Stats Are Right Most of the Time
Beth Marie Mole | Jan 28, 2013
A new analysis suggests that only 14 percent of published biomedical results are wrong, despite prominent opinions to the contrary.