Seth Augenstein
Senior Science Writer

Seth Augenstein is a reporter for Forensic and Laboratory Equipment magazines. He spent a decade as a reporter at New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He has interviewed people at crime scenes, in prisons, from hospital bedsides, within operating rooms, inside laboratories, standing in flood waters, cringing outside four-alarm fires, and in many dirty kitchens and quiet living rooms. He has won numerous state press association awards for his work. He is also a fiction writer.

The long-term winter forecasts have nearly as much uncertainty as annual almanacs did in centuries past. Recent predictions of the season ahead have had mixed...
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10.20.2017
2:47pm
Gulf War Syndrome is one of the medical mysteries of our time. Thousands of veterans of the 1990-1991 conflict have debilitating fatigue, insomnia, cognitive...
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10.20.2017
10:04am
The astrophysicist gave humanity its theory of how the stars of the universe work. In return, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was honored with the National Medical...
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10.19.2017
3:10pm
Much has been written about the Monarch butterflies and the bees, with populations of each taking precipitous plummets in the 21st century. But those are just...
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10.19.2017
10:02am
Last November, Winter Storm Argos blanketed Upstate New York in more than 4 feet of snow, and a week later Winter Storm Blanche left feet of snow in Wyoming...
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10.18.2017
3:09pm
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Some 2 million people in the U.S. get their drinking water from wells that may be infused with naturally-occurring arsenic, according to a new study. The...
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10.18.2017
10:03am
Men under 50 who received blood donated by women who have ever been pregnant showed an increased risk of death after the procedure, reports a study released...
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10.17.2017
3:01pm
Any time over the next six months, a Chinese space station will plummet out of orbit to a hard landing somewhere on Earth. The Tiangong-1 (“Temple of Heaven”)...
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10.17.2017
10:08am
First came the burst of gamma rays. Then came the detection of the gravitational waves, the ripples in space-time from a massive collision millions of light-...
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10.16.2017
2:48pm
British and Irish skywatchers have noted an interesting phenomenon today: a red-orange sun. The sight is the product of the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia...
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10.16.2017
9:34am
A sensational murder trial in Malaysia brought the judge, the attorneys and the two accused killers to a top-security laboratory to continue proceedings this...
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10.13.2017
2:31pm
Three hotspots at the Equator, warmed by the most recent El Niño, drove a sharp spike in global carbon dioxide increases in 2015 and 2016, according to...
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10.13.2017
9:50am
Less than two weeks after a lone gunman fired down on a concert crowd in the deadliest rampage killing in American history, a group of U.S. senators are urging...
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10.12.2017
3:10pm
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Covert security tests of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s two campuses revealed potentially-dangerous gaps, according to a new federal...
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10.12.2017
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Fevers during the first trimester of pregnancy have been linked to birth defects of the heart and facial deformities for decades. Now a team says they’ve...
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10.11.2017
3:06pm
Genetically-modified chickens are laying eggs with interferon beta in their whites. The three female chickens are producing enough of interferon beta – used in...
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10.11.2017
9:55am
A new synthetic rubber made by MIT and Army scientists stiffens under impact, and could be used in combat helmets of the future, they report in a new paper....
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10.10.2017
3:07pm
The layers of soot trapped in bird feathers has now provided a vital “air filter” time capsule of when industrial American cities had the dirtiest air to...
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10.10.2017
9:30am
Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA was sequenced by a team from the Max Planck Institute in 2008. Ever since, the genetic picture has been increasingly complex,...
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10.9.2017
2:37pm
About 1,000 human skulls collected from Africa during the era of colonialism will be investigated by German antiquities authorities. The “menschliche Uberreste...
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10.9.2017
10:11am
Any Ottawa Senators fan would be pardoned for having the occasional spike in their heart rate last night, as the team squandered the lead as Washington...
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10.6.2017
3:00pm
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Rebecca Bredow, a mom in the Detroit area, told ABC News last week that she would rather go to jail than vaccinate her son. A judge forced the issue on...
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10.6.2017
9:57am
Forty percent of cancer cases in the U.S. are the types of tumors with a link to obesity, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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10.5.2017
3:06pm
Madagascar, an island off the southeastern coast of Africa, is home to its own unique species of birds, insects and reptiles. A team of researchers has found...
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10.5.2017
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Leprosy was a scourge for Medieval Europe, inflicting disfiguring agony on commoners and kings alike. The condition was just a grueling fact of life that didn’...
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10.4.2017
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Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry this year for contributions leading to the culmination of the cryo-electron microscope, seen as a...
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10.4.2017
10:04am
A special inquiry concluded that University College London provided some experimental implants to a now-disgraced surgeon, leading to a handful of deaths,...
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10.3.2017
3:40pm
Many of the Nobel Prizes are bestowed upon scientists, thinkers and writers only decades after their biggest contributions to their respective fields. But this...
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10.3.2017
9:52am
Influenza, a wily and adaptable virus, comes in waves every year and kills an average of 36,000 people in the United States each year. But a synthesized...
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10.2.2017
3:09pm
Decades of discoveries into the natural working of circadian rhythms earned three American researchers this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the...
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10.2.2017
9:51am
Indo-European peoples swept from the east into Europe, bringing their culture and language that displaced much of the Neolithic traditions that had held sway...
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9.29.2017
3:31pm
Bedbugs have rebounded worldwide over the last few decades. Developed countries had beaten back the infestations through the post-World War II use of DDT, but...
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9.29.2017
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Record-setting heat waves have swept the Pacific Coast, the U.S. Midwest, parts of southern Europe, and elsewhere intermittently this summer. Weather records...
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9.28.2017
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The detection of gravitational waves confirmed some of humanity’s most advanced theories about the universe early last year. Now the fourth such collision of...
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9.28.2017
10:10am
The behavior of babies is impacted by the example set by their parents – but not always in the way expected. Infants who have anxious mothers fixate on threats...
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9.27.2017
9:30am
An estimated 19 million gallons of Agent Orange, an herbicide used to kill the trees and foliage used for cover by guerrilla warriors during the Vietnam War,...
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9.26.2017
3:09pm
The legend says that St. Francis of Assisi, on his way to sainthood and traveling in France, sent a sack of bread on the wings of an angel back to the doorstep...
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9.26.2017
10:33am
Schizophrenia, a debilitating disease that disrupts the lives of approximately one percent of the entire world, has been associated with more than 100 genes...
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9.25.2017
3:07pm
Up to one-fifth of cancer patients use marijuana to mitigate the symptoms of battling their disease, according to a new survey and study of a cancer center in...
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9.25.2017
10:07am
Trilobites were evolutionary pioneers. Fossils from a quarry in southernmost China from more than 500 million years ago show at least two of the species...
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9.22.2017
9:54am
Every so often, the Earth’s slate is wiped nearly clean in cataclysmic “mass extinctions.” Over more than half a billion years, it has occurred five times....
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9.21.2017
9:21am
Teotihuacan, the mysterious metropolis of ancient Mexico, seems to have provided a blueprint for Aztec city builders a millennia later. A new re-analysis of...
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9.20.2017
3:18pm
The New Nordic Diet is based on large amounts of fiber, especially root vegetables, dark greens, and foraged plants. For some people, it works well to shed the...
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9.20.2017
9:38am
A supervisory pharmacist who oversaw shoddy work that led to a meningitis outbreak that killed dozens and sickened hundreds across the nation is on trial this...
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9.19.2017
8:52am
23andMe, the genetic testing company known for providing ancestral leads to the curious, has raised $250 million in investment from venture capitalists. The...
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9.18.2017
9:11am
Parkinson’s Disease shows a predictable degenerative process of tremors, falls and trouble sleeping. But that’s all in hindsight. By the time it is actually...
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9.15.2017
3:09pm
Have you ever wondered why old men have big ears? Or what gender certain cave insects identify with? Or perhaps you have been plagued by the age-old question...
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9.15.2017
10:11am
The Ebola virus was found in the semen of survivors in 2015, and the publication raised new alarm of whether another outbreak could flare up as a result of...
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9.14.2017
3:14pm
Chlamydia antigens produced through a hyper-targeted method by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the biotech company Synthetic...
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9.13.2017
3:04pm
The former CDC director and high-profile billionaires have set their sights on an ambitious goal: to save 100 million lives. The Resolve Initiative's aim...
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9.13.2017
9:49am
It’s one of the great health debates: the hazards or benefits of small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy remains intensely contested. But there is a “paucity...
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9.12.2017
2:49pm
For the first decades of Communist rule, China dictated a far-reaching regulation to heat homes during its winters. The Huai River Policy, in effect from 1950...
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9.12.2017
9:58am
Puppies sold at a national pet store chain have resulted in a multi-state outbreak of a bacterial infection, landing some in the hospital. Thirty-nine human...
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9.11.2017
3:06pm
CRISPR-Cas9 has brought a revolution in the manipulation of DNA over the last five years. But there are errors made in the process. Now, a Harvard team reports...
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9.11.2017
10:14am
The Houston Forensic Science Center braced for Hurricane Harvey two weeks ago. Two hundred staff members pitched in, some lugging 500 pounds of dry ice in case...
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9.8.2017
2:21pm
Plastics have been found in minute traces throughout the Great Lakes, washed ashore on the most desolate location of the Pacific Ocean, and in the wastewater...
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9.8.2017
9:57am
More than a year after the United Kingdom voted to remove itself from the European Union, the government aims to preserve or even strengthen ties to the...
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9.7.2017
10:28am
Hookworm is a disease that once plagued much of the United States, especially in rural areas of the South. Through modern sanitation and hygiene improvements,...
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9.6.2017
1:15pm
The farthest record of Earth and humanity is approximately 13 billion miles from our planet, traveling out of the solar system on its way toward the unknown,...
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9.6.2017
9:54am
Boron has been discovered on Mars, a clue to the potential development of both RNA and life, on the red planet. The discovery of the fifth element was made by...
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9.5.2017
3:13pm
A Republican Congressman who wants to colonize the moon, envisions a new space race with China – and who doubts the theory of climate change – is President...
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9.5.2017
10:31am
Dozens of fossilized footprints along the coast of Crete could be traces from a bipedal, upright hominid ancestor from 5.7 million years ago, according to a...
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9.1.2017
10:24am
In February, a Southern Illinois University press release touted a “game changer” herpes vaccine made by one of its associate professors, a three-shot...
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8.31.2017
3:08pm
For decades, Poland was a crossroads of horror. Caught between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and their wars of extermination, civilians and soldiers alike...
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8.31.2017
1:22pm
Soon young Americans with a cancer of bone marrow and blood will have their white blood cells extracted from their blood, shipped to a manufacturing center,...
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8.30.2017
2:51pm
As humanity plans to soar out among the stars into the vast distances of space, the health effects of leaving the cradle of Earth continue to show consequences...
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8.30.2017
10:13am
Five vials of a live vaccine virus used to inoculate against smallpox were seized by the U.S. Marshals from stem cell treatment centers in California that had...
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8.29.2017
1:57pm
Thirty inches of rain, occasional tornadoes, and swirling floodwaters tore through parts of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, over the...
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8.29.2017
8:44am
Common flame retardant chemicals are found in upholstered furniture, baby products, common consumer items – and also in human bodies across the world. The...
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8.28.2017
3:07pm
Heart attack rates peak in winter, and decline in summer, research shows. A long-term study in Sweden indicates that freezing temperatures can trigger heart...
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8.28.2017
10:03am
The search for ways to coax more energy out of natural sources has been a 21st century crusade. Some have looked to the skies, to the wind, the gas pockets...
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8.24.2017
3:01pm
In 1996, scientists from ExxonMobil wrote in a peer-reviewed publication that, “the body of statistical evidence… now points towards a discernible human...
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8.24.2017
10:13am
It was a technological marvel: the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship. The H.L. Hunley entered legend when it sank the U.S.S. Housatonic off the coast...
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8.23.2017
3:28pm
An outbreak of measles, a disease eradicated from the U.S. nearly two decades ago, began in Minnesota in March. It infected 79 people up until last month. The...
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8.23.2017
10:33am
The Trump Administration appointed opponents of climate change theory in the first key weeks of the administration at the beginning of the year. Now the White...
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8.22.2017
2:41pm
A hospitalized woman who sued Johnson and Johnson, alleging the talcum in the company’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer has been awarded $417 million by...
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8.22.2017
9:40am
The desk-bound drag one feels after lunch on a workday is partly due to a lapse in the brain’s reward-response system, according to new research. The drop in...
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8.21.2017
2:33pm
Sunblock can be a lifesaver, screening out cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. But one particular chemical in some of the lotions becomes unloosed in...
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8.21.2017
10:11am
A new study by a pair of Swedish scientists has proven the answer to "neat, over ice, or water" at a molecular level: a few drops of water in whiskey...
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8.18.2017
2:05pm
Mylan jacked up the price of a life-saving EpiPen by 400 percent over six years – but knowingly claimed it was a generic to avoid paying a full Medicaid rebate...
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8.17.2017
3:07pm
Peanut allergies are relatively common, and plenty deadly for sufferers. The prevalence of the reaction has swelled over several decades. An Australian team of...
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8.17.2017
10:10am
Cancers can be successfully fought or eradicated, if caught early enough. Now, a study outlines a potentially game-changing screening methodology to catch some...
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8.16.2017
2:52pm
In the 20th century, access to fossil fuels determined the fate of nations, from world wars and cold wars, to energy crises and state-sponsored terrorism. But...
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8.16.2017
10:07am
Two counties in Arizona have reported the discovery of fleas that tested positive for the bubonic plague germ Yersinia pestis. No human cases have yet been...
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8.15.2017
2:42pm
The opioid crisis, with an escalating number of dead and destitute Americans, was declared “a national emergency” last week. A team now points toward the...
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8.15.2017
10:07am
The Roman Republic began its rise to mastery of the Mediterranean in a series of brutal and drawn-out wars with rival Carthage. A new analysis of the metal...
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8.14.2017
3:13pm
A massive grouping of volcanoes is hidden underneath the Antarctic ice, according to a new mapping study of the continent. The West Antarctic Rift System is a...
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8.14.2017
9:50am
A mix of waste canola oil and sulfur can trap mercury pollution – some of the most toxic leftovers from heavy industry. The rubber-like substance, devised by...
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8.11.2017
2:31pm
The brain remains one of the great mysteries of science – its function, pathology and even fundamental structure are frontiers modern science is still...
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8.11.2017
9:54am
The opioid crisis -- with prescription drugs intermingling with the black-market heroin trade, producing record-breaking numbers of annual deaths of Americans...
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8.10.2017
3:16pm
Millions of cameras will be pointed skyward on Aug. 21 as the moon passes between the Earth and sun. But the total solar eclipse pictures that will circulate...
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8.10.2017
9:57am
Prehistoric cannibals did not eat other humans just to survive – there was also meaningful ritual behind the grisly funerary feasts, according to new research.
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8.9.2017
3:12pm
GHB, y-hydroxybutyric acid, is the most commonly used date-rape drug, dropped into someone’s drink to incapacitate a victim before a sexual attack. One...
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8.9.2017
10:12am
The world is warming – and warming at an accelerating rate, argue scientists from national laboratories, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other...
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8.8.2017
3:18pm
Misfolded proteins known as prions have been the culprit behind some brain diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Alzheimer’s, mad cow, and other deadly afflictions...
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8.8.2017
10:05am
Medicine has traditionally grouped conditions based on anatomy, symptoms, or even cultural and historical associations.
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8.7.2017
3:16pm
The benefits and risks of alcohol continue to be a scientific tug-of-war. The latest study finds that a niche of affluent white people in California who drink...
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8.7.2017
10:10am
Human scientists have attributed the rise of our ancestors—the genus Homo—to climate change in Eastern Africa. But a computer simulation of evolution appears...
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8.4.2017
2:42pm
A contagious face cancer has killed off a majority of an absolutely unique animal, the legendary Tasmanian devil. A team has developed big plans to derive...
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8.4.2017
9:54am
A technique of “gene correction” eliminates a mutation in human embryos causing fatal heart defects.
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8.3.2017
2:39pm
Top-notch engineers who have career ambition – and who are not averse to drug testing or the responsibility of top-secret security clearance – could help save...
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8.3.2017
9:49am
A Chinese agency took official action in response to widespread peer review fraud of cancer studies caught earlier this year. But while the Ministry of Science...
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8.2.2017
2:45pm
Two nuclear power units that were under construction in South Carolina will be abandoned. The economic and financial reasons behind the abandonment plan...
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8.2.2017
10:05am
Aspiring scientists are curious – and not just about what’s in the beaker or in the reams of data. At the outset of promising careers, the laboratories and...
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7.28.2017
2:52pm
Sperm counts in the men of Europe, North America and Australia have plunged more than 50 percent over several decades, according to a controversial new study....
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7.28.2017
10:06am
The first human embryo editing has been accomplished in Oregon, according to a new report. The DNA of dozens of one-cell embryos was altered by the CRISPR...
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7.27.2017
3:04pm
Falling trees are the main driver of power outages in major storms. But a team now says they have an even smarter way to keep the grid up and running: a big-...
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7.27.2017
10:07am
The Jebel Qurma region of northeastern Jordan is considered a desolate place of desert and winds. A British soldier traveling through the area said it...
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7.21.2017
8:54am
Energy storage is one of the main limitations of solar power. But a new meta-analysis of the progress of green energy forecasts coming lithium-ion improvements...
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7.19.2017
12:51pm
The United States was engaged in a nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union for half a century. It came to be known as a Cold War, since most of the blows in the...
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7.17.2017
8:44am
A molecular pathway that connects the growth of hair across the human body could be key to future cosmetic treatments of baldness and unwanted growth,...
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7.14.2017
10:08am
For less than a penny, a new fungal test could find deadly pathogens that contaminate water, spoil crops, and kill an estimated 2 million people in the...
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7.13.2017
10:02am
The six-month wait is over: a gigantic 5,800-square-kilometer Antarctic ice shelf monitored by scientists finally broke away this week. The Larsen C Ice Shelf...
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7.12.2017
9:50am
Some 200 species of vertebrates have gone extinct over the last century. The normal extinction rate would dictate that those species would die off over much...
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7.11.2017
2:50pm
The discovery of water streaks on the slopes of Mars two years ago bolstered hopes back on Earth that there could be life on Mars. But the Martian environment...
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7.11.2017
10:00am
A herpes virus strain that infects nearly all of us at an early age may be the hidden agent behind multiple sclerosis and other tough neurological diseases,...
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7.10.2017
3:06pm
The Swedish countess who discovered the culinary adaptability of potatoes – and thereby revolutionized agriculture in Northern Europe – was born 293 years ago...
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7.10.2017
10:04am
Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases, infecting an estimated 78 million people annually. The drug-resistant strains of the...
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7.7.2017
2:41pm
Chemotherapy opens a molecular door for metastasis, and the aggressive spread of breast cancer, according to a new study that promises to prompt some worries...
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7.7.2017
10:10am
Non-medical vaccine exemptions correlate geographically with spiking numbers of whooping cough, according to a new study. The link between pertussis and...
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7.6.2017
2:51pm
Trihydrogen, an ion discovered a century ago, makes up most of the space between the stars, and is one of the most abundant forms of matter throughout the...
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7.6.2017
9:57am
Shortness and an increased risk for arthritis wouldn’t appear to be advantageous to human evolution. But if those traits hitched a genetic ride along with...
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7.5.2017
3:14pm
When Congress needs an answer to a complex question, they often turn to an agency known as the Congressional Research Service to do some digging. But the...
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7.5.2017
9:44am
A creationist geologist who sued the National Park Service to collect rocks from the Grand Canyon was issued his permits – and dropped his lawsuit. Andrew...
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7.3.2017
9:54am
A huge investigation into the effects of pesticides’ unintended consequences on honeybees has found some striking declines in parts of Europe.
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6.30.2017
10:13am
Human speech requires a variety of coordinated motor control involving a network stretching across the brain. Alzheimer’s disease, which degrades the brain,...
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6.29.2017
11:42am
Antiquities analysis requires a balance between scientific inquiry and preservation. Parts of artifacts or artwork can be destroyed by investigative techniques...
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6.29.2017
9:16am
Deep incisions and drilled holes along the top of 10,000-year-old skulls at the famed Gobkeli Tepe site is proof there was a “skull cult” that existed before...
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6.28.2017
3:28pm
The American Chemical Society has sued a Kazakhstan-based science piracy website for making its subscription-only, copyrighted materials available in open...
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6.28.2017
9:48am
The online group Anonymous released a video last week in which a person behind a Guy Fawkes mask, voice distorted digitally, claims that a NASA scientist...
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6.27.2017
2:36pm
The owner of the Massachusetts-based drug compounding center who was blamed for a meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds and killed dozens nationwide was...
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6.27.2017
10:05am
The huge amounts of plastic that have been gradually leaching into the world’s bodies of water have come in microscopic, but constant amounts. So-called “...
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6.26.2017
2:54pm
The existence of a massive and far-off Planet Nine was proposed last year, based on the erratic movement of objects out in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. But...
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6.26.2017
10:07am
Darkness and sleep, and light and wakefulness, are linked in the circadian rhythm of zebrafish, much like it is in their human counterparts. One particular...
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6.23.2017
3:16pm
A woman in her 30s went to the doctor with symptoms of fatigue. She was diagnosed with “chronic Lyme disease” and other tick-borne germs. But her condition...
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6.23.2017
10:35am
Antimicrobials like triclosan are no better at killing bacteria than soap and water – and could actually instead help to fuel the rise of “superbugs,”...
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6.22.2017
3:08pm
Most genetic searchers for the roots of autism have compared massive populations of those on the spectrum with huge numbers of unrelated peers who are not. A...
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6.22.2017
10:02am
A new study of the overall economic and energy costs confirms some suspicions: corn is better off on your dinner plate than in your gas tank.
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6.21.2017
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A series of studies in recent years has linked older fathers with psychiatric disorders like autism and schizophrenia in their children. But the latest among...
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6.21.2017
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The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico – an oceanic blob of oxygen-low water that kills marine life – is forecast to expand to the size of New Jersey, according...
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6.20.2017
2:53pm
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have announced a potential breakthrough in producing oil from algae. The two companies have collaborated on the promise of...
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6.20.2017
9:59am
The traditional thinking on electric cars: they are hooked up to the power grid to charge. But reversing that flow of energy from vehicles back into the grid...
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6.19.2017
3:09pm
Wildfires release three times the particulate pollution than traditionally believed – and serve as a major source of pollution during intense seasons,...
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6.19.2017
10:07am
The downward dog, the repetition of mantras and other mind-body interventions can actually affect the expression of your DNA, according to a new study.
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6.16.2017
3:12pm
The current cost to send a single person to Mars would be about $10 billion. But that price tag needs to come down to the median cost of a house in the United...
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6.16.2017
10:25am
The U.S. still leads the world in biomedical research, but its dominance is being lost to gains by emerging industries such as China, according to a new study...
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6.15.2017
2:44pm
Mexico City was built on the ruins of the Aztec metropolis Tenochtitlan, destroyed by the conquistadores during the 16th century. Five centuries later, the...
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6.15.2017
9:54am
Five public officials in Michigan, including the current head of the state’s health department, were charged with involuntary manslaughter due to alleged...
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6.14.2017
3:17pm
Sherpas are a Nepalese mountain people renowned for their climbing ability at extreme altitudes that easily kill other humans. Their biological ability to...
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6.14.2017
10:04am
DDT was a pesticide that essentially changed the way people lived in the postwar era. But it became the focus of intense scrutiny by the nascent environmental...
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6.13.2017
3:17pm
Election campaigns are grueling and combative pitched battles that now grind on for years in an exhausting 24-hour news cycle. The effects of this pressure-...
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6.13.2017
9:44am
A bird found in amber from the mid-Cretaceous period is approximately 100-million-years-old – and is among the best specimens ever discovered, according to a...
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6.12.2017
3:10pm
Glow clouds with hints of red and blue-green artificial colors are expected to light up the sky high over the Eastern Seaboard of the United States tonight, as...
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6.12.2017
9:31am
The war-torn country of Yemen is being ravaged by a daunting new invader: a massive outbreak of cholera. More than 100,000 cases have now been reported in the...
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6.9.2017
3:10pm
The fossils were found on Sakhalin Island in 1934 by a Japanese team on what was then Japanese territory. It was quickly named Nipponosaurus sachalinensis and...
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6.9.2017
10:20am
The narrative of humanity’s beginnings came from a series of primates that gradually grew bigger brains in the crucible of East Africa over the course of...
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6.8.2017
3:44pm
Albert Einstein set the tone for 20th century discovery when his hypothesis that gravity’s curvature of space would bend light, like an enormous magnifying...
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6.8.2017
9:54am
The majority of scientists agree the Earth’s climate is changing, though some skeptics dismiss it as a conspiracy to redistribute global wealth by upending the...
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6.7.2017
3:41pm
Fraud, errors, and falsified data winds its way into the smallest niche publications, as well the most prestigious journals with the greatest impact factors....
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6.7.2017
10:03am
A new in-vitro experiment by scientists at Drexel University offers a potential treatment for Gulf War Syndrome sufferers, and others who may be affected by...
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6.6.2017
3:05pm
The 100-word research letter that found opioid painkillers were not addictive was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980. The doctor who...
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6.6.2017
9:25am
The origins of humanity trace back to the harsh environment of East Africa, which posed a mortal danger to our still-evolving ancestors. Hundreds of springs...
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6.5.2017
2:33pm
The growing resistance to antibiotics in modern medicine has been recognized as perhaps the most significant threat to the future of medicine. A Yale team now...
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6.5.2017
10:11am
Running helps stave off osteoarthritis in the hip and knee – but only if the runner doesn’t overdo it, according to a new study.
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6.2.2017
2:37pm
President Donald Trump unilaterally removed the United States from the Paris climate change agreement on Thursday. But the move was anticipated by a kind of...
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6.2.2017
10:18am
Bucking the findings and beliefs of the vast majority of the international scientific community, President Donald Trump has unilaterally withdrawn the United...
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6.1.2017
3:49pm
More than 183,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2015. Could this avalanche have started with the slightest of tipping points: a five-...
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6.1.2017
10:01am
The battlefield was legendary for its disorienting fog, which covered the forests of Saxony, and also for its Pyrrhic outcome. When the dead were counted,...
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5.31.2017
3:07pm
From the waters of the Earth, creatures like arthropods and worms emerged, crawling and slithering, onto land. After these first evolutionary steps were taken...
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5.31.2017
10:09am
The plan is ambitious: to send a probe within 4 million miles of the sun, a short distance well within scorching distance of the star – and even closer than...
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5.30.2017
2:49pm
Summers in the city are always a bit more intense. The greater density of exhaust spewing cars and humming air conditioners intensifies the heat of big cities...
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5.30.2017
10:12am
In a galaxy 22 million light-years distant, a black hole was born. For the first time in recorded history, humans were watching the astronomical phenomenon,...
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5.25.2017
3:10pm
Societies in the Americas were complex and thrived millennia before the arrival of Europeans, according to a growing body of anthropological and genetic...
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5.25.2017
10:09am
The Chemical Safety Board has investigated about 130 chemical-related industrial accidents over two decades. Like many science-related federal funding items,...
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5.24.2017
3:33pm
Gonorrhea cases have continued to climb as STD rates have recently spiked across the nation. But doctors have had one less drug in their toolkit over the last...
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5.24.2017
10:01am
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, could observing something as simple as pupil dilation indicate which of the survivors will be slammed with depression?
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5.23.2017
2:56pm
KIC 8462852, popularly known as Tabby’s Star, has been spotted dimming its light again inexplicably. The star that has been the focus of theories about alien...
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5.23.2017
10:03am
A massive genetic study of individuals has identified 52 genes that appear to drive intelligence levels. The genes – including 40 totally new discoveries –...
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5.22.2017
3:03pm
Switzerland voted for a pivotal new energy plan that includes phasing out nuclear power in favor of renewables. The referendum held Sunday passed by an...
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5.22.2017
10:00am
The majority of U.S. travelers who visit a doctor prior to traveling are already immune to measles, primarily from already receiving the appropriate vaccines....
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5.19.2017
3:11pm
Antarctica has progressively grown more plant life like moss over the last 50 years. The cause is climate change, say British researchers. The conclusions were...
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5.19.2017
10:13am
The urban centers of the United States have progressively started to use water more efficiently over the last several decades. But at the same time, rural...
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5.18.2017
3:22pm
Every so often, the slate is wiped clean on the Earth. The “mass extinction” events that come close to wiping out life on the planet have been triggered by...
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5.18.2017
9:44am
Shortly after the turn of the millennium, a strange phenomenon started. The tropical forests of some Central American countries began disappearing at an ever-...
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5.17.2017
9:58am
The survivors of Ebola virus, one of the most aggressive hemorrhagic fevers known to man, have felt the aftereffects in the months and years since their...
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5.16.2017
3:09pm
Henderson Island is roughly halfway between Australia and South America in the South Pacific. It is a unique site, with dozens of diverse species of flora and...
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5.16.2017
10:00am
CODIS was set up nearly 30 years ago with an eye toward making it an exacting identification system based on 13 markers. Those 13 locations, or loci, on the...
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5.15.2017
3:14pm
The HIV/AIDS epidemic appeared in the early 1980s in the United States, gradually spreading to millions, and killing thousands. But now the end could be in...
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5.15.2017
10:20am
Every so often, oxygen levels on Earth plummet, causing mass extinctions globally. Such “anoxia” downturns take a long time to naturally reverse themselves –...
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5.12.2017
3:06pm
A regulation mandating more training and safeguards for people using the most toxic pesticides has been delayed for one year by the Environmental Protection...
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5.12.2017
10:03am
Superbugs currently making the rounds in some hospitals, killing patients and generally causing havoc, have apparently been a long time in coming. The...
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5.11.2017
3:07pm
In just a few years, there will be 9 billion people on the Earth. All those mouths will demand food – and especially animal protein. But the current waste...
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5.11.2017
9:56am
A massive trove of MRI scans of babies during pregnancy and in the first weeks of life are being shared online by a British team.
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5.10.2017
3:18pm
A creationist geologist who has tried unsuccessfully for four years to get permits to collect rocks from the Grand Canyon to verify the Earth was created in...
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5.10.2017
10:41am
A new algorithm proposes a more-complex understanding of the development of proteins – and how their structure and function is driving those larger changes of...
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5.9.2017
2:45pm
It’s been a century since the last worldwide influenza pandemic. The next pandemic-level strain could be brewing in China, according to health officials. It’s...
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5.9.2017
9:43am
Hominids made a gigantic leap in tool making about 1.75 million years ago, when they started producing two-sided and shaped tools like axes and cleavers. For...
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5.8.2017
3:05pm
Four years ago, teams doing some minor roadwork dug into the clay on campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. They found 66 coffins buried from...
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5.8.2017
10:17am
One hundred years ago, thousands of British and Australian troops trained with shovels and explosives along a miles-long network of trenches in the Salisbury...
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5.4.2017
3:04pm
Stephen Hawking is one of the most influential minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. But besides theoretical physics, he also knows how to grab a headline....
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5.4.2017
9:57am
A queen’s path to the top of the hive is based on a bit of destiny – special pheromones – but also a bit of luck in timing, according to a new study in the...
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5.3.2017
3:10pm
Ketamine, an anesthetic that can cause hallucinations and has been used for decades as a recreational club drug, could be a valuable new anti-depressant,...
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5.3.2017
10:06am
The dead trees of the world’s forests could be a valuable and efficient source of a kind of oil, according to new research published by a team of scientists at...
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5.2.2017
3:04pm
Regular use of low-dose aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs lowers the risk of certain breast cancers, a new study reports. The population-level study is...
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5.2.2017
10:01am
A whistleblower lawsuit filed against Duke University and two scientists that alleges fraud enabled them to secure $112 million in federal funding can proceed...
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5.1.2017
3:12pm
Contrary to many studies pointing to the downsides of stress, worrying actually has its physical and mental benefits, according to a new paper. The meta-...
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4.28.2017
3:15pm
Seventy years ago, a zoologist at Indiana University who collected and inspected millions of wasps for small variations began a very different project. Alfred...
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4.28.2017
9:58am
Heat blasts. Flying debris. Tsunamis and earthquakes. A major asteroid strike would rip havoc across the Earth, if large enough. A new assessment of the...
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4.27.2017
3:07pm
Smashed mastodon bones unearthed in California show that hominids were in the Americas 100,000 earlier than previously thought. The controversial claims, based...
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4.27.2017
10:00am
The spacecraft Cassini’s swan song is making history today. The “Grand Finale,” as it’s being called by NASA, is to cut a path between Saturn and its rings – a...
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4.26.2017
3:05pm
Caffeine in Italian-style coffee seems to protect men from prostate cancer, contends a group of Italian researchers. Three or more cups of the coffee lowers...
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4.26.2017
10:06am
Plastic bags have become a kind of modern-day consumer addiction. A staggering 1 trillion are used by people each year. But a caterpillar bred as fishing bait...
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4.25.2017
9:58am
The stone carvings date from thousands of years ago, arranged in megalithic slabs of rock in circular enclosures. Since the Gobekli Tepe site in southern...
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4.24.2017
3:39pm
The World Health Organization has declared this week World Immunization Week. The agency is some five years into a global plan to save millions of lives by...
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4.24.2017
10:01am
Tumor Biology, a Springer journal, retracted 107 articles in a single notice Thursday. The supposedly peer-reviewed papers did not appropriately go through the...
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4.21.2017
2:53pm
Viral hepatitis affects 4.4 percent of the world’s population. It kills about 1.3 million people every year—a number that has increased 22 percent since the...
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4.21.2017
10:12am
Even though polio has ceased to be a massive global killer since Jonas Salk developed the first successful vaccine for the disease in the 1950s, the virus has...
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4.20.2017
3:06pm
Ticks, and the Lyme disease they carry, have become a daily reality in much of North America and beyond. This year is expected to herald a bumper crop of blood...
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4.20.2017
10:33am
The traditional wisdom is that eating more salt in your diet increases your thirst and the amount of water you take in, since the sodium dries you out. But...
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4.18.2017
3:09pm
Allowing machines to learn risk factors in a huge number of patients makes for better predictions of heart attacks, according to a new study. The AI “black-box...
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4.18.2017
9:59am
The shells were known about since the 18th century: some 3- to 5-foot long coverings that looked like tusks were described by sailors 300 years ago. But where...
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4.17.2017
3:08pm
A solar-powered water harvester can pull water molecules directly from the air, making drinkable water available even in the desert, according to a proof-of-...
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4.17.2017
10:01am
NASA unveiled evidence of “ocean worlds” on moons of Saturn and Jupiter today. The observations – that Saturn’s tiny moon Enceladus emits a hydrogen plume, and...
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4.13.2017
2:54pm
Gray hair is linked to heart disease risk in men, according to a team of Egyptian cardiologists. The underlying mechanisms of aging including DNA repair and...
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4.13.2017
9:55am
From the first death of a two-year-old boy who had been playing near a bat-filled tree in a small village in Guinea in December 2013, through the epidemic that...
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4.12.2017
3:29pm
Batteries have been the biggest limitation for portable electronic devices, from cell phones to remote controls. But a team proposes a futuristic new advance:...
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4.12.2017
10:05am
The Scottish Medicines Consortium recommended making an HIV prevention pill called Truvada available to people through the United Kingdom’s National Health...
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4.11.2017
2:48pm
The virus plagued our primate ancestors for a staggering 25 million years. Like HIV, it was a retrovirus that hijacked part of its host’s DNA to aid its...
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4.11.2017
10:06am
The human papillomavirus comes in a variety of strains. Some cause genital warts, others can cause deadly cancers, and some have no symptoms at all. A...
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4.10.2017
3:28pm
Extremely intense wildfires that destroy and kill will increase in frequency in the 21st century, according to a new study. The fires will appear in various...
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4.10.2017
10:00am
A protein from the outer membrane of a bacterium that causes deadly meningitis can boost vaccines, a Boston University team writes in Scientific Reports.
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4.7.2017
3:17pm
Marburg Virus was first detected in 1967 in Germany and Yugoslavia, among dozens of laboratory workers who were handling monkeys from Uganda. It was the first...
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4.7.2017
10:04am
The first authorization for genetic risk tests for disease was issued to 23andMe today, the FDA announced today. The 10 conditions are all heavily determined...
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4.6.2017
3:21pm
Sleep becomes a fickle art as we grow older. What once was a deep period of undisturbed rest in youth becomes a restless solitude, interrupted by midnight...
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4.6.2017
10:07am
A chemical weapon attack in Syria on Tuesday killed some 70 people, including sleeping children, according to multiple eyewitness accounts. Hundreds more were...
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4.5.2017
3:15pm
An unknown, unseen and far-off planet was identified by Caltech astronomers last January. The strange behavior of some objects in the outer reaches of our...
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4.5.2017
9:50am
Bedbugs have been tormenting us for a long, long time. But a new find indicates they may have been feasting on the blood of humans for much longer than...
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4.4.2017
3:16pm
The Classic Maya were a thriving civilization that had complex writing systems, advanced calendars, and awe-inspiring architecture including massive pyramids....
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4.4.2017
10:32am
A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of EpiPen users accuses the company Mylan of racketeering in their dramatic price increases of the life-saving drug over...
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4.3.2017
3:16pm
The caps of DNA at the end of our chromosomes known as telomeres are a crucial part of our biology. The short and long extremes of telomere length...
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4.3.2017
10:00am
A panel of climate scientists inveighed against the vast majority of the scientific community, telling Congress that human-driven climate change beliefs are “...
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3.31.2017
3:06pm
SpaceX successfully landed its first recycled rocket on Thursday, a key component of its extraterrestrial ambitions. The breakthrough follows roughly two years...
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3.31.2017
9:52am
The Trump Administration’s EPA reversed an Obama-era petition to ban a widely-used pesticide. The new EPA said that the previous administration had not proven...
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3.30.2017
3:03pm
The predominant theory in wildlife biology is that primates, like humans, developed bigger and bigger brains due to social pressures and species inter-...
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3.30.2017
10:09am
The military is now developing a new passive “third arm” attached to soldiers that would allow them to carry more, and perhaps even have better marksmanship.
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3.29.2017
2:55pm
A vicious cycle of pain strikes sufferers of peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Reduced blood flow in the legs of the some 8.5 million Americans who have the...
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3.29.2017
10:09am
President Donald Trump signed an executive order today reversing much of the climate change policy and regulations that were started during the two terms of...
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3.28.2017
2:53pm
Some 18,000 water lines with lead and galvanized metal in Flint, Mich., will be replaced over the next three years, to settle a massive lawsuit residents...
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3.28.2017
9:59am
Rotavirus is a germ spread through fecal matter in drinking water in impoverished parts of the world. The main cause of severe diarrhea, it is estimated to...
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3.27.2017
3:15pm
Those frequent trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night may be a side effect of a salty diet, says a group of Japanese scientists. Known as nocturia,...
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3.27.2017
9:57am
Working-class white Americans at the turn of the millennium were living longer than their black and Hispanic peers. But in the 21st century, as minorities...
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3.24.2017
3:19pm
The U.S. has been “modernizing” its 20th century nuclear arsenal for about a decade. But while the stated goal has been to increase safety, and extend the life...
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3.24.2017
10:39am
The growth of forensic science and art has allowed a look into the faces of kings, from the famous Shakespearean villain Richard III, to the famed boy-pharaoh...
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3.23.2017
2:56pm
The Pavlovian response – the involuntary anticipation of reward – has been tracked to a small cluster of brain cells in mice, according to a UCLA team of...
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3.23.2017
10:10am
Addiction can be a strong mix of physical and mental programming proving insurmountably deadly – especially when it comes to substances like heroin. But a new...
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3.22.2017
3:25pm
An ongoing excavation off Taiwan has shown that the Spanish were colonizing the Asian Pacific and spreading a trade network at the other end of the world as...
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3.22.2017
2:37pm
By using massive computing power to look within the DNA of a group of 70,000 patients with the disease, researchers were able to find commonalities to...
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3.22.2017
12:43pm
The Deep Space Atomic Clock has been in development for years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The ultra-precise clock, which represents the...
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3.22.2017
10:08am
Pluto was booted off the list of planets by the International Astronomical Union in 2006, a controversy that still smarts for some skywatchers. But Pluto...
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3.20.2017
3:18pm
The owner of a Kansas laboratory that synthesized carbon-14 was federally indicted for illegally storing waste and attempting to obstruct agencies from...
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3.20.2017
9:49am
Autism can be accurately diagnosed in blood by a new algorithm assessing blood metabolites, according to a new study. The algorithm uses big data to find two...
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3.17.2017
3:23pm
At the climax of the Cold War's race for nuclear superiority, the U.S. detonated 210 atmospheric blasts around the world. Scientists captured the...
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3.17.2017
10:12am
The bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef reached “unprecedented” levels last year. And this year has brought yet more bleaching for the second year in a row –...
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3.16.2017
2:51pm
Roundup is likely to be labeled as a known carcinogen in California, following a much-anticipated court decision last week. Monsanto pushed back against...
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3.16.2017
10:09am
Climate change is predicted to cause massive ecological shifts, crop failures, and resulting humanitarian chaos as humanity heads deeper into the 21st century...
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3.14.2017
2:38pm
Man’s best friend also knows how to play the angles on their masters. A group of dogs have shown that they can purposefully mislead humans to their own...
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3.14.2017
8:35am
The new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, said that carbon dioxide produced through human industry and activities was not...
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3.13.2017
12:33pm
Six years after the catastrophic nuclear meltdown, a new chapter for the Fukushima Daiichi plant will soon open. Even as residents prepare to move back into...
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3.13.2017
10:02am
An Indian spacecraft launched in 2008 to explore the moon was lost to scientists the next year. But using some calculations, deductive reasoning – and...
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3.10.2017
2:58pm
A “colossus” that stood 8 meters tall in the ancient city of Heliopolis has been pulled from the mud of a modern-day Cairo slum. The statue was discovered...
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3.10.2017
9:53am
IBM scientists have shrunk one bit of data onto the world’s smallest magnet, consisting of a single encoded atom. The breakthrough could allow magnetic data...
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3.9.2017
3:06pm
Mars has water locked and frozen in its surface, but it’s trapped within its rocky structure. Solar wind has whipped across the barren surface of the red...
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3.9.2017
10:40am
A protein pathway on the cell surface that goes rogue in a wide range of cancers can be blocked with a minimum of side effects, according to a new paper by...
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3.8.2017
3:27pm
Humanity is planning its forays out to reach Mars over the next few decades. Such trips would have to traverse an average 140 million miles of vacuum, and take...
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3.8.2017
10:12am
A young computer scientist at the University of Bristol had worked for years with his colleagues on an early version of quantum computing, currently known as a...
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3.7.2017
3:34pm
Social-media networks are meant to link you with long-lost school friends, college roommates, and Army buddies. But instead of establishing connections through...
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3.7.2017
9:37am
The “reproducibility crisis” in science has shown that individual laboratories can make attention-grabbing, sometimes even amazing, findings that make it into...
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3.6.2017
3:35pm
Pollution and environmental hazards like dirty water continue to amass a staggering yearly death toll, mostly in the developing world, according to a new...
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3.6.2017
10:04am
Ancient skull fragments found in central China have characteristics like their Neanderthal cousins from halfway across the world, but also have some modern...
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3.3.2017
2:56pm
Humankind has left an indelible imprint on the Earth, leading some to propose a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Mining and human objects, from roads to...
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3.3.2017
10:19am
Humans have historically altered their environment, and have bred species for their own use. But it’s only recently that they have begun to tinker directly...
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3.2.2017
9:39am
Twelve “priority pathogens” are threatening to upend modern medicine, according to a new list released this week by the World Health Organization. Antibiotic...
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3.1.2017
1:10pm
The U.S. Army used robots in its searches for improvised explosive devices on the battlegrounds of Iraq for about a decade. But those robots are really heavy-...
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2.28.2017
4:19pm
The phytoplankton called coccolithophores, which thrive in the sunlight but die and descend to make up a huge proportion of the “calcareous ooze” on the ocean...
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2.28.2017
10:15am
The T-shaped piece of carved jade is more than 1,000 years old, and was unearthed two years ago in the ruins of a Maya outpost far away from the civilization’s...
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2.27.2017
3:09pm
Bees have shown the capacity to solve some problems in the lab, performing simple tasks like pulling strings to obtain a food reward. But new experiments show...
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2.27.2017
9:38am
Ticks are the ultimate vector of disease: tiny insects hauling a dizzying array of viruses and bacteria varying from continent to continent, and forest to...
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2.24.2017
3:18pm
Modern humans who do not have African ancestry can trace about two percent of their genome back to our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. Now a...
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2.24.2017
10:05am
The brainy teenagers of Britain drink more and smoke cannabis at greater rates – but are less likely to pick up the cigarette habit, according to a new study...
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2.23.2017
2:38pm
The Human Parechovirus, one of the causes of the common cold, has been with us for a long time. It is one among many strains that make the rounds each autumn...
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2.23.2017
9:52am
Humanity has trained its telescopic eye on a series of far-off planets beyond our solar system that could be just the right temperature and size to hold life,...
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2.22.2017
2:38pm
Researchers continue to look for painkiller substitutes amid the opioid epidemic, which is killing a growing numbers of thousands of Americans every year. The...
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2.22.2017
9:39am
An artificial antioxidant that counteracts free radicals released from the mitochondria can be used to stave off natural aging, a group of Russian and Swedish...
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2.21.2017
3:03pm
A Chinese national who worked at a biopharmaceutical research facility in Kansas was convicted of conspiring to steal seeds of experimental rice, and send them...
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2.17.2017
4:21pm
A tiny oil-rich Middle Eastern nation is aiming to lead humanity beyond Earth – and settle Mars in the 22nd century, according to the monarchical society’s...
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2.17.2017
9:50am
The DNA legacy of the first human settlers of the Americas has started to paint a complex picture of multiple waves of migration and genetic variation. Now it’...
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2.16.2017
3:33pm
Genetic engineering should be tightly controlled by stringent regulations – and should focus on treating disease, not enhancing the human species, according to...
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2.16.2017
9:41am
Autism can be predicted in most infants through measurements of the brain, according to a groundbreaking new study. Bigger brains between the ages of 6 and 12...
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2.15.2017
3:26pm
Deep underground in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the search for the dark matter of the universe will soon begin. A new project by the U.S. Department of...
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2.15.2017
9:45am
Hospital staff will tell you anecdotally that amid heavy snowstorms, they will see an uptick in heart attacks coming into their emergency rooms – ostensibly...
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2.14.2017
3:07pm
Animal protection groups have sued the USDA, saying the agency’s removal of standard online records two weeks ago violates the Freedom of Information Act.
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2.14.2017
10:15am
Two long-lasting chemicals used as dielectric insulators and flame retardants have leached into the deepest parts of the oceans, reports a new study.
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2.13.2017
3:04pm
A white dwarf star about 200 light years from our Earth holds the ingredients for incubating life, according to a new study.
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2.13.2017
10:04am
NASA researchers have developed a new branch of silicon carbide tools that can extend exploration on hot surfaces, like Venus, up to weeks – and perhaps even...
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2.9.2017
2:55pm
A team from Hebrew University says they’ve unearthed an undiscovered 12th cave in the West Bank that contained more scrolls – until the cave was cleared out by...
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2.9.2017
9:27am
Included within the recommendations are immunization plans for accelerated HPV vaccines for children and teens, two-dose meningitis shots for adolescents, and...
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2.8.2017
3:13pm
The experiments themselves sound like something out of a horror movie: electrodes plunged into the skulls of subjects, who are alternately shown movie clips of...
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2.8.2017
10:11am
The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has uncovered enormous, unknown geoglyphs carved into the Earth itself 2,000 years ago, according to a new study.
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2.7.2017
2:55pm
A gel injection blocking the travel of sperm has been proven to be an effective birth control in monkeys – and trials in human males could be coming soon.
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2.7.2017
9:51am
Snails, clams, squid and octopus all can trace their family tree back to a common ancestor: a spiky and helmeted little slug which lived 480 million years ago...
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2.6.2017
3:08pm
Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to present hurdles to the scheduled cleanup of the site. The plan to decommission some fuel from one of the...
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2.6.2017
9:56am
Mexico City air was so bad two decades ago, that locals said it was the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Slowly, the city of 17 million...
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2.3.2017
3:06pm
DNA extracted from human bones buried in a cave 8,000 years ago in East Asia shows the Stone-Age peoples’ descendants have stayed very close to home, according...
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2.3.2017
10:01am
A new CDC rule scheduled to take effect on Feb. 21 allows the federal health agency to quarantine "ill" aircraft passengers flying into the U.S. for...
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2.2.2017
2:40pm
A massively long cable that was intended to be deployed in orbit to drag down and incinerate thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth has hit a...
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2.1.2017
4:03pm
The island of Mauritius, a tropical destination in the Indian Ocean due east of Madagascar, was the hub of a lost continent hundreds of millions of years ago,...
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2.1.2017
10:08am
Nearly 70 bills encouraging the teaching of theories other than evolution – creationism or intelligent design, or some combination thereof – were pushed in...
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1.31.2017
9:33am
Crystals repeat in their atomic structure through space. But a team of scientists have demonstrated that they can also repeat in time – and in so doing, they...
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1.30.2017
9:31am
The three astronauts were scheduled to lift off in February 1967, the first manned mission of the program that had its sights set on placing American...
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1.27.2017
9:56am
Commercial tomatoes have been selected for size, hardiness, bigger yields and brighter colors by farmers since World War II. Left by the genetic wayside was...
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1.26.2017
3:19pm
The world has inched closer to global disaster, according to the latest update to the Doomsday Clock. The Clock was advanced 30 seconds forward this morning,...
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1.26.2017
10:29am
Whatever does not kill you does not necessarily make you stronger. Infections in infants are now linked to shorter protective parts of DNA that are markers of...
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1.25.2017
2:57pm
The crypt-keeper wasp victimizes another wasp, laying in its insides the larva that will eventually erupt as adults straight through the head of the host,...
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1.25.2017
1:35pm
The administration of President Donald Trump is reining in federal agencies, their message – and some science funding. The new directives from various federal...
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1.24.2017
3:06pm
The Anasazi were a regional powerhouse in the American Southwest – and the ruins of their settlements are still perhaps the most startling archaeological finds...
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1.24.2017
10:15am
As the Trump Administration continues to reshuffle the cards in Washington, D.C., the CDC has a new acting director. Anne Schuchat, who has a long history of...
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1.23.2017
3:31pm
The death rate for cervical cancer had been pushed down over decades through a combination of screening, awareness and modern medical vigilance against its...
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1.23.2017
10:07am
In one of the first actions in office, Trump’s administration has now promptly eliminated all mentions of climate change off the White House website. On the...
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1.20.2017
3:01pm
The adage “move it or lose it” holds true – even down to your DNA, says a new study. Sedentary living means shorter telomeres at the ends of chromosomes – and...
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1.20.2017
10:20am
Heart failure affects nearly 6 million people in the United States alone at any one time. Besides transplants, mechanical implants like ventricular assist...
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1.19.2017
2:57pm
King Solomon had enormous wealth, in addition to his legendary wisdom, as the Old Testament recounts. Now archaeologists may have found a major economic source...
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1.19.2017
8:56am
Surface temperatures on Earth were the warmest ever recorded in 2016—marking the third year in a row the record was set. The analysis came from 6,300 sources...
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1.18.2017
1:26pm
The Donald will get his moth. Donald J. Trump, to be sworn in as the 45th President of the U.S.A. on Friday, is the namesake of a new species of twirler moth...
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1.18.2017
10:00am
Lawyers, with the gift of gab and the artful dodge, have historically made up a majority of Congress. Now a non-profit group is looking to draft scientists to...
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1.17.2017
3:12pm
If educated people delay having children and have fewer of them, while the uneducated procreate at prodigious rates, does the population get dumber?
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1.17.2017
9:50am
Tiny strokes leaving lesions in the brain could be responsible for vascular cognitive impairment and dementia, once they begin to pile up in the gray matter,...
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1.16.2017
2:57pm
The man was dressed like a business executive as he boarded the plane, with a dark suit and black tie, on the afternoon of Nov. 24, 1971. Once the Northwest...
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1.16.2017
10:25am
Fiat Chrysler received a notice of violation for allegedly falsifying emissions checks, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
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1.12.2017
3:17pm
Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides are effective at killing unwanted plant growth, and are widely used across the globe. But scientists have...
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1.12.2017
10:05am
A musician’s timing and coordination through an instrument could improve general reaction time, according to a new study.
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1.11.2017
8:47am
The woman died at the time of pregnancy, around the age of 30. She was buried in the remains of the legendary city of Troy, some 800 years ago. But her...
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1.10.2017
2:54pm
Jeanette Epps, 46, will launch in May 2018 to be a flight engineer on Expedition 56, and will remain on board the ISS for Expedition 57, NASA announced last...
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1.10.2017
9:14am
Is history hidden in the words we read and write about the world around us? A massive study of 150 years of digitized British newspapers says events can be...
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1.9.2017
3:04pm
A new report reignites the call to make forensic science more quantitative, and casts doubt on work done in the lab.
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1.9.2017
2:04pm
A medical oddity discovered in a Japanese girl has shed new light on a very rare medical condition. The 16-year-old girl underwent an emergency appendectomy....
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1.9.2017
9:40am
Fossils of tomatillos from 52 million years ago have been unearthed from the Argentinian soil. The findings, from the Physalis genus, which make up important...
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1.6.2017
2:50pm
A genetically-engineered form of malaria has been proven as a successful vaccine that could potentially save millions of lives. Ten human subjects were...
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1.6.2017
9:38am
A new syndrome involving cycles of vomiting and trips to the emergency room has been tied to extreme marijuana use, according to multiple news reports.
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1.5.2017
3:09pm
The complex responses to attack and defeat pathogens like chickenpox or other germs is driven mostly by what is in our DNA – while the innate, constantly-on-...
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1.5.2017
10:06am
An independent group of researchers has verified the same findings as a 2015 NOAA report: there was no global warming hiatus. The paper, published today,...
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1.4.2017
2:48pm
New studies are identifying the harmful proteins within the structure of the Zika virus, confirming its role in deadly conditions such as microcephaly – and...
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1.4.2017
8:59am
RMS Titanic sped across the Atlantic in the spring of 1912, striking an unseen iceberg and sinking with some 1,500 of those aboard. It has since become the...
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1.3.2017
10:07am
The amount of dark matter, the hidden mass making up a huge proportion of the universe, has decreased since the Big Bang, according to calculations by a team...
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12.30.2016
9:26am
Microscopic plaque on the teeth of our ancestors showed a bit of what was on the menu 1.2 million years ago. It also provides evidence of oral hygiene through...
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12.28.2016
3:38pm
High body mass index, or BMI, changes the way DNA is expressed. Nearly 200 loci of the genome are affected by obesity and weight stressors – through the...
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12.27.2016
4:06pm
Ebola virus was first discovered in Africa in 1976, and there have been intermittent outbreaks on the continent ever since. The biggest yet started in 2013 and...
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12.27.2016
10:04am
The Campi Flegrei supervolcano last fully erupted roughly 39,000 years ago, certainly the most powerful phenomenon of its kind in European history. But now...
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12.22.2016
3:14pm
Prions are rogue proteins that can cause debilitating brain diseases in certain patients – and can be spread through surgeries or blood transfusions. Two new...
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12.22.2016
10:14am
The U.S. military had placed blast gauges on the heads of thousands of soldiers in Afghanistan to measure the potential damage caused by explosions. But the...
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12.21.2016
3:06pm
A breath test may be able to diagnose life-threatening conditions such as cancers or brain disease. The nano array, made of gold particles and single-walled...
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12.21.2016
9:34am
From David Bowie’s alien troubadour to a warlike Star Trek alien race, otherworldly inspirations have informed some of the naming of Earth’s species unveiled...
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12.20.2016
2:45pm
Female doctors have been shown in some studies to stick closer to clinical guidelines, provide more preventative care and communicate with patients more...
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12.20.2016
10:12am
For decades, humans have traveled into orbit around the Earth, placing satellites and using the edges of space as a staging area for military and scientific...
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12.19.2016
3:27pm
Millions of chickens and other poultry birds are being culled in South Korea and Japan. Tens of thousands of turkeys, ducks, and migratory birds have been...
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12.19.2016
9:53am
Mylan, which came under fire this year for jacking up the price of its life-saving EpiPen allergy treatment, announced it is putting a generic version on the...
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12.16.2016
12:33pm
Civilization has criss-crossed the globe with roads to make human transportation easier. However, the network has overlaid the Earth to such an extent that...
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12.16.2016
9:26am
The baculum is a penis bone that many male mammals have, but humans do not. That's because Homo sapiens evolved differently, based on our monogamous...
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12.15.2016
3:12pm
The controversy picked up last week when the transition team sent a request to the DOE requesting the names of all staff members who had ever worked on climate...
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12.15.2016
10:03am
Amid a collection of the oldest footprints of hominids yet discovered, paleontologists have now found a different set shedding light on the earliest branches...
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12.14.2016
3:07pm
Last year, a team of archaeologists working in what has traditionally been considered a landlocked “backwater” of ancient Greece discovered remains of what had...
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12.14.2016
10:17am
Climate change has become an ongoing political tug-of-war. As the vast majority of science continues to warn of deleterious anthropomorphic effects on the...
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12.13.2016
10:05am
Climate change is already pushing species over the brink, according to a new study in PLOS Biology. Hundreds of species have been made extinct due to...
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12.9.2016
3:47pm
Robert the Bruce was arguably the greatest king of Scotland, a fierce warrior and commander who successfully beat back the hated English over several chaotic...
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12.9.2016
10:12am
Smallpox plagued humanity for centuries, claiming millions of lives, before vaccination eradicated it in 1980. Now, DNA evidence in a 17th century mummy...
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12.8.2016
3:15pm
D-minor, that saddest of all keys, may be even sadder in the digital realm. It’s all in the MP3 compression process, says a new study by researchers at the...
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12.8.2016
9:53am
Hold the razor – and put down those scissors, say a group of urologists. Trimming or shaving pubic hair frequently is associated with more sexually-transmitted...
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12.7.2016
3:00pm
The mosquito populations have increased 10-fold over the last half-century in places like New York, New Jersey and California. But it’s not climate change...
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12.7.2016
9:19am
Human babies have big heads, and mother’s hips have stopped evolving to grow bigger to accommodate them during natural child birth. The rise in Caesarian...
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12.6.2016
9:45am
The Star of Bethlehem was the sign that led the Magi to the baby in the manger that would become one of history’s most important figures, according to the New...
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12.5.2016
2:55pm
Eight prizes, more lucrative than even the Nobels, were awarded to 12 elite scientists for work ranging from astrophysics to DNA and cell biology. Six...
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12.5.2016
9:56am
Most of the prepared statements and photo-ops on the official Twitter account U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology tout...
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12.2.2016
3:01pm
A single large dose of psilocybin – the psychoactive compound in “magic mushrooms” – improved depression and death-related anxiety in cancer patients,...
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12.2.2016
10:10am
A British organization now recommends the use of mitochondrial replacement therapy in carefully selected situations. A team from Oregon Health and Science...
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12.1.2016
2:55pm
Lucy, the Australopithecus afarensis skeleton found 40 years ago in Ethiopia, has long captivated modern humans. She has remained our earliest ancestor to walk...
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12.1.2016
2:25pm
Albert Einstein’s view of the universe was largely confirmed in February, when a team of scientists announced the detection of gravitational waves. But even...
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11.30.2016
3:05pm
The future scientist went to school with other children of the lowest castes in what is now known as Bangladesh. He had a crucial role in pioneering the...
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11.30.2016
10:22am
A new study finds that religious fervor lights up reward circuits in the brain also triggered by intense love, pleasure from music, as well as cocaine and...
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11.29.2016
9:21am
An ant species on the Pacific island of Fiji have actively cultivated a species of plant for three million years – a version of farming that began long before...
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11.28.2016
3:10pm
Humans evolved through millennia of hunter-gatherer living. It’s only in the last century that the advent of technology has confined a major segment of the...
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11.28.2016
9:53am
Glioblastomas are among the deadliest cancers. Diagnosis with the brain tumors means a median survival time of just 14 months – even with the full range of...
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11.25.2016
2:37pm
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been thinning, receding and melting since satellite images began monitoring its location and size in 1992. But where it began...
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11.23.2016
2:48pm
Mars, a source of speculation and legend for humankind for thousands of years, continues to be a rich trove for scientific exploration from a distance. A...
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11.23.2016
9:45am
Schizophrenia is known to run in families, and appears to have a genetic cause. But those genes are so complex and numerous, it’s been a biological puzzle for...
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11.22.2016
3:07pm
The “Emdrive,” an electromagnetic propulsion system thought to convert electricity into thrust, is not supposed to work, according to classical physics. But a...
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11.22.2016
9:38am
Fukushima Prefecture, which still has vivid memories of a tsunami disaster five years ago, is currently under a tsunami warning. The early-morning 7.3-...
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11.21.2016
4:48pm
A new study indicates natives may have been domesticating and breeding turkeys many centuries before breaking bread with European settlers at the first...
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11.21.2016
3:09pm
Cocaine is a tricky drug to test for. Time-consuming laboratory work can accurately determine the presence and amount of cocaine and its byproducts, while...
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11.21.2016
10:03am
A new wet vacuum collection system has been on a roll solving tough cold cases with scant DNA evidence.
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11.10.2016
9:27am
Today the international climate change agreement signed in Paris by 192 nations last December becomes international law. But the deal is far from done....
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11.4.2016
10:21am
Selfies in forests and checking in at picturesque overlooks can point the way to conservation and land-use policy of the future, according to a new study.
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11.3.2016
9:51am
Nine children have now been hospitalized in Washington state with a mysterious neurological syndrome with symptoms like polio. Health officials are...
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11.2.2016
9:33am
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, as you probably know. But it may also prevent you from stepping on a landmine, which you probably didn...
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11.1.2016
2:34pm
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance is one of history’s great mysteries, captivating public imagination for nearly a century. An intrepid explorer who upended...
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11.1.2016
9:49am
Women have often had to bear the brunt of contraceptives, whether it is the pill, intrauterine devices, implants, or other methods of preventing pregnancy. But...
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10.31.2016
3:07pm
Since the advent of complete genome sequencing, the beginning of the human story keeps getting more complex. A whole hominid species that was never before...
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10.31.2016
10:00am
A new study evaluates a scientific underpinning of the original Frankenstein novel: a concept of extinction conceived by the 20-year-old Mary Shelley decades...
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10.28.2016
3:21pm
Algae quickly grows in many water sources, and is one of the first impediments to making water potable. Oftentimes aluminum chloride is used as a coagulant to...
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10.28.2016
9:38am
Aside from the cigars, one of the most anticipated imports of the thawing U.S.-Cuban relations was a promising lung cancer vaccine that has been decades in...
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10.27.2016
2:02pm
A major laboratory company that sells primates was sued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The action was filed...
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10.27.2016
9:32am
For decades, a flight attendant was blamed as “Patient Zero” of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, and was even cast as a villain in a best-selling book on...
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10.26.2016
3:25pm
A moderate geomagnetic storm is currently sweeping the Northern Hemisphere, prompting warnings from officials – and also raising some hopes for Aurora Borealis...
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10.26.2016
9:16am
To combat a Soviet Union winter in 1942, the Nazi's planned to set up a secret base at the Arctic Circle for weather monitoring. But the “secret” wartime...
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10.25.2016
12:48pm
Flowering plants developed a highly specialized hormone, phythohormone abscisic acid, known as ABA, over millions of years. It is specially tuned to be a kind...
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10.25.2016
9:28am
Gordon Hamilton, a physical glaciologist with the Climate Change Institute, was driving his snowmobile across White Island in the Ross Archipelago in...
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10.24.2016
12:24pm
Antony van Leeuwenhoek discovered a whole world – right under our noses. Today, on the Dutch innovator’s 384th birthday, Google is honoring his forays into the...
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10.24.2016
9:49am
Cartilage from the noses of patients has been successfully transplanted to their deteriorating knees, according to an ongoing Swiss trial. The grafts were...
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10.21.2016
3:31pm
Three scientists won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for their findings that the universe’s expansion was accelerating, based on their observation of known...
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10.21.2016
2:22pm
The recently released Cancer Moonshot report lays out important groundwork regarding cancer-killing instrument technology and big data.
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10.21.2016
11:23am
STDs have reached a fever pitch in the United States, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
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10.20.2016
3:03pm
The next time you have a bad day at work and head right to the gym to burn off some energy, take heed: anger or emotional distress at the time of physical...
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10.20.2016
9:35am
Imagine a problem drinker guzzling one too many out at a bar. But just a few minutes after taking that drink, the person’s cell phone buzzes – telling them to...
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10.19.2016
3:04pm
The Ice Age cave artists had a better eye than we had ever believed. The drawings at Lascaux and elsewhere documented a hybrid bison-cattle species distinct...
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10.19.2016
9:31am
A new study finds a correlation between migraine sufferers and mouth bacteria especially equipped to reduce nitrates – potentially meaning the microbes might...
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10.18.2016
3:21pm
The Great Pyramid is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – and its massive, nearly impossible construction continues to amaze modern humanity,...
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10.18.2016
9:57am
Predators like wolves and coyotes are killed in large numbers by federal authorities on public lands. But a new lawsuit settlement between a conservation group...
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10.17.2016
3:16pm
Human papillomavirus (HPV) comes in hundreds of different strains, and infects almost everyone at some point in their lifetimes. For most people, the infection...
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10.17.2016
10:08am
The terracotta warriors discovered in 1974 were part of an enormous funerary complex to the first and greatest of Chinese rules, the Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
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10.14.2016
2:36pm
Voters at the southern tip of Florida will decide on Nov. 8 whether to release a genetically engineered mosquito to beat back the spread of the Zika virus.
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10.14.2016
9:29am
Willy Burgdorfer was the scientist who found the tick-borne culprit for the outbreak of a strange new malady in 1981: the germ Borrelia burgdorferi that now...
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10.13.2016
3:18pm
T-rex arms were tiny – almost comically so. Their use and purpose has been an enduring mystery of paleontology for more than a century. Now the most advanced X...
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10.13.2016
9:56am
Obesity in mothers and high blood pressure and kidney disease in their children have been linked by several studies in humans.
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10.12.2016
3:14pm
A vaccine trial in baby monkeys found no connection between the mercury in the doses and the development of autism-like behaviors and changes in the primate...
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10.12.2016
9:53am
A team of anthropologists have documented the first evidence of mother chimpanzees teaching their young to use tools to eat in the jungles of the Republic of...
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10.11.2016
3:15pm
Soda is a major factor in the expanding American waistline, most experts say. Half of all Americans drink sugary beverages each day, and a fifth of the weight...
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10.11.2016
10:21am
The EpiPen, an auto-injector of epinephrine used for anaphylaxis, had been incorrectly classified as a generic product under Medicaid since 1997, as was...
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10.10.2016
3:03pm
Russia invaded the Ukraine in 2014, and the U.S. imposed economic sanctions. Russia is now bombing increasing swaths around the city of Aleppo in support of...
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10.10.2016
10:01am
A researcher whose life’s work was fighting disease ultimately dedicated her death to it, as well. Kimberly Lynn Koss, who was diagnosed with triple-negative...
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10.7.2016
10:03am
An orca whale was detained by a NOAA team on Feb. 23 in the Pacific Ocean. Five weeks later, the same southern resident killer whale washed up on the shores of...
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10.6.2016
2:52pm
Theranos, the blood-testing company subject to investigations and scandal for a year, will close all its clinical laboratories and wellness centers – causing...
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10.6.2016
10:05am
Climate change belief is shaped predominantly by political views, according to new Pew Research Center findings. The belief in humanity-driven effects on the...
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10.5.2016
3:06pm
Hormonal birth control may cause depression in young women, according to a massive new population-level study in Denmark. Researchers identified increased...
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10.5.2016
9:53am
Doctors bring their personal politics to bear in their interpretation of the Hippocratic Oath, according to a new study by Yale researchers.
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10.4.2016
2:58pm
The ruins of Chaco Canyon are one of the biggest and most lasting remnants of the Anasazi in the American Southwest. Like the other settlements of the ancient...
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10.4.2016
9:50am
A key enzyme could be both an indicator and treatment target for suicide and severe depression, according to a study backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans...
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10.3.2016
3:02pm
A trio of professors proposed a “lifehack” in 2010: adopting certain body postures like leaning back in a chair or standing with your hands on your hips could...
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10.3.2016
10:18am
Amid anxiety over Artificial Intelligence, some of the tech world’s giants are forming a partnership to exploit the potential benefits of thinking machines.
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9.30.2016
3:31pm
The Rosetta spacecraft chased after a far-off comet, followed it closely for two years and collected some clues as to the creation of our solar system. Early...
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9.30.2016
9:31am
After a year of inaction on the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and several summer months of the spread of the Zika virus without federal funding or planning,...
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9.29.2016
10:00am
Elon Musk has always had plans – beginning with his big payday from PayPal, he has pushed for cleaner cars, longer-lived batteries and solar power. But now his...
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9.28.2016
3:01pm
A first-of-its-kind procedure has resulted in the birth of a healthy baby boy with the DNA from three “parents,” according to a fertility clinic in New York....
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9.28.2016
9:37am
Kratom is a painkilling substance seen as a less addictive, potentially safe alternative to opioids. Several teams of U.S. researchers are looking to develop...
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9.27.2016
2:54pm
“Low T” – the condition of having low testosterone – has been the focus of years of advertising campaigns aimed at an aging population of men. The condition...
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9.27.2016
9:37am
It’s a national issue that could keep you up at night. Light-emitting diode (LED) illumination is more energy efficient, lasts a long time and presents a...
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9.26.2016
3:02pm
Long before they “haz” conquered the Internet meme world, cats spread across the world at the side of humanity, according to a new study. A team of...
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9.26.2016
10:02am
A man who lived as a badger and bird in the wild, a group of scientists who quizzed a thousand liars and then published a paper on what they were told and a...
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9.23.2016
3:10pm
Quitting smoking doesn’t mean the cigarettes quit your genome, according to a new study. The epigenetic changes wrought by methylation within smokers’ DNA can...
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9.23.2016
9:22am
Hunter-gatherers in Stone-Age Europe were quickly overcome and all but wiped out when interlopers with better farming and herding technologies migrated onto...
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9.22.2016
3:00pm
It’s a line that ethicists have warned about for decades: genetically engineering humans in the name of medical and scientific progress could be a Pandora’s...
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9.22.2016
9:56am
The demands of “publish or perish” in laboratories and academia has taken its toll on science, contends a new study. Science has gone through an evolution that...
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9.21.2016
3:30pm
Pluto was a cold tiny rock far off in the outer reaches of the solar system. But the New Horizons mission that buzzed by the onetime planet last summer...
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9.21.2016
10:04am
The wreck of the famous Antikythera shipwreck was discovered more than a century ago, and artifacts from the large cargo ship have been pulled from the...
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9.20.2016
3:02pm
It already kills an estimated 2 million people per year in the United States. But antibiotic resistance will prompt a global economic crisis by the year 2050...
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9.20.2016
10:09am
“Gut feeling” is an intangible – an automatic hunch – based on prior experience for some people. But the “gut feeling” is actually a measurable response...
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9.19.2016
3:05pm
Daytime naps lasting more than an hour could be a sign of type-2 diabetes, according to research presented at a recent conference.
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9.19.2016
10:04am
You may have had those dreams: you suddenly realize the one-on-one game you’re having against Michael Jordan is all in your head. But the game continues, and...
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9.15.2016
4:08pm
Household dust holds traces of everyday chemicals that can seriously impact health, according to a new study. The chemicals come from building materials,...
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9.15.2016
10:02am
One billion stars in the Milky Way have been charted by the Gaia spacecraft mission of the European Space Agency. But that only accounts for one percent of all...
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9.14.2016
2:55pm
The climate pendulum in the eastern Pacific Ocean most often swings from the mass of warm water of El Niño directly into the opposite: the deep, cold water of...
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9.14.2016
9:48am
The Sakurajima volcano, a historically-violent volcano on the southern rim of Japan, is accumulating magma – and preparing for an eventual eruption of great...
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9.13.2016
9:52am
Clusters of Legionnaire’s in New York City were among hundreds in the Big Apple last summer. The annual toll of cases is not unusual – but the 12 deaths last...
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9.12.2016
9:58am
North Korea is rattling the sabers again. The tiny nation claims it detonated its fifth nuclear test early this morning. The claims were immediately greeted...
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9.9.2016
3:27pm
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been a medical mystery for a few decades. Science has not yet explained why as many 2 million Americans – mostly women between...
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9.9.2016
9:35am
Black holes are tricky – since they do not emit photons, we cannot see them. But a new computer modeling method enabled a team of researchers to “see the...
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9.8.2016
3:15pm
A plan to accelerate cancer research was outlined by a White House blue-ribbon panel of doctors on Wednesday. Working smarter, through immunotherapies, a 3-D...
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9.8.2016
9:27am
Royal Dutch Shell has discovered a big pocket of natural gas in the western deserts of Egypt. The fuel source deep under the concession area of north Alam El-...
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9.7.2016
9:54am
A newly discovered “extremophile bacteria” will eat away the remains of the Titanic by 2030, says a new study. Halomonas titanicae can produce an osmolyte...
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9.6.2016
3:14pm
A White House panel of experts, including federal judges, are recommending that some forensic disciplines be thrown out of courtrooms, while some others need...
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9.6.2016
2:34pm
A teenager from North Carolina could help pick the landing site of the next Mars rover. Alex Longo, now 16, originally sent in a proposal in 2014 to help pick...
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9.6.2016
9:59am
Stories of horror and death have been passed down through some groups in human history, lessons learned from times of famine, warfare and genocide. But those...
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9.2.2016
2:29pm
The climate change agreement reached in Paris last December was formally signed by more than 100 nations this past Earth Day. But like previous agreements, the...
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9.2.2016
9:58am
The legacy of World War II and the Holocaust continues to be unearthed, 70 years after the war ended. Body parts and brains of the victims of Nazi doctors were...
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9.1.2016
3:31pm
Trials of a drug used to reduce the amount of amyloid is being hailed as a potentially “game changing” treatment – or even a “preventative” – for Alzheimer’s...
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9.1.2016
9:48am
The number of African elephants has taken another plunge, due to a boom in poaching on the continent, says a massive new census of the largest land animal on...
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8.31.2016
1:54pm
The first responders involved in search, rescue, collection and cleanup after the 9/11 attacks who developed PTSD have a disproportionately higher rate of...
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8.31.2016
9:29am
The astronomers working for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence are currently scanning the skies at a star system 94 light years away, after a...
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8.30.2016
2:49pm
The geodesic dome is set on a dormant Hawaiian volcano. Inside, six people lived in isolation for an entire year.
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8.30.2016
10:05am
The changes wrought upon the Earth by humanity constitute a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, a group of experts announced today. The Working Group on...
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8.29.2016
3:04pm
When you’re crossing a street, you look both ways to avoid danger. But the seemingly simple decision-making process to get across is actually complex, with...
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8.29.2016
10:02am
When the temples are abandoned, and the worshipers dead and gone, what happens to the gods? In the case of Uni, an Etruscan goddess, you go unnoticed for...
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8.26.2016
2:39pm
The chemical cocktail used in unleashing natural gas pockets underground through the process called fracking appears to cause hormonal imbalance and fertility...
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8.26.2016
10:15am
The chaos of civil war in Syria has caused a disastrous diaspora of people outward from the ancient Mediterranean land. For the people who remain, it’s also...
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8.25.2016
3:13pm
The mountainous heartland of Italy around the Apennines is known to be one of the most scenic parts of Europe. But with the rugged terrain has come a unique...
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8.24.2016
5:47pm
The Zika panic has spread slowly over the past year. As the virus creeps northward on the thoraxes of mosquitoes to the continental United States, and Congress...
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8.24.2016
10:01am
In-utero exposure to some chemicals banned in the 1970s that linger in U.S. food and water appear to increase children’s risk of being placed on the spectrum,...
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8.23.2016
1:30pm
Eventually, there will be a solar event that could compromise large swaths of the power grid, experts explained. Blackouts of that kind could cause chaos at...
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8.23.2016
8:23am
Every piece of research that NASA contributes to or helps fund will now be accessible to the public on a new web portal. PubSpace, which is run through the...
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8.22.2016
10:07am
Ever since it opened in 2008, imaginations have run wild around the Large Hadron Collider. Some claim the $4.4 billion machine could open a portal to another...
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8.19.2016
3:23pm
It had been called the “biological Chernobyl.” The routine maintenance of safety air filters at a biological weapons facility in the city of Sverdlovsk in the...
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8.19.2016
10:04am
Clever mapping using machine learning and high-resolution satellite data is a new method proposed by Stanford researchers that could help pinpoint poverty. The...
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8.18.2016
2:52pm
The massive continents of North and South America were only joined at the Isthmus of Panama very recently, in geological terms, according to a new study by...
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8.18.2016
9:45am
Ford plans to have a fully autonomous car for ride-sharing on the roads by 2021, the company announced Tuesday. The high-volume vehicle would be for commercial...
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8.17.2016
2:47pm
Archaeology has gotten better at estimating the timeline of civilization. But there are limitations for the earliest cultures thousands of years ago, like the...
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8.17.2016
9:55am
Musicians’ brains work on a different level from most of us as they listen to a song. Sting sat down for brain scans with neuroscientists, displaying the...
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8.16.2016
9:41am
The attorneys general of 11 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief backing their Massachusetts and New York colleagues in their investigation of...
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8.15.2016
3:27pm
The relocation of a species of a tiny, critically-endangered tortoise in Australia poses questions of conservation and interfering with nature.
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8.15.2016
10:13am
A gruesome find has been made at the summit of the Hellenistic world, the altar of Zeus on Mount Lykaio. Archaeologists have unearthed the headless body of a...
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8.12.2016
9:56am
Marijuana will remain a Schedule I, federally-regulated substance under a new rule proposed by the Drug Enforcement Agency this week. But part of the proposal...
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8.11.2016
3:14pm
SolarCity, currently beginning a merger with the futuristic car company Tesla, has its sights set on a way to turn around growing losses: by making roofs that...
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8.11.2016
9:57am
At the frontier of human consciousness is the brain activity during sleep. Most of our dreams and electrical activity is believed to occur during rapid-eye-...
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8.10.2016
3:21pm
Fragments of bone were unveiled by some British experts in 1912, and touted as the “missing link” between apes and man. The “find” caused an international...
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8.10.2016
10:19am
The Cuban Missile Crisis, the tense days-long standoff in the Caribbean in 1962 that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war, is well documented in the...
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8.9.2016
3:21pm
A family of industrial chemicals found in an enormous array of consumer products for the last 60 years is in the drinking water of millions of Americans,...
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8.9.2016
10:04am
Environmental advocates have set a floating day on the calendar called “Earth Overshoot Day.” This is not a holiday – it is the date each year when humanity’s...
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8.8.2016
3:22pm
A woman whose illness had been a mystery to a team of human doctors was saved by a second opinion – from a computer.
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8.8.2016
10:01am
The NIH has published a proposal in the Federal Register opening the door to further inquiry on chimeras-- hybrid embryos mixing and matching genes from humans...
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8.5.2016
1:35pm
Prostate cancer screening fundamentally changed in 2012, when routine tests for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) indicator were no longer standard for all...
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7.21.2016
4:00pm
The workings of the human brain are still not well understood. But a new map of the brain proposed this week is being hailed as a landmark in a new...
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7.21.2016
10:01am
Prisoners across the world have greater rates of HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis than their non-incarcerated peers. But in most nations prisoners actually...
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7.20.2016
2:10pm
The sewer line break gushed up to 500 gallons of untreated waste per minute into the neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, Fla., eventually flowing into the Boca...
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7.20.2016
10:06am
You may get the feeling both sides of the political aisle are speaking a different language entirely. No one agrees, unless they have the same R or D attached...
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7.19.2016
2:45pm
Flint, Michigan’s water crisis has become a cautionary tale of the consequences that can arise if continued efforts are not made to monitor the chemistry of...
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7.19.2016
9:12am
The Zika virus cannot be stopped by current disease surveillance and interventions, predict one group of scientists in the United Kingdom. But the epidemic...
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7.18.2016
3:10pm
State-sponsored doping was intended to help Russian athletes cheat to win in international competitions. The country did indeed collect the most medals in the...
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7.18.2016
10:17am
Two hunters in Gabon were infected with a rare virus by bites from gorillas, according to new research by scientists at France’s famed Pasteur Institute.
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7.15.2016
10:18am
Modern medicine has almost always considered the brain “immune privileged,” as if it was an island fully separated from the human body’s natural defenses by...
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7.14.2016
10:01am
MRIs used to monitor brain activity in research have not been trustworthy over thousands of studies, according to new analysis. Five percent false positives...
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7.13.2016
3:08pm
Crows are some of the most upstanding residents of suburbia, according to new research carried out in the United Kingdom.
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7.13.2016
10:30am
Australia has virtually eliminated AIDS deaths after three decades of education and medical treatment. But the Pacific nation has an even more ambitious goal...
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7.12.2016
3:08pm
When it has come to man-made climate change, onlookers and critics have continually asked when the “tipping point” will be – when humanity has reached a...
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7.12.2016
11:01am
The federal government announced its plans to sell Plum Island, one of the foremost disease and biological research facilities in the U.S., to the highest...
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7.11.2016
2:55pm
WISE 0855 is a mere 7.2 light years from Earth, but it’s barely detectable at infrared wavelengths, since it’s so cold. But the latest observations of the...
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7.11.2016
9:50am
The enormous mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean has thrown the entire ecosystem out of whack – even more than the naturally-occurring El Niño pattern,...
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7.8.2016
10:19am
For one-time wunderkind Theranos, the questions started with The Wall Street Journal last fall. Then the Food and Drug Administration started with inspections...
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7.7.2016
3:12pm
The scientist from Vermont was a woman who discovered how sex is determined through chromosomes. But the story of Nettie Stevens also describes how gender once...
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7.7.2016
10:05am
You’ve seen the studies, where cancer is all but cured in mice, and others showing “links” between vitamins and extreme longevity. But the claims quickly fade...
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7.6.2016
10:03am
The National Institutes of Health is now funding a study to monitor the exposure – and potential infection – of Zika in athletes, coaches and staff at the...
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7.5.2016
2:08pm
Prions, abnormally folded proteins that can spread in the brain, remain a scientific riddle. They appear to be a key factor in Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob,...
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7.1.2016
3:17pm
Science has produced many macabre nooks throughout history. A new study looks at the fervor anatomists had for the cadavers of fetuses and infants for more...
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7.1.2016
10:09am