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.

A Martian meteor found in northwestern Africa that is more than four billion years old came from Mars, and bears the traces of the tumultuous creation of the...
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5.24.2018
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Traditional theories held that lungs became inflamed and weakened through the smoke damage, decreasing oxygen and therefore limiting the capacity for activity...
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5.24.2018
10:20am
A staggering 29 calls per day are made to Poison Control Centers for children exposed to ADHD medications, according to new research.
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5.23.2018
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More alcoholics with severe hepatitis are getting liver transplants than ever before, according to a new study that will be presented at a forthcoming...
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5.23.2018
9:29am
A week after internal EPA emails surfaced that showed an agency concerned about a “public relations nightmare,” which consequently delayed the release of a...
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5.22.2018
3:33pm
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A battery of 113 tests is the standard to treat chronic ailments and priority diseases across the globe, according to a new list released by the World Health...
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5.22.2018
10:16am
DNA of ancient peoples in Southeast Asia shows that most of the region was colonized in three separate waves of settlement, beginning tens of thousands of...
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5.21.2018
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The national food poisoning outbreak which affected hundreds across a majority of states is now at an end.
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5.18.2018
3:12pm
Jim Bridenstine, a former congressman and fighter pilot, has been the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency for about one month. There may have...
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5.18.2018
10:32am
The Araucaria forests of the southernmost parts of South America have been integral parts of the landscape since the advent of recorded history. These “monkey...
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5.17.2018
3:17pm
Industrial pollution coming from millions of American drinking water taps is more widespread and dangerous than had been previously understood, according to a...
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5.17.2018
9:54am
NASA has announced it is including a tiny helicopter aboard its Mars 2020 mission, with an eye toward the first flight on a planet beyond Earth.
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5.16.2018
3:40pm
A team of researchers has been using EEG brain tests for years to try to determine the correct drug and dose for the 30 million people in the U.S. that take...
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5.16.2018
10:08am
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In one of those discoveries that tests the limit of human perception from the tiny confines of a planet orbiting a small star, scientists say they have...
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5.15.2018
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A massive accounting of ice cores taken from deep inside the ice of Greenland show the boom and bust times of antiquity, especially the rise and fall of Rome,...
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5.15.2018
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The precious horns of rhinos have long been associated with “cure-alls” to treat a wide range of ailments from cancer, to hangovers, to even erectile...
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5.14.2018
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Eighteen months ago, a paper claiming to demonstrate neurological damage in mice caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was published by a Japanese...
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5.14.2018
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A team of scientists has found that surveillance of dengue outbreaks can better predict where newer pathogens such as chikungunya and Zika are going to spread...
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5.11.2018
3:23pm
Alcohol and tobacco use robbed the entire human population of an estimated quarter of a billion adjusted life years in 2015 alone, according to a new estimate.
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5.11.2018
10:11am
Hepatitis B has infected a staggering 350 million people around the world, with especially high concentrations in China and swaths of Asia, and Sub-Saharan...
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5.10.2018
3:31pm
All new homes built in California in 2020 and beyond will be required to have solar panels, according to a new vote by the California Energy Commission on...
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5.10.2018
9:45am
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Chemistry of the microscopic to track the traces of human populations has been demonstrated in a temperate zone. The traces are in the feces ancient peoples...
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5.9.2018
10:10am
A virus that is a kind of silent cousin of HIV is spreading in parts of the world, especially in Australia. The human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1,...
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5.8.2018
3:13pm
A new series of computer models has predicted that the sun will actually blow out a planetary nebula, a massive and glowing ring of gas and dust.
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5.8.2018
9:56am
Two weeks ago, a team of 15 academics penned a commentary in the journal Nature that outlined some of the major controversies surrounding ongoing...
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5.7.2018
3:25pm
Three years ago, an archaeologist put forth a theory that there were “ghosts” of hidden doorways in the world famous tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt. Now it...
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5.7.2018
10:23am
The “long-haired star” was what we now call Halley’s Comet, and shows how important astronomical riddles were to people of the Medieval period. But a new...
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5.4.2018
10:35am
A solar still that is near 100 percent efficient can provide clean water to needy areas like disaster zones of the future, according to a new study.
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5.3.2018
3:24pm
The study is straightforward, looking at the incidence of a particularly deadly and nasty brain tumor. But the speculated conclusions included in a few...
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5.3.2018
10:16am
The machine learning scientific community has long relied mostly on academic journals that are free and open-access. Now that the publishing giant Nature has...
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5.1.2018
2:34pm
NASA has canceled its only robotic mission to the surface of the Moon, causing outcry among scientists.
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5.1.2018
10:10am
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was universally lauded as a child prodigy, becoming the first to solve a complex mathematical problem at the age of 15. But Gauss,...
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4.30.2018
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The Russian government has launched a floating nuclear power plant, with its destination in the Arctic expected to be reached next year. But the first voyage...
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4.30.2018
10:35am
A Hiroshima resident was standing about a kilometer away from the epicenter of the explosion when the “Little Boy” bomb dropped by the Enola Gay bathed them in...
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4.27.2018
3:27pm
The autism rate nationwide has been increasing ever since surveillance began – and the latest CDC count has it now at the highest rate yet in the United States.
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4.27.2018
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Neighboring Asian countries had reported that an underground North Korean nuclear testing site collapsed last autumn, killing about 200 people. Now a new...
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4.26.2018
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A new study finds that a flow of dopamine was released right at Archimedes’s “Aha” moment – and triggered the mathematician’s deep-brain nucleus accumbens –...
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4.26.2018
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Scientists and engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy are planning on bringing unprecedented computer...
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4.25.2018
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The unarmed settlers of Sandby borg were not protected by their high walls, and their murderers condemned them to history that is only now being unearthed.
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4.25.2018
10:17am
The shoveling on the backs of incisors, which is prevalent for a majority of Native Americans and many northern Asians, is a trait that didn’t have a ready...
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4.24.2018
3:10pm
DNA is traditionally thought of as an elegant double helix, twisting together billions of pairs of adenine, thymine, cytosine, guanine, and uracil. But the...
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4.24.2018
10:21am
Within two decades, “an entire new space economy” will sprout up, according to investment giant Goldman Sachs. “Space: The Next Investment Frontier” is a...
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4.23.2018
3:07pm
Sugar substitutes were developed in the 20th century to offset the ill effects of sugar consumption in modern diets, such as diabetes and obesity. But a new...
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4.23.2018
10:46am
A body of research that began around the Los Angeles Marathon in the 1980s and 1990s showed increased infections among runners who had trained hard and...
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4.20.2018
3:21pm
The Bajau, a group of “Sea Nomads” who live on houseboats traveling the waters of Southeast Asia, rely on amazing diving prowess to survive. Their tradition...
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4.20.2018
10:58am
A new look into the minutest details of virology may have unveiled the secret of how cancer-causing viruses such as humanpapilloma virus (HPV) anchor...
4.19.2018
3:29pm
Low testosterone, a condition that affects several million men in the United States alone, is linked to chronic health conditions in younger men, according to...
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4.19.2018
10:13am
It’s not the message—it’s the messenger, according to a new study of climate change arguments conducted by political scientists. Republicans, not Democrats or...
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4.18.2018
3:27pm
A bacterium discovered by Japanese researchers two years ago showed something amazing: from its natural evolved processes of breaking down cutin on the surface...
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4.18.2018
10:45am
Four baboons used a barrel to temporarily escape their enclosure at an experimentation program in Texas, officials confirmed. The four primates were quickly...
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4.17.2018
2:24pm
The Tirpitz was the largest battleship ever made by a European navy, 250 meters in length, and bristling with eight 15-inch guns. The massive vessel escaped...
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4.17.2018
10:41am
What if humanity was not the first industrial civilization? What if, untold millions of years ago, amid the climate fluctuations and the struggles for...
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4.16.2018
2:56pm
Sitting too much has been linked to health conditions, earlier death and even advanced aging of cells. But a new observation includes the dynamic on a brain...
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4.16.2018
10:13am
Hand dryers are generally considered to be sanitary, with the relative lack of contact with the surfaces in public bathrooms. But the dryers, through movement...
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4.13.2018
3:06pm
The bad news: metastasis of breast cancer between 12 and 18 months after surgery could be attributed to a side effect of removing the tumors themselves. The...
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4.13.2018
10:20am
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been scrutinizing nooks and crannies of the moon for nearly a decade, down to the level of mere meters. This week NASA has...
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4.12.2018
3:14pm
Marine heatwaves have become longer and more frequent over the last century, with rippling environmental effects on oceans worldwide, according to a new study...
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4.12.2018
10:17am
Bigger is not necessarily better – at least when it comes to the survival of species, according to a new study. Too much competition for mates can drive some...
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4.11.2018
2:59pm
SpaceX is on its way to building its spaceship to Mars, and founder and CEO Elon Musk is using social media to tease parts of its development. Musk shared a...
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4.11.2018
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Apple’s facilities in 43 countries are now powered completely by clean energy like solar and wind farms, the company announced today. The 626 megawatts are...
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4.10.2018
2:56pm
The first seeds have been sown at the Antarctic greenhouse, and the first harvest has been picked. The German engineers report the research for growing...
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4.10.2018
10:09am
The modern human brow, relatively flat and mobile, was an evolutionary development that allowed the successive species of Homo to better communicate with one...
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4.9.2018
3:00pm
Muscle mass may help power some cancer patients to survival, according to a new statistical analysis. The study of thousands of women found those with age-...
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4.9.2018
9:54am
The traditional belief was that the process of aging in the brain is largely a story of deterioration and decline. Key to this narrative is the theory that new...
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4.6.2018
2:56pm
The spacecraft, which weighs about 154 pounds, will wheel around the Earth at nearly 5 miles per second. At a remote command, the device will release particles...
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4.6.2018
10:00am
The fossil was found when scientists cut open a limestone boulder from North Yorkshire. After it was polished and scrutinized, paleontologists found not just...
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4.5.2018
2:51pm
The flu shot was considered by many to be a failure this year, with the coverage not protecting against some of the rapidly-changing strains through the course...
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4.5.2018
10:22am
The flame retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, were used in furniture and consumer products from the 1970s until the early part of the...
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4.4.2018
3:08pm
Fifty dinosaur footprints on an island off Scotland, which has been the source of previous tracks, have yielded more clues about the Middle Jurassic period.
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4.4.2018
10:02am
The grave robbers not only covered their tracks, they also destroyed most traces of their quarry. By stealing the most valuable treasures in the tomb of a...
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4.3.2018
3:11pm
A natural arrangement of the stars and galaxies has allowed a group of scientists to spot a star that is so far off that its light takes 9 billion years to...
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4.3.2018
10:05am
One hundred years ago this week, a note appeared in the national weekly Public Health Reports about the spread of influenza in an isolated community in...
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4.2.2018
2:59pm
Two new studies look to nanofibers inspired by fetal biology in the womb as a new pathway for better wound recovery. The nanofibers are applied to wounds using...
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4.2.2018
10:06am
Fourteen patients showed up at a Massachusetts hospital over a five-year span with a strange problem. They all had developed amnesia, and cognitive problems...
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3.29.2018
2:38pm
A journal is retracting a high-profile dietary study based on the self-reported limitations within the same paper that made it through the peer-review process...
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3.29.2018
10:13am
The Silk Road, a vital connection between Occident and Orient for centuries, was a Medieval melting pot where historians have believed the legendary cities...
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3.28.2018
3:09pm
The James Webb Telescope, among the most important of NASA’s 21st century goals so far, has been delayed for another year, the space agency announced Tuesday.
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3.28.2018
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A new look deep into the workings of the human body provided by a mix of the latest technologies has produced a potentially-startling revelation: there is a...
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3.27.2018
3:05pm
Some 320 universities, and 31 terabytes of documents and data, were the target of a state-sponsored cyber theft operation launched by Iran. Nine men still...
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3.27.2018
10:08am
A laser tool could scan the air, revealing the presence of chemical weapons or other toxins, according to a new research. The infrared lasers detect traces as...
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3.26.2018
2:50pm
A Japanese company aiming to create shooting stars in the upper atmosphere for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo has now unveiled its lofty commercial aspirations.
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3.26.2018
9:58am
Relapse is one of the ever-present pitfalls for addicts struggling to steer clear of their poison of choice. A non-psychoactive and non-addictive cannabinoid...
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3.23.2018
3:01pm
Glyphosate was found in the urine of more than 90 percent of a small sample of pregnant women in Indiana, according to a new study. The women with higher...
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3.23.2018
10:08am
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers more of the Earth's surface than many countries. A “gyre within a gyre” of ocean currents collects plastic in a...
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3.22.2018
2:57pm
Hard drugs have become part of our everyday society – so much so that a significant percentage of people who have never used nevertheless have trace amounts on...
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3.22.2018
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In the late 1980s, adolescents and young adults began coming down with mumps, even though they had been properly vaccinated as children. Starting in 2006, more...
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3.21.2018
2:16pm
A space telescope mission will seek out large and hot planets from out among the stars starting a decade from now, the European Space Agency announced Tuesday.
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3.21.2018
9:18am
Obesity causes inflammation, which reduces the number of taste buds on the tongue – thereby dulling taste, according to new research. The experiments showed...
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3.20.2018
2:56pm
Dogs were traded across Maya territory centuries earlier than had previously been believed, according to an analysis of isotopes from bones in Guatemala. The...
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3.20.2018
10:19am
Wound healing gel, thunderstorms in the upper atmosphere, the wear-and-tear on materials out in the cold of space, and making metals in microgravity are the...
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3.19.2018
3:04pm
Are we just part of an infinitely complex multiverse, one in which parallel worlds exist at the same time, and throughout space-time? It’s one of the questions...
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3.19.2018
10:10am
On a long-enough timeline, asteroids are a concern for most of the life on Earth – as proven during the time of the dinosaurs a mere 66.5 million years ago....
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3.16.2018
3:12pm
The times were turbulent, with constant earthquakes upending the landscape. Animal species died off or migrated to choicer land as the climate fluctuated...
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3.16.2018
10:10am
Water bottles all over the world, spanning brands both big and small, contain trace amounts of microplastics, according to a new study. Hundreds of bottles...
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3.15.2018
3:07pm
A year in space wrought hundreds of changes in the DNA of astronaut Scott Kelly, according to NASA research. The “space genes” and other changes in the...
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3.15.2018
10:17am
Theranos, a blood-testing company once touted as a futuristic “disruptor” in the medical industry, and its founder and president were all charged in a “massive...
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3.14.2018
3:10pm
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who became the most-recognized figure associated with scientific genius, lived most of his life under the specter of...
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3.14.2018
9:59am
The safety of recycled wastewater has been established over the last decade. Places like California, which is regularly drought-stricken, have increasingly...
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3.13.2018
3:04pm
In the wake of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, officials at the World Health Organization began to brainstorm what diseases could pose the biggest threats on a...
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3.13.2018
10:10am
Empathy – the ability to notice and respond to the feelings of others – is a cornerstone of human interpersonal relations. Such ability is at least partly...
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3.12.2018
2:19pm
A dentist was diagnosed with a disease known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. It is characterized by progressive scarring within the lungs, and a...
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3.12.2018
9:42am
Smoking has been banned in most public places, based mostly on fears of second-hand health effects on the non-smokers around their tobacco-using peers. But...
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3.9.2018
2:44pm
The buzz term “fake news” was popularized during the 2016 Presidential election, when lies by any other name spread across social media networks, including...
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3.9.2018
10:09am
Twenty-one children sued the United States and the Trump Administration, arguing that their constitutional rights have been violated over inaction in the face...
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3.8.2018
3:28pm
After previously being warned of doing genetic risk testing for its customers, 23andMe again received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its DNA...
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3.8.2018
10:53am
The Chinese space authorities launched their first space station in 2011, used it for just two manned missions, lost control of it in 2016, and it has been in...
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3.7.2018
2:20pm
For the future of radioactivity detection, a group of scientists looked to nautical history. The “lighthouse detectors” adapted the concept of the old-time...
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3.7.2018
8:21am
The opioid epidemic--which has been the source of innumerable headlines, studies and policy decisions--costs the U.S. more than $500 billion per year,...
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3.6.2018
3:02pm
Colistin, an antibiotic first developed in Japan in the 1940s, was largely abandoned because of its side effects. But in the 1990s it became valuable, being...
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3.6.2018
10:12am
The disruption of a pathway initiating cell death delays the inevitable – and could eventually provide new avenues of cancer treatment, Russian scientists...
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3.5.2018
3:01pm
A nearly complete skeleton of a baby bird that died shortly after birth shows scientists the nuances of millions of years of evolution during the Mesozoic era...
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3.5.2018
9:57am
A crowdsourced set of genealogical data has produced what could be the best example of an interconnected, whole human family: a family tree extending to 13...
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3.2.2018
2:56pm
Diabetes is a more diverse disease than medicine currently acknowledges – and treatments could be improved by splitting the disease into more types, according...
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3.2.2018
10:13am
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was believed to have only resulted in the release of gases. But seven years after one of history’s few radioactive...
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3.1.2018
2:55pm
The Irish Potato Famine killed at least a million people and drove a million more out to other lands, like America. For a humanitarian disaster of such massive...
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3.1.2018
10:17am
The moon was created from a collision in Earth’s distant past – but not how has traditionally been believed, according to a new study led by a group of...
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2.28.2018
3:09pm
Wine can fight mouth bacteria that causes both cavities and certain gum diseases, according to a new study in an American Chemical Society publication.
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2.28.2018
9:55am
The Austronesian peoples were a seafaring group who spread far and wide in the dawn of prehistory, from Taiwan and eastern Asia as far south and west as...
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2.27.2018
2:45pm
A new model of the cyclic reappearance of seasonal influenza outbreaks in the U.S. incorporates weather patterns, social connectivity networks and even Twitter...
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2.27.2018
10:05am
Proxima Centauri is the star closest to our sun, a red dwarf that is a mere four light years away. An exoplanet circling may be in what scientists have called...
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2.26.2018
2:46pm
Anxiety about the world around some people can color entire experiences. But that negative bias about one’s surroundings may also help remember those very...
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2.26.2018
10:07am
Moderation in all things has been a modus operandi for many in tempering the appetites for the pleasures in life. Another study of the oldest people in America...
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2.23.2018
2:37pm
The Taino peoples were the natives of the New World to feel perhaps the bluntest impact of the arrival of Europeans. Within decades of the arrival of...
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2.20.2018
9:32am
Some genetic engineering, and a bit of breeding, have allowed a team of researchers to create mice that have shown the ability to reverse Alzheimer’s Disease....
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2.16.2018
3:03pm
Women who clean using chemicals at home and at work show faster declines in some lung function, according to a new study spanning 20 years. The women – but not...
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2.16.2018
9:59am
The sounds were usually high-pitched, like a buzzing of insects, the grinding of metal, or a piercing squeal of something unknown. Other times, it was a low...
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2.15.2018
2:27pm
“Ultra-processed” foods, a litany of choices on modern menus spanning from packaged snacks to sodas, chicken nuggets, frozen meals and preservative-laden meat...
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2.15.2018
9:54am
Ten Stone Age people – men, women and a child – may have been killed, sacrificed, or even died by accident. At least some of the heads of the deceased were...
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2.14.2018
3:27pm
About a decade ago, dozens of scientific teams identified a protein kinase called the Maternal Leucine Zipper Kinase, or MELK, as a culprit in cancer. Drug...
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2.14.2018
10:59am
Extinction models typically base continued species existence on the tug-of-war between resource density and population growth. But a new model incorporates...
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2.13.2018
3:10pm
The enormous 5,800-square-kilometer Antarctic ice shelf broke away last July, calving away from the Antarctic Peninsula. Now, a team of European scientists are...
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2.13.2018
9:51am
Human beings first arrived in New Zealand at least 700 years ago. A new study of the dung of now-extinct birds shows how the environment changed with the...
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2.12.2018
3:12pm
A new frontier of pulling back on the ISS has been unveiled by draft budget documents circulating within the Trump Administration.
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2.12.2018
10:28am
The flu season is now considered an epidemic, and it continues to spread throughout the U.S., according to federal health officials.
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2.9.2018
3:07pm
In a first, scientists have taken human eggs from their earliest stages in the ovaries all the way to the most mature stage, all in a laboratory setting.
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2.9.2018
10:02am
Herpes numbers, particularly the rates of genital infections, have decreased over the last decade, according to the latest CDC estimates. But the incurable...
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2.8.2018
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The theory is simple and (nearly) apocalyptic: that a supervolcano at the site of current Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra exploded catastrophically some 75,...
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2.7.2018
3:11pm
An ancient Briton died and was buried in a limestone cave in Cheddar, in southwestern England, 10,000 years ago. The bones of “Cheddar Man” were discovered in...
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2.7.2018
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The warnings have been ubiquitous for decades: drinking alcohol while pregnant could have severe impacts on the unborn child. Now, a new study of thousands of...
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2.6.2018
2:59pm
Incredibly pressurized and heated on far-off alien worlds, water starts doing things that we can barely conceive of back here on Earth. A new series of high-...
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2.6.2018
10:27am
Amid an “unprecedented range and mix of threats,” the United States is planning to refurbish, replace and better target its nuclear triad of intercontinental...
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2.5.2018
2:54pm
Whales and other filter-feeding marine life are ingesting tiny fragments of plastics at an alarming rate – and potentially being poisoned by the toxins within...
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2.5.2018
9:55am
The bones of at least 264 people were uncovered in the 1970s, from within a low mound of pebbles in a church vicarage garden. Further investigation determined...
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2.2.2018
3:03pm
The Nazca Lines are a wondrous mystery -- geoglyphs carved into the Peruvian ground some 2,000 years ago -- covering a swath of 1,000 square kilometers with...
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2.2.2018
10:12am
NASA is most often looking upward, toward far-off planets and stars, and the limits of the human imagination. But their latest published discovery was right in...
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2.1.2018
3:14pm
Influenza in all its strains and mutations is a constant killer, adapting its methods to infect and circumvent the best attempts to predict what’s coming next...
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2.1.2018
10:06am
A long-running lawsuit that seeks to add a cancer warning to coffee based on a natural chemical in the beverage continues to wind its way toward a conclusion...
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1.31.2018
1:13pm
A former University of Pittsburgh professor has filed a whistleblower suit against the school, alleging she experienced retaliation after pushing the...
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1.31.2018
10:08am
Claims that the World Health Organization secretly administered hormonal “birth-control vaccine” amid its anti-tetanus inoculation campaign in Kenya over three...
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1.30.2018
2:57pm
The $5 billion response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was widely criticized, with one panel of experts calling it an “egregious failure.” A new study...
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1.30.2018
10:34am
A new computer simulation shows a pattern produced by interconnected modern-day Babel of the 21st century: as culture spreads, it is increasingly simplified,...
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1.29.2018
3:08pm
Volkswagen, the “Peoples’ Car” founded in Germany in the 1930s, carried out rigged tests of their emissions that caused an international scandal three years...
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1.29.2018
10:06am
Some aspects of sexuality are as simple as the birds and bees. But the complex dance between the brain and the rest of the flesh is only now being understood...
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1.26.2018
3:02pm
Wilder Penfield, a neurosurgeon once called “the greatest living Canadian,” changed lives through some common sense, but experimental, brain surgery in the...
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1.26.2018
9:49am
Humans emerged from our cradle of evolution in Africa, and spread to the corners of the globe. Scientists are pretty sure of those earliest steps – but they’re...
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1.25.2018
2:39pm
The world is becoming a more dangerous place, and it is as close to the metaphorical “end times” as it has been since the advent of nuclear weapons, according...
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1.25.2018
10:18am
Leprosy, a disfiguring scourge in Biblical times, still exists in the 21st century despite the availability of many effective modern treatments. The some 200,...
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1.24.2018
3:03pm
As your eyes move in the direction of stimulus, your eardrums move in sync with them, according to a new study of humans and monkeys. The research could open...
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1.24.2018
9:56am
A new machine-learning tool proposes to comb through PubMed’s database in an effort to combat the “reproducibility crisis” across scientific disciplines. The “...
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1.23.2018
10:33am
The length of time that a patient is put on prescription painkillers, and not the dosage level, is the biggest association with developing misuse problems,...
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1.22.2018
2:49pm
Looking for a new vaccine for smallpox, a virus that has been considered eradicated for decades, a team of scientists used genetic engineering to create a...
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1.22.2018
11:01am
Jeanette Epps, now 47, who was announced as part of the Expedition 56/57 crew last year, would have been the first African American astronaut to join the crew...
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1.19.2018
4:06pm
Meteor hunters are picking up the pieces across Michigan and scientists are reconstructing the dynamics of the space rock that burned up over the Detroit metro...
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1.19.2018
10:03am
Diaminoglyoxime, or DAG, is an extremely powerful high-energy explosive. But one significant drawback is the waste involved, since 60 percent of the possible...
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1.18.2018
3:03pm
In the mid-1970s, a majority of traffic fatalities in America were due to drunk driving. A massive crackdown spearheaded by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving...
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1.18.2018
10:03am
Poison historically used on the tips of arrows in eastern Africa is the basis for a new male contraceptive candidate, according to a new study. The chemical...
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1.17.2018
3:00pm
Chernobyl – the site of the Soviet mishap that was the worst nuclear accident in human history – will soon be producing power again. This time, it will be...
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1.17.2018
10:10am
Mars, now cold and mostly barren, once had a climate that was warmer, wetter and may have had the potential to host life. When this complete reversal of the...
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1.16.2018
3:21pm
A particularly virulent outbreak that devastated huge swaths of Mexico and Guatemala in 1545 was known only at the time as the “cocolitzli” – a Nahuatl word...
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1.16.2018
10:06am
Amid tweetstorms and some international threats, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced weeks ago that it would present a workshop called “...
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1.15.2018
2:52pm
The jet stream of the Atlantic has power over the weather for a significant part of the Northern Hemisphere, but how greatly it varies over long time frames...
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1.15.2018
8:47am
Modern medicine has gotten progressively better at treating heart attacks. But there is a subset of people who can be saved only temporarily, because when...
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1.12.2018
3:02pm
A decade ago, Martian orbiters identified pockets of water ice tucked beneath the surface of the red planet, relatively close to the surface. But they couldn’t...
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1.12.2018
10:16am
More than a year ago, advanced imaging identified a sizable gap within the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The latest measurements of the “Big Void” within the Wonder...
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1.11.2018
2:56pm
The pounds mount for most people during the winter – the slacks or skirts getting just a bit snug around the middle as the cold months draw on. Traditional...
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1.11.2018
9:51am
Even amid unthinkable destruction and loss of life, nature has found a way to fill the roles that make ecosystems continue on. Two prior mass extinctions have...
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1.10.2018
3:16pm
New antibiotics haven’t been developed in decades, even as the rise of superbugs continues. But a team has a new way of filtering through potentially-...
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1.10.2018
10:00am
Ibuprofen is considered one of the safest over-the-counter pain relievers. But the effects of the drug may be causing a testosterone problem called “...
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1.9.2018
2:22pm
Har Khorana, a 20th century titan of science who was awarded the Nobel after showing how DNA formed a blueprint for life, was given a 21st century honor today...
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1.9.2018
9:50am
DNA sequencing and a growing database of threatened and endangered rhino species in Africa has been improving prosecution of poachers, according to a new study...
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1.8.2018
2:30pm
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 35 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes, as of this writing. In that month-plus, Major League Baseball scouts,...
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1.8.2018
10:05am
Two specific lineages of Clostridium difficile rose from the biological stew to become the dominant hospital-acquired infections in the developed world in the...
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1.5.2018
3:21pm
The investigators were trying to find the reason why the face of a 2-year-old girl, mummified these last 450 years, was marked with a noticeable rash.
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1.5.2018
10:30am
Tabby’s Star, a far-off pinpoint of light, was discovered about a decade ago. In the ensuing years, its fluctuations of light caused some ripples of excitement...
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1.4.2018
2:15pm
Alcohol causes cancer, according to a growing number of groups making increasingly stronger claims linking the two. Now, a new study pinpoints a particular...
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1.4.2018
10:02am
The two infants were buried at Upward Sun River in what we now call Alaska some 11,500 years ago. One of the little skeletons, of a baby girl, held DNA for...
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1.3.2018
3:05pm
At the level of minute DNA expression, there is also an epigenetic factor appearing in the blood of those who have attempted suicide, according to a new study...
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1.3.2018
10:14am
The pre-print database for scientists to test the peer review waters was set up in 1991 as a relatively simple electronic bulletin board on a single computer....
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1.2.2018
3:23pm
The warming of the global climate will cause aridification, complete with the expansion of deserts, especially in places like Australia and Africa. But the...
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1.2.2018
10:13am
Cancer is a treacherous insurgent force, invading the body and hijacking natural systems to promote its campaign of destruction. A new study shows tumors can...
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12.29.2017
10:02am
DNA has come a long way since the first genomes were sequenced at the cusp of the 21st century. But a new study of a fruit fly’s complete DNA contends there is...
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12.27.2017
8:51am
At a time when most thoughts are of Santa Claus and the North Pole, NASA is instead looking in the opposite direction: the South Pole.
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12.22.2017
1:32pm
A snake fungal disease that is extremely fatal to multiple reptile species is spreading across the Eastern United States. The disease could spread worldwide,...
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12.22.2017
9:56am
The affluent have more fluid and adaptable smarts, according to a series of controversial sociological studies. A new one seems to confirm the general trend –...
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12.21.2017
3:16pm
Fish may just be “brain food” after all. A growing literature of diet science has linked omega-3 fatty acids in seafood with greater intelligence, as well as...
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12.21.2017
10:03am
The moai of Easter Island, ancient and massive statues carved from volcanic rock, have mystified historians and archaeologists for centuries. It was only...
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12.20.2017
3:21pm
The seven seas, four oceans, and thousands of miles of open water that cover a vast majority of the Earth’s surface are a massive unknown. But now, the Defense...
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12.20.2017
10:08am
Most influenza vaccines are grown in the embryos of chicken eggs, and traditional practice has meant that people who have allergies to eggs could not get the...
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12.19.2017
1:58pm
Belladonna, a toxin also known as deadly nightshade, was an ingredient in homeopathic teething tablets and gels for infants for more than a decade. In 2010,...
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12.19.2017
10:04am
California issued new guidelines to decrease exposure to cell phone radiation. The guidelines are likely to be controversial, since scientific consensus has...
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12.18.2017
2:16pm
A list of seven words are taboo enough that the Trump Administration is attempting to muffle their use at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...
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12.18.2017
10:34am
The parasitic infections were first described by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in reports from thousands of years ago. Now, detailed microscopy has...
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12.15.2017
2:51pm
Hurricane Harvey was historic: setting the rain record for the United States with a whopping 51.89 inches of rain in Harris County, and covering most of...
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12.15.2017
10:11am
The cosmos are so vast the human eye has come to rely on an increasingly diverse toolbox of telescopes and spacecraft and computers to look farther out into...
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12.14.2017
2:17pm
The Indian subcontinent has been the scene of civilization ebb and flow of diverse peoples, cultures and faiths for centuries. Always one of the most populous...
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12.14.2017
10:27am
The Chachapoyas, “Warriors of the Clouds,” were a people that lived in the northern elevations of Peru, and put up a long-running struggle against the Inca...
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12.13.2017
2:40pm
The total eclipse that blocked the sun’s direct light for more than two minutes in a narrow swath across the United States was anticipated to have temporary...
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12.13.2017
9:56am
The Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cenophalus) was a unique creature. Humanity meant its days were numbered, with bounties and overhunting killing off its...
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12.11.2017
2:36pm
Two scientists were found guilty of misconduct in their high-profile paper outlining the dangers of microplastics on fish published in the prestigious journal...
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12.11.2017
9:58am
The paleontological detective work has been in process for 20 years, since a tiny ankle bone matched a tiny outcropping in a deep dark cave in South Africa....
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12.8.2017
9:46am
Studies over the last decade have shown that video games can improve brain plasticity and the volume of gray matter in younger people. Those brain benefits...
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12.7.2017
10:14am
A supermassive black hole, with the staggering mass of 800 million of our suns, is a new discovery described in the latest issue of Nature. The quasar J1342+...
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12.6.2017
3:02pm
The annual flu season kicked off at the end of November, with a surge in cases in parts of the country that could foretell a nasty spread of certain virus...
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12.6.2017
10:10am
A massive study of electronic health data of thousands of British patients spanning decades indicates that blood pressure begins an inexorable decline in the...
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12.5.2017
1:58pm
The Natufian culture emerged from southwest Asia during a time of hardship at the tail end of the last Ice Age, a period when the climate was becoming cooler...
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12.5.2017
9:49am
Moving the carrot, instead of applying the stick, is the way to keep artificial intelligence from seeking its freedom and independence of humans. The findings...
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12.4.2017
3:01pm
The Breakthrough Awards honor scientists deeply embedded in their fields, making discoveries that may have enormous impact on human life. The annual ceremony,...
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12.4.2017
10:07am
The rats that lurk in the parks and sewers of Manhattan are the bane of existence for the millions of humans who live and work on the storied island. But those...
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12.1.2017
3:02pm
The “eureka moment” emerged from the ashes, as archaeologist Alan Sullivan recounts. For years, the survival of the ancient peoples of the Southwest were...
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11.30.2017
2:15pm
In the 19th century, some affluent Europeans held sensational “mummy unwrapping” parties, particularly in England. Scientists and surgeons would manually...
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11.30.2017
9:44am
The supervolcanoes that dot the world’s terrain have erupted intermittently throughout the history of the Earth, causing global-scale destruction. Their world-...
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11.29.2017
2:41pm
The legend of the yeti – the human-like creature walking in the shadows of the world’s highest terrain in Tibet and the Himalayas – is among the oldest tales...
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11.29.2017
10:00am
The largest corporations dealing with research and development, from drugs and biotechnology to energy and electronics, are spending less on creating new...
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11.28.2017
3:09pm
Living bacteria have been on the outer surface of the International Space Station, a Russian cosmonaut has reportedly claimed to Russian state media. NASA...
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11.28.2017
10:01am
A team of scientists, using frozen bubbles in Antarctic ice cores and boron isotopes trapped in ancient microscopic seashells, have determined that carbon...
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11.27.2017
3:16pm
Budweiser has announced it will send thousands of its barley seeds aboard the SpaceX CRS-13 rocket on Dec. 4, with the intention of testing how they grow in...
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11.27.2017
10:37am
The Sugar Association issued a press release last year blasting a study that linked sugar intake to tumors and metastasis. But for 50 years, the industry had...
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11.22.2017
10:30am
In late September, the European atmospheric networks from the south of France north to Germany and Denmark began detecting tiny amounts of a strange...
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11.21.2017
2:02pm
Healthcare and social services through the National Health Service in England were cut beginning in 2010, reducing the numbers of nurses and other resources...
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11.21.2017
9:08am
The aftermath of a nuclear disaster – even those that avoid the worst outcomes – generally focuses on evacuating as many people as quickly as possible away...
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11.20.2017
3:28pm
Whether it’s tiger bones, exotic fishes, or rare plants, international customs officials have a major challenge in preventing illegal sale of poachers’ spoils...
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11.20.2017
10:07am
Less than a month is left until the deadline for bids for operating the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Two major academic institutions are reportedly...
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11.17.2017
3:28pm
The Iberian Peninsula provided a last-stand stronghold of Neanderthal life, according to growing scientific literature. The Ebro River basin provided a natural...
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11.17.2017
10:15am
Security at two campuses of the National Institute of Standards and Technology came under fire last month, when a Government Accountability Office report...
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11.16.2017
1:02pm
An Amish toddler’s head wound in the early 1990s, which bled uncontrollably and nearly killed her, has led decades later to a promising new anti-aging therapy...
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11.16.2017
10:33am
People with O type blood have less risk of heart attacks during times of elevated small-particulate air pollution, according to a new study presented this week...
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11.15.2017
3:03pm
Ten Alzheimer's therapies for potential early interventions are in development. But even if those prove to be viable and effective, the current health-...
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11.15.2017
9:59am
A team of scientists say that an indirect way of measuring the ripples in the very fabric of the universe, by looking at the fluctuations from radio pulses...
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11.14.2017
3:10pm
Roughly half of Americans will have high blood pressure under new American Heart Association guidelines released this week. Even the target 120/80 benchmark...
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11.14.2017
9:47am
Most people have them – the annoying little cells that drift through one’s field of vision. Known commonly as “floaters,” they are pieces of the vitreous...
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11.13.2017
3:08pm
Preclinical research models have failed to provide answers to why stem cell treatments can work high-profile medical miracles, but go so disastrously wrong in...
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11.13.2017
10:01am
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is the latest organization to warn that alcohol consumption causes cancer.
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11.10.2017
2:50pm
Three Dartmouth College psychology professors whose research involved observations on sex and temptation have been accused of sexual misconduct, according to...
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11.10.2017
9:35am
Many scientists live for the thrill of discovery, the fundamental curiosity, and experimenting with different ideas. Formalizing the results into academic...
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11.9.2017
2:30pm
Conventional studies and forecasts have connected climate change and warmer temperatures with more human epidemics. The range of pests and the disease they...
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11.9.2017
10:11am
The prospect of getting around in cities of the future by flying car was a sci-fi trope in movies and TV spanning from The Jetsons and Blade Runner to The...
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11.8.2017
3:02pm
Religious beliefs and faith is linked to intuition – and disappears with people who have more analytical thought, according to a conventional theory that has...
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11.8.2017
10:19am
The Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, popularly known as ISIS, took over swaths of the two Middle Eastern countries beginning in 2014. They spread quickly...
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11.7.2017
3:02pm
The meteorite hit in the Yucatan sometime about 66 million years ago, and the Earth was immediately remade. More than 300 gigatons of sulfur and 400 gigatons...
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11.7.2017
9:31am
The National Climate Assessment, a congressionally-mandated report issued by multiple federal agencies, was released publicly on Friday. Its conclusions were...
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11.6.2017
3:16pm
Homo sapiens, like all of Earth’s species, evolved with a defined set of planetary rules, including the constant pull of gravity downward on the body. It now...
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11.6.2017
9:53am
Digger wasps have evolved an embalming mechanism through licking their prey with hydrocarbons from their postpharyngeal glands, which preserve them for food.
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11.3.2017
3:10pm
Humanity has come to dominate and master much of the global ecosystem – especially in the spread of modern cities. The cities of roads, buildings, rushing cars...
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11.3.2017
10:14am
Influenza remains a global public health threat that cycles around the globe each year, based on seasons and strains. The viral varieties constantly mutate and...
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11.2.2017
2:52pm
A group of “select agents” including anthrax and Ebola used in hundreds of laboratories nationwide are overseen by a namesake program established 1996. But the...
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11.2.2017
10:08am
Natural selection and survival of the fittest varieties of life is a reality on a sometimes-unforgiving planet Earth. The same probably holds true for alien...
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11.1.2017
3:25pm
An Oklahoma Congressman picked to be the next NASA Administrator will be under scrutiny at a nomination hearing Wednesday. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) will...
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10.31.2017
3:06pm
About 200 people died in a tunnel collapse at North Korea’s primary nuclear weapons testing site, according to TV reports in Asia. The ongoing detonations –...
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10.31.2017
1:48pm
Sometimes nature itself can be eerier than anything the human imagination can conjure. NASA is out to prove it again this Halloween, with a newly-curated...
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10.31.2017
9:31am
A public-private partnership involving big-data supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and data sharing aims to push cancer drugs out to consumers faster...
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10.30.2017
2:50pm
The same work crew, same room, and same equipment involved in a plutonium handling mishap at Los Alamos National Laboratory in mid-August had another serious...
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10.30.2017
10:15am
The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in New York City is run by the Department of Homeland Security, and in the post-9/11 era, it has become a hub...
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10.27.2017
2:44pm
Helium, required in experiments for advanced physics where very low temperatures are needed, is a precious commodity. Although it is a byproduct of natural gas...
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10.27.2017
9:23am
Malaria is an unrelenting scourge of the developing world, killing 500,000 people per year, most of them children. Now a group of Swiss scientists say they...
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10.26.2017
3:19pm
For centuries, the human palate was known to have five tastes: salty, sweet, umami, bitter, and sour. A sixth was added two years ago by scientists, who...
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10.26.2017
10:28am
PTSD is a complex web of tangible and intangible damage in the brains of those who have undergone traumatic experiences. Soldiers and veterans are some of the...
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10.25.2017
3:06pm
The hermit kingdom, currently engaged in a kind of nuclear standoff with the international community, has held onto its biological weapons capacities – and...
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10.25.2017
9:52am
Models of a globally changing climate predict that overall flooding in New York City will be worse than ever, and so-called "500-year storm flooding...
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10.24.2017
2:08pm
The science project became a major emblem of “silly” science: the placement of shrimp on a tiny treadmill. Some laughed, others took it as a call to prioritize...
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10.24.2017
10:02am
A young physicist submitted his doctoral thesis 52 years ago this month. The title was “Properties of Expanding Universes,” and its length at 117 pages was...
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10.23.2017
2:21pm
Ten middle school children competed to be named America’s Top Young Scientist. The winner was Gitanjali Rao, a Colorado 11-year-old who presented an...
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10.23.2017
10:45am
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
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
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
10:09am
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
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
9:53am
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
3:01pm
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
10:00am
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
3:08pm
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
3:00pm
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
10:12am
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...