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Dec 12, 2017

Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs
The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

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Dec 12, 2017

Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say
Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

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Dec 11, 2017

Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a 'second homeland.'

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Dec 11, 2017

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?
Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.

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Dec 08, 2017

In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year
Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.

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Dec 08, 2017

Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing 'Salt And Vinegar' Chip Flavor
Alas, you wouldn't want to eat this native of Western Australia — Spinifex grasses are often so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful.

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Dec 08, 2017

Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too
It used to be caused juvenile diabetes because the thought was it only started in childhood. But adults are as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. No knowing that can delay treatment.

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Dec 07, 2017

Researchers Look For Gun Violence Clues In Google Searches And Background Checks
After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., there was a spike in gun sales. A study examined the spike and links increased gun exposure to more accidental firearm deaths.

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Dec 06, 2017

Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk
The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.

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Dec 06, 2017

Evaluating Smoking Bans
A new study indicates that smoking bans, which were designed to affect adults' behavior, in fact improve children's health.

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Dec 04, 2017

Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet
Dozens of countries have government-recommended diets. That advice differs from country to country, but according to a new study, following it generally would help the environment.

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Dec 04, 2017

Peregrine Falcons Attack Like Missiles To Grab Prey Midair, Scientists Find
The same guidance principle that governs how missiles intercept moving targets also describes how the falcons, which are known to dive at 200 mph or more, plummet to catch their prey.

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Dec 04, 2017

New Drugs Could Prevent Migraine Headaches For Some People
The first drugs designed specifically to prevent migraines have been found safe and effective in studies, but aren't yet FDA approved. Both drugs work by tweaking a brain system involved in pain.

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Dec 01, 2017

A Tax That Would Hurt Science's Most Valuable — And Vulnerable
Grad students are the engines of America's scientific and technological prowess — with an amazing return on investment, says professor Adam Frank.

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Dec 01, 2017

How Birth Order Relates To Job Success
New social science research explores the relationship between who becomes a CEO and family birth order. First-born sons are far more likely to be represented among the ranks of CEOs.

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Dec 01, 2017

The Genetic Divide Between NYC's Uptown And Downtown Rats
Fordham University graduate student Matthew Combs studies the DNA of New York City's rats. He found that rats living uptown are genetically distinct from rats living downtown.

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Nov 30, 2017

Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China
The fossilized pterosaur eggs and embryos shed light on the Lower Cretaceous creature's development and nesting habits. The cache was found where the reptile was once abundant, dubbed Pterosaur Eden.

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Nov 30, 2017

Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage
Behavioral care is four times more likely to be out-of-network than medical or surgical care, a nationwide study shows. That can make treatment unaffordable even for people who have health insurance.

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Nov 30, 2017

Women's Role In The European Agricultural Revolution Revealed
Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe. These women's upper bodies were stronger than that of elite athletes today.

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Nov 29, 2017

Scientists Move A Step Closer To Making Synthetic Life
Bacteria engineered with an expanded genetic alphabet can produce novel proteins, which could lead to the development of new drugs.

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Nov 29, 2017

Scientists Train Bacteria To Build Unnatural Proteins
Bacteria engineered with an expanded genetic alphabet can produce novel proteins, which could lead to the development of new drugs.

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Nov 29, 2017

Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases
After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

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Nov 28, 2017

Robot Muscles Inspired By Origami Lift 1000 Times Their Weight
The delicate art of paper folding is playing a crucial role in designing robotic artificial muscles that are startlingly strong. The design uses a soft material and could be safer around humans.

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Nov 28, 2017

Testosterone May Help Protect Men From Asthma
Women are more likely to have asthma than men. One possible reason? Testosterone could block a protein that helps spark an asthma attack, a study finds, while estrogen may not.

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Nov 24, 2017

NASA Taps Young People To Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology
Scientists at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center are hoping to use virtual reality technology to study space, and Earth, without leaving their offices. Talented high school students are helping.

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Nov 23, 2017

Human Brains Have Evolved Unique 'Feel-Good' Circuits
A comparison of brain tissue from monkeys, chimps and humans suggests that our brains produce the chemical messenger dopamine, which plays a major role in pleasure and rewards, far differently.

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Nov 22, 2017

Earth Increasingly Looks Lit-Up At Night
Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

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Nov 22, 2017

Earth Is Lit, And That's A Problem
Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

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Nov 21, 2017

Sugar Industry Shifted Blame For Heart Disease Onto Fats In The '60s
A new report out today reveals documents showing how the sugar industry influenced scientific research in the 1960s in a way that deflected concerns about the impact of sugar on health.

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Nov 21, 2017

What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us
The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

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Nov 20, 2017

Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question
U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than than sham surgery in their randomized test.

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Nov 20, 2017

Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity
When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.

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Nov 17, 2017

Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia
Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

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