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New advances in science, medicine, health, and technology.Stem cell research, drug research, and new treatments for disease.

Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:01:00 -0500

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Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:01:00 -0500

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."

Adding A Funny Form Of Carbon To Silly Putty Creates A Heart Monitor

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:36:00 -0500

Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.

A Mummy's DNA May Help Solve The Mystery Of The Origins Of Smallpox

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:24:00 -0500

Scientists have found the oldest complete set of smallpox genes in a sample of skin from a mummified child in a crypt underneath a Lithuanian church.

Baby Dinosaur's 99 Million-Year-Old Tail, Encased In Amber, Surfaces In Myanmar

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:08:00 -0500

Millions of years ago, a dinosaur about the size of a sparrow had a bad day. It got stuck in tree resin. Paleontologists recently came across the rare amber fossil containing its tail in Myanmar.

Giraffe Now Listed As 'Vulnerable' To Extinction As Population Plummets

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:57:00 -0500

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years and could face extinction if the trend is not reversed.

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:02:00 -0500

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.

Drivers Beware: Crash Rate Spikes With Every Hour Of Lost Sleep

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500

An analysis of car accidents found that drivers who slept only five or six hours in the previous 24 had nearly twice the accident rate of drivers who slept a full seven hours or more.

Researchers Confident Mysterious Pair Of Mummified Knees Belonged To Queen Nefertari

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:00 -0500

Italian archaeologists found a pair of mummified knees in Nefertari's tomb in 1904. For the first time, tests indicate that the knees belonged to the great queen herself.

Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:41:00 -0500

A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 could be a gold mine for its inventors, but it's not clear who owns the idea. U.S. patent judges will soon hear oral arguments to decide the issue.

After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:50:00 -0500

Recent scientific advances have offered some hopes of recovery to Florida's citrus industry, which has been declining over two decades due to a horrible bacterial disease called citrus greening.

Zap! Magnet Study Offers Fresh Insights Into How Memory Works

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:19:00 -0500

A magnetic pulse to a certain spot in the brain of healthy volunteers restored recently "forgotten" thoughts, researchers found. The study is shifting the understanding of short-term recall.

Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:36:00 -0500

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:04:00 -0500

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

Antarctic Beetle Species Discovery Doubles As Birthday Gift To Scientists' Mentor

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:05:00 -0500

Ball's Antarctic Tundra Beetle was small and brown, and it has been extinct for millions of years. The scientists who discovered it named it in honor of another beetle scientist's 90th birthday.

Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don't Know

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:18:00 -0500

Despite assumptions that peanut and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don't know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy.