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A New Era For Astronomy Has Begun

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:02:00 -0400

Astronomy is forever changed by the viewing of the collision of neutron stars; we can now watch these processes in many different ways as they run their course, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Computer Learns To Play Go At Superhuman Levels 'Without Human Knowledge'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:52:00 -0400

Researchers say they have constructed an AI program that can teach itself to play the ancient strategy game at a level far beyond humans.

Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:49:00 -0400

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:35:00 -0400

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

Where Do We Come From?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Look in a microscope to find out.

Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:04:00 -0400

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:58:00 -0400

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

Nostalgia Isn't Just A Fixation On The Past - It Can Be About The Future, Too

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:00:15 -0400

Is nostalgia an emotion that's bitter, or sweet? Psychologist Clay Routledge explains what causes us to feel nostalgic and how nostalgia affects us.

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:04:00 -0400

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska's Microgrids For A Better Way

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:04:00 -0400

Alaska is a leader in microgrids since its remote communities have had to power themselves for decades.

Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:56:00 -0400

What does a "normal" brain look like? Something a lot different when researchers make sure that study participants reflect the race, education and income levels of the U.S. at large.

Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:01:00 -0400

In an astonishing discovery, astronomers used gravitational waves to locate two neutron stars smashing together. The collision created 200 Earth masses of pure gold, along with other elements.

Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.

'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:02:04 -0400

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.