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The U.S. Can't Really Know If Farmers Are Cutting Back On Antibiotics, GAO Says

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:20:00 -0400

New FDA rules limit how farmers can give antibiotics to animals raised for meat. But a Government Accountability Office report says the FDA doesn't collect the data to know if that policy is working.



Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.



Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:54:00 -0400

When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.



Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:35:00 -0400

They competed in the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. We got to know the team that worked on a water purifier using neem leaves and ... cilantro.



How The 'Scarcity Mindset' Can Make Problems Worse

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Researchers had a hypothesis that when you really want something, you start to focus on it obsessively. It produces a kind of tunnel vision and creates problems for thinking in the long-term.



The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason, two economists say.



Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Research hasn't yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.



Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:35:00 -0400

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.



Powdered Vaccine Raises Hopes Of Stopping A Top Killer Of Kids

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:05:00 -0400

It's aimed at rotavirus, a nasty pathogen that can cause diarrhea and kills more than 500 children a day. The secret to the vaccine is the same thing that makes space ice cream so cool.



A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:01:00 -0400

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.



Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:09:00 -0400

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.



You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:34:14 -0400

A new survey shows widespread misconceptions and unfounded confidence about learning.



Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:50:00 -0400

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.



Who Has The Healthiest Hearts In The World?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:02:00 -0400

Move over Japanese women. You've been dethroned as the population with the healthiest hearts. This group of people can fight off heart disease even into their 80s. What's their secret?



Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:01:14 -0400

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.