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

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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:41:00 -0500

In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.

What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:19:00 -0500

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

Archaeologists Unearth Pendant That May Be Linked To Anne Frank

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:56:00 -0500

Archaeologists say that they know of only one other pendant similar to the unique charm buried at the site of a Nazi death camp in Poland — and it belonged to Anne Frank.

Researchers Unravel Strange And Contradictory Feelings About Power

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500

It's inauguration season in Washington, D.C. Many of us revel in the pomp and circumstance — yet we have another side to our psychology that enjoys seeing the powerful fall from grace.

When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:42:00 -0500

If your mom had to run through the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.

Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:50:00 -0500

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.

Scientists Have Twisted Molecules Into The Tightest Knot Ever

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:06:00 -0500

This new knot has eight crossings, far more than previous molecular knots. The "rope" is very short — just 192 atoms long, or 500 times smaller than a red blood cell.

New Gene-Editing Techniques Hold the Promise Of Altering The Fundamentals Of Life

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:28:00 -0500

New Yorker writer Michael Specter discusses emerging biotechnologies that will make it possible to remove disease and change the characteristics of life by rewriting the genetic code in cells.

Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:02:00 -0500

Killer whales are one of only three species known to have menopause. Researchers are looking at the conflict and cooperation between older and younger female whales to understand why.

The Curious Case Of The Hyolith, An Ancient 'Ice Cream Cone' That's Found A Home

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:08 -0500

The creature, which roamed ocean floors over 500 million years ago, went years without a definitive scientific classification. Now, researchers think the oddball finally has a group to call its own.

Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A new analysis of U.S. health insurance claims is worrisome, pediatricians say: More and more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Walking In America Remains Dangerous — Especially In Florida

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:12:00 -0500

Those who can least afford to get hurt often live in the most dangerous places to walk. A study sees a link between the hazards and median household income and whether people have health insurance.

52 Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Fossils Rewrite Veggie History

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:52:00 -0500

Potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers belong to the nightshade family. Newly discovered fossils in Patagonia suggest that family started much earlier than believed, perhaps when dinosaurs roamed.