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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:18:00 -0400

The words "strong" and "inspiring" are not usually assigned to garden slugs. But slug slime inspired materials scientists to invent a new kind of adhesive that could one day help heal human wounds.



PHOTOS: Japanese Scientists Turn Chrysanthemums 'True Blue'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:31:00 -0400

The scientists introduced genes from two other flowers that allowed the mums to mimic the chemical process producing blue pigment. This might be applicable to other flowers, like roses and lilies.



Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

High school athletes who tended to focus on one sport were 50 percent more likely to get hurt than those who hadn't specialized. Injuries included ankle sprains, knee tendonitis, and stress fractures.



Hidden Brain: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Food Buying

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A new study shows a connection between cigarette taxes and food stamps. When cigarette taxes go up, smokers end up spending more of their income on cigarettes and that leaves less money for food.



A New Study Shows The Moon's Interior Could Contain Water

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:18:00 -0400

Sick of your crowded neighborhood pool? A new study shows there might be quite a bit of water on a more isolated place — the moon.



Female Athletes Are Closing The Gender Gap When It Comes To Concussions

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:45:00 -0400

Gina "Danger" Mazany is a professional mixed martial arts athlete, and she's helping researchers learn more about head injuries and the female brain.



Researchers Map More Of The Ocean Floor In Search For Missing Plane

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did not turn up a plane, but it did uncover a detailed view of the ocean floor — volcanoes, shipwrecks, and mountains to rival Mount Everest.



Beyond The Nasty Needle: Trying To Make Vaccines More Comfy And Convenient

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:06:00 -0400

From tiny, dissolving needles to high-powered liquid streams and nasal sprays, scientists are developing alternatives to typical vaccinations.



GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:58:00 -0400

There's a push in Congress to rewrite how science gets used in regulation — and that has researchers worried. The industry-backed bill would let business nitpick raw data and ignore valid results.



Elephant Seals Can Recognize Rhythm And Pitch

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:01:00 -0400

A new study reveals that elephant seals memorize the rhythm and pitch of individual voices. That means that the massive sea mammals know who's who, just by the sound of their voice.



Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible To Fake News

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Whether people consume news in a social setting or alone can affect how likely they are to fact-check. Research suggests people let their guard down when they're in groups and become less skeptical.



Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:00:00 -0400

According to research, between 10 and 40% of kids who intend to go to college at high school graduation don't show up in the fall. This phenomenon, known as "summer melt," has puzzled universities.



More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:47:00 -0400

Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.



Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 02:05:17 -0400

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and have many stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.



There's An Amazing New Drug For Multiple Sclerosis. Should I Try It?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:25:00 -0400

The innovative drug Ocrevus looks as if it could be a game-changer for people with MS. But it's very, very expensive. And as with any new medication, the long-term safety risks are unknown.