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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Loftus: How Can Our Memories Be Manipulated?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:21:00 -0400

Years of research have taught Elizabeth Loftus just how unreliable our memories are. From tweaking a real memory to planting a completely fabricated one, tampering with our minds is surprisingly easy.

The Mechanics Behind Yellowstone's Old Faithful

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:08:00 -0400

The Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park blows water approximately ever 90 minutes. The the mechanics behind this beautiful mystery have been revealed this week in a new study.

FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:43:00 -0400

After many setbacks for genetic therapies, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the first gene treatment for an inherited form of blindness.

Tiny, Transparent Worm Challenges Notions About Sex

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Scientists have found a group of worms that haven't reproduced sexually for 18 million years. Normally that would be a recipe for quick extinction, but these little guys seem none the worse for wear.

Health Conditions That Increase Stroke Risk Rise Across All Ages, Races

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0400

Smoking, drug abuse and diabetes are all modifiable risk factors for stroke. Yet a large study of patients hospitalized for stroke suggests the number of people with these risk factors is rising.

Researchers Explore Pornography's Effect On Long-Term Relationships

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Married men and women who use pornography are more likely to get divorced than men and women who do not, researchers say. Porn is a driver in making relationships worse, increasing the divorce risk.

Neanderthal Genes Help Shape How Many Modern Humans Look

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:31:00 -0400

Calling someone a Neanderthal because of his coarse manners or brutish looks may seem like fun. But be careful. Neanderthal DNA persists inside many of us.

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Researchers Who Improved 'Imaging Of Biomolecules'

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:47:00 -0400

They were honored for developing a new way to generate 3-D images of biological molecules. Researchers are using the technique to study everything from the Zika virus to Alzheimer's disease.

Parents Lobby States To Expand Newborn Screening Test For Rare Brain Disorder

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:02:00 -0400

There's a genetic test for ALD, the inherited disorder portrayed in the movie Lorenzo's Oil, and the federal government recommends it for all newborns. But only a handful of states offer it routinely.