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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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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:00:20 -0500

Their first epiphanies came during musings over beer, and evolved into a decade of teamwork. Two Harvard researchers explain why they think Alzheimer's disease may be traced to an immunity glitch.

Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:01:19 -0500

Overall, this season's vaccine is about 36 percent effective in blunting or preventing flu, health officials say. That's better than earlier predictions, and good enough to prevent flu in thousands.

Borneo Has Lost 100,000 Orangutans Since 1999

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:03:00 -0500

That's more than the number of the critically endangered species remaining. The orangutans have been hit hard by deforestation and hunting. The animals are native to the island.

WATCH: Ants Act As Medics, Treat Wounds Of Injured Nest-Mates

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:11:00 -0500

A new study, published on Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, describes how specific individuals in Matabele ant colonies will clean the wounds of injured ants.

Super Sensitive Sensor Sees What You Can't

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:08:00 -0500

Engineers at Dartmouth College have developed a computer chip that can detect a single particle of light. Cameras with the chip would have visual abilities even a superhero would envy.

What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops And Climate Change

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:01:25 -0500

When canola seedpods shatter prematurely, farmers can lose a lot of their crop. Scientists have now figured out how this happens, and it has implications for similar crops facing global warming.

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:03:00 -0500

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

Major Neurological Conditions Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:34:00 -0500

Understanding the molecular basis of major disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could help in developing better treatments.

Risky Antipsychotic Drugs Still Overprescribed In Nursing Homes

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:51:00 -0500

Too many people with dementia are being given sedating drugs to make them easier to handle in understaffed facilities, a new study finds, despite federal warnings to stop the practice.

Fossils In Amber May Provide Link Between Ancient Arachnids And Modern Spiders

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:46:00 -0500

Two teams of researchers are studying tailed spiders captured and preserved about 100 million years ago, which could provide evidence of the species' evolution.

Lethal Pneumonia Outbreak Caused By Low Chlorine In Flint Water

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0500

Two new studies confirm that an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease in Flint, Mich., was caused by the city's water crisis in 2014 and 2015.

Prominent Ivory Trade Investigator Found Stabbed To Death In Kenya

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:51:17 -0500

Esmond Bradley Martin's innovative work as a conservationist and investigator made him one of the global authorities on elephant and rhino poaching. He was found at home with stab wounds to his neck.

Eating Leafy Greens Each Day Tied to Sharper Memory, Slower Decline

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500

Scientists are keen to figure out how diet influences aging, including brain health. A 5-year study of healthy seniors found those who ate a serving or two of daily greens had less cognitive decline.

Making Space Food With Space Poop

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:33:52 -0500

One of the difficult aspects of getting humans to Mars is the need to bring food. Researchers are experimenting with a way to make edible "microbial goo" with help from human waste.