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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:51:00 -0500

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:28:00 -0500

This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.

That Smells Like ... Um, I Can't Think Of A Word For It!

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:25:00 -0500

A new study looks at the way we identify smells. English speakers kind of stink at it. But that's not the case in every language.

Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:44:00 -0500

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

2017 Among Warmest Years On Record

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500

The planet's global surface temperature last year was the second warmest since 1880, NASA says. Scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.

Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:01:00 -0500

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:26:00 -0500

Mathilde Krim, who died this week, was a vocal pioneer in HIV treatment and research at a time when discrimination against people with AIDS in the U.S. was rampant, even in medical care.

Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:51:22 -0500

Over a three-week span in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. The animals would be grazing normally, then dead in three hours. A new study points to heat and humidity.

Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

A federally funded experimental program is partnering with a Latino grocery chain to reward people who use their food stamps to put more fresh produce on their tables.

Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:01:21 -0500

The 16th century epidemic, likely set off or exacerbated by European invaders, was one of the most deadly in human history. New evidence traces it to a type of salmonella that causes a deadly fever.

Helping Strangers May Help Teens' Self-Esteem

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:01:00 -0500

Adolescents are under more pressure than ever, and many suffer from depression and anxiety. But new research suggests that volunteering to help strangers makes them feel better about themselves.

Thick, 'Rather Clean' Ice Sheets Are Spotted On Mars

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:05:00 -0500

The size and accessibility of these ice sheets, as well as the fact that they're made of relatively clean water, could be an important resource for astronauts traveling to Mars.

Alcohol-Related ER Visits Soar, Especially Among Women

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

The nine-year period ending in 2014 saw a sharp increase in the U.S. of alcohol-related visits to emergency rooms, a study finds. And binge drinking doesn't completely explain it.

Climate Change Means 'Virtually No Male Turtles' Born In A Key Nesting Ground

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:47:23 -0500

Like many reptiles, the sex of a turtle is determined by how warm the egg is as it's being incubated. And small temperature differences can cause dramatic changes in the male-to-female ratio.

A Scientist's Gender Can Skew Research Results

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:10:00 -0500

If a female researcher asks a man if he's in pain, he's less likely to admit it. The effect of gender on study results has been known for years. But it's rarely disclosed or discussed.