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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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After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:50:00 -0500

Recent scientific advances have offered some hopes of recovery to Florida's citrus industry, which has been declining over two decades due to a horrible bacterial disease called citrus greening.

Zap! Magnet Study Offers Fresh Insights Into How Memory Works

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:19:00 -0500

A magnetic pulse to a certain spot in the brain of healthy volunteers restored recently "forgotten" thoughts, researchers found. The study is shifting the understanding of short-term recall.

Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:36:00 -0500

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:04:00 -0500

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

Antarctic Beetle Species Discovery Doubles As Birthday Gift To Scientists' Mentor

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:05:00 -0500

Ball's Antarctic Tundra Beetle was small and brown, and it has been extinct for millions of years. The scientists who discovered it named it in honor of another beetle scientist's 90th birthday.

Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don't Know

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:18:00 -0500

Despite assumptions that peanut and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don't know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy.

Glowing Human Cells May Shed Light On Sickness And Health

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:08:00 -0500

Researchers who developed a collection of human stem cells with glowing internal structures have begun sharing them with colleagues. The glow reveals the secret workings of cells.

What Food Stamps And Drunk Driving Stats Have To Do With Each Other

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:07:00 -0500

Researchers have discovered that there are fewer drunk driving fatalities on days of the month when millions of Americans receive food stamps. Figures show the deaths go down significantly.

Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:09:00 -0500

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:04:00 -0500

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.

Kale Is About To Have An Identity Crisis

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:55:00 -0500

To develop a new variety of kale tailored to American palates, plant researchers are surveying consumer attitudes on the leafy green. The takeaway so far? "Be less like kale."

Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:03:00 -0500

Our canine pals remember lots of facts, like where to find the food bowl. Now there's evidence they also have aspects of "episodic memory," which allow them to relive experiences and events.

Senior Citizens Study: How Money Makes For Better Brain Functioning

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:06:00 -0500

Research indicates that people who got more in social security payments — as a result of a congressional formula glitch in the 1970s — appear to have lower risks of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:31:00 -0500

The asteroid smashed into Earth. And from miles under the Earth's surface, rock hurtled upward to a height twice that of Mount Everest and then collapsed outward to form a ring of mountains.

When The Kids Go Vegan, It Can Be A Recipe For A Stressful Holiday Meal

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:03:00 -0500

For parents with kids on special diets, be it vegan, paleo or gluten-free, holidays can mean more anxiety than fun. The solution lies in working together with their children to plan the perfect meal.