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New advances in science, medicine, health, and technology.Stem cell research, drug research, and new treatments for disease.

Last Build Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

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Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

Shellfish Surprise: Common 'Herbivore' Dinosaur Found To Snack On Crustaceans

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:02:00 -0400

"I immediately said, 'Oh, no, no, it can't be crustaceans.' That was my knee jerk reaction," a paleontologist said. The prehistoric snacking was likely intentional and linked to mating behaviors.

Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

South Carolina researchers have drawn a connection between low-income students' poor performance on math tests and the time of month when their families run low on food stamps.

Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:16:00 -0400

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.

University Studied How Men With Shaved Heads Are Perceived

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:55:00 -0400

A study from the University of Pennsylvania examines how people view men with shaved heads. Turns out, people see men with shaved heads as more dominant than guys with thinning hair or thick hair.

Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Is it OK to take antidepressants or anxiety medicine during pregnancy? Recent research suggests women who need treatment can take these drugs. Doctors recommend the lowest effective dose.

Tackle Negative Thinking Head-On To Boost Diversity In Biomedicine

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:09:27 -0400

One California university is trying a new strategy to help minority students perform better in STEM classes and develop the mental resilience to face future challenges.

Ig Nobels Awarded For Research Into Big Ears, Feline Fluidity

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:55:00 -0400

The annual awards for research "that makes you laugh, then think" also singled out scientists who determined that having contact with a crocodile influences a person's willingness to gamble.

Good News For Snow Leopards, Bad News For Ash Trees

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:12:43 -0400

Snow leopards are no longer on the verge of extinction, a new assessment found. However, the situation is looking dire for five species of ash trees, now listed as "critically endangered."

Efforts To Prevent Misuse Of Biomedical Research Fall Short

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:04:00 -0400

The National Academies of Sciences says not enough has been done to keep legitimate research on pathogens and toxins from being misappropriated and turned into biological weapons.

If You Think Everyone Else Has More Friends, You're Not Alone

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:25:00 -0400

Many first-year college students think their peers have more friends than they do, a study finds. But that can actually help motivate students to make new connections.

Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Researchers set out to answer this question: Is there a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Turns out, that's a hard question to answer. The advice remains: Don't risk it.

R&D Costs For Cancer Drugs Are Likely Much Less Than Industry Claims, Study Finds

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:10:00 -0400

Industry says it costs about $2.7 billion to bring a cancer drug to market. But oncologists who ran the numbers put the average closer to $650 million. Drugs are priced way too high, the doctors say.

So Your Kitchen Sponge Is A Bacteria Hotbed. Here's What To Do

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 04:53:00 -0400

For the first time, scientists have carefully analyzed all the critters in a kitchen sponge. There turns out to be a huge number. Despite recent news reports, there is something you can do about it.

Drug For 'Neglected' Chagas Disease Gains FDA Approval Amid Price Worries

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

U.S. doctors treating Chagas disease have long wanted FDA approval for a treatment that's widely used in Latin America. But when Martin Shkreli took interest, those doctors panicked — then mobilized.