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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:41:00 -0500In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:19:00 -0500Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why but say the answer could have health implications for patients.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:56:00 -0500Archaeologists say that they know of only one other pendant similar to the unique charm buried at the site of a Nazi death camp in Poland — and it belonged to Anne Frank.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500It's inauguration season in Washington, D.C. Many of us revel in the pomp and circumstance — yet we have another side to our psychology that enjoys seeing the powerful fall from grace.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:42:00 -0500If your mom had to run through the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:50:00 -0500The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:06:00 -0500This new knot has eight crossings, far more than previous molecular knots. The "rope" is very short — just 192 atoms long, or 500 times smaller than a red blood cell.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:28:00 -0500New Yorker writer Michael Specter discusses emerging biotechnologies that will make it possible to remove disease and change the characteristics of life by rewriting the genetic code in cells.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:02:00 -0500Killer whales are one of only three species known to have menopause. Researchers are looking at the conflict and cooperation between older and younger female whales to understand why.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:08 -0500The creature, which roamed ocean floors over 500 million years ago, went years without a definitive scientific classification. Now, researchers think the oddball finally has a group to call its own.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500A new analysis of U.S. health insurance claims is worrisome, pediatricians say: More and more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:12:00 -0500Those who can least afford to get hurt often live in the most dangerous places to walk. A study sees a link between the hazards and median household income and whether people have health insurance.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:52:00 -0500Potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers belong to the nightshade family. Newly discovered fossils in Patagonia suggest that family started much earlier than believed, perhaps when dinosaurs roamed.