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Neanderthal Genes Help Shape How Many Modern Humans Look

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:31am

Calling someone a Neanderthal because of his coarse manners or brutish looks may seem like fun. But be careful. Neanderthal DNA persists inside many of us.

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Classifying Attacks: Mental Illness Or Terrorism?

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:02am

New research explores our tendency to label mass shooters as either mentally ill or as terrorists, based on whether they are Muslim or not.

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Researchers Who Improved 'Imaging Of Biomolecules'

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 3:47pm

They were honored for developing a new way to generate 3-D images of biological molecules. Researchers are using the technique to study everything from the Zika virus to Alzheimer's disease.

Parents Lobby States To Expand Newborn Screening Test For Rare Brain Disorder

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 2:02pm

There's a genetic test for ALD, the inherited disorder portrayed in the movie Lorenzo's Oil, and the federal government recommends it for all newborns. But only a handful of states offer it routinely.

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Sheer Number Of Casualties Makes Las Vegas Count Difficult

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 1:37pm

Doctors and emergency officials are still trying to figure out exactly how many people were shot in Las Vegas. The wide range of injuries and the sheer number of people injured are challenges.

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Would Aliens Look Like Us?

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:20am

Though natural selection might have sculpted a well-adapted species on another planet, they wouldn't look like us, says guest blogger Jonathan Losos.

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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Honors Views Of Human Cells Working At The Atomic Level

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:58am

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson worked to develop cryo-electron microscopy, which the Royal Swedish Academy says "both simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules."

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Chemistry Nobel Prize Awarded For Advances In Cell Imaging

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:01am

The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to researchers Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work to develop cryo-electron microscopy.

Brain's Link To Immune System Might Help Explain Alzheimer's

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:55pm

For centuries, scientists thought the human brain had no direct connection to the body's immune system. Now researchers seem to have found one, and say it may offer clues to multiple sclerosis, too.

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Nobel Prize Came Quickly For 3 Physicists Who Discovered Gravitational Waves

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:50pm

Three scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of gravitational waves. These ripples in space and time are generated when really big things, like black holes, collide.

Nobel Winners' Work In Physics Began With Albert Einstein

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:35am

Three scientists won the prize after a 25-year-long search of the cosmos for gravitational waves — the waving of space — the one test missing for Einstein, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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2017 Physics Nobel Prize Honors Work On Gravitational Waves; Win For U.S. Team

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:59am

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics is being split between three physicists who are part of the LIGO Collaboration that detected gravitational waves for the first time in 2015.

2017 Nobel Prize In Physics

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:00am

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics will be announced on Tuesday. The smart money is on Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barrish for the detection of gravitation waves, but that's certainly not a given.

Can A Child Be Raised Free Of Gender Stereotypes? This Family Tried

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 8:00pm

When Jessica and Royce James learned that they were going to have a daughter, they decided to raise her in as gender-neutral a way as possible. It was harder than they could have imagined.

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3 Americans Win Nobel In Medicine For Circadian Rhythm Research

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 3:51pm

The work of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young solved the mystery of how our bodies' inner clocks anticipate fluctuations between night and day to optimize behavior and physiology.

How Messing With Our Body Clocks Can Raise Alarms With Health

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:31am

The scientists honored with a Nobel Prize in medicine helped discover that every cell in the body has its own clock. When we ignore those clocks, we increase the risk of weight gain and diabetes.

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When Children Begin To Lie, There's Actually A Positive Takeaway

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 9:11am

Children's initial, funny, sometimes troubling, and always-sloppy lies are signs that they have discovered something important about how other people's minds work, says guest blogger Marjorie Rhodes.

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The Taming Of The Brew: How Sour Beer Is Driving A Microbial Gold Rush

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 9:03am

As the popularity of sour beers burgeons in America, scientists are going back to the drawing board in a quest to discover the perfect mix of new brewing microbes.

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For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 8:01am

Children and teens with severe anxiety benefit most from both psychotherapy and medication, a study finds. But it can be hard for families to find and pay for high-quality therapy.

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Nobel Prize In Medicine Is Awarded To 3 Americans For Work On Circadian Rhythm

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 4:39am

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries about how internal clocks govern human biology.

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