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Can We Turn Down The Emotion On Traumatic Memories?
New research shows just how pliable memory is if you know which regions of the hippocampus to stimulate. The discovery could someday lead to personalized treatment for people haunted by particularly troubling memories. What if scientists could manipu
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Molecular ‘Cage’ Can Trap Salt To Clean Drinking Water
A powerful new molecule that extracts salt from liquid has the potential to help increase the amount of drinkable water on Earth, report researchers. As reported in Science, researchers designed the molecule to capture chloride, which forms when the
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Permafrost Melt Is Transforming The Arctic Landscape
Rapid changes in terrain are taking place in Canada’s high Arctic polar deserts due to increases in summer air temperatures. A new study presents close to 30 years of aerial surveys and extensive ground mapping of the Eureka Sound Lowlands area of El
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Algorithm Lets Robots Make Faster Sense Of Our Chaotic World
Researchers have developed an algorithm that lets machines perceive their environments orders of magnitude faster than previous similar approaches. The new work takes a step toward home-helper robots that can quickly navigate unpredictable and disord
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Gene Target Could Lead To Treatment For Down Syndrome
Targeting a key gene before birth could someday help lead to a treatment for Down syndrome by reversing abnormal embryonic brain development and improving cognitive function after birth, according to a new study. Using stem cells that can turn into o
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How Rapamycin’s Anti-aging Effects Work
New research digs into exactly how the anti-aging effects of the drug rapamycin work, which potentially expands uses for the drug. In 1972, Easter Island, called Rapa Nui, famous for its moai statues, offered a new wonder: the discovery of rapamycin.
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Quality Preschool Benefits Multiple Generations
Early childhood education programs can benefit life outcomes in ways that span generations, new research shows. As reported in a pair of companion papers, the children of children who participated in a landmark 1960s study saw improvements in educati
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Gene Discovery Could Boost Corn’s Nutrition
A new discovery could improve the nutritional value and crop yields of corn, report researchers. The research could benefit millions of people who rely on corn for nutrition in South America, Africa, and elsewhere. The world’s corn supply depends on
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Marijuana Increases Odds Of Couples Feeling Intimate
For couples who frequently use the drug, episodes of marijuana use increase the likelihood couples will experience “intimacy events,” according to new research. The study’s definition of intimacy events included love, caring, and support. “We found r
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Mapping Global Phytoplankton Yields A Surprise
Researchers have charted the distribution of phytoplankton in the world’s oceans for the first time and investigated the environmental factors that explain it. They conclude that plankton diversity is only partially congruent with previous theories o
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Doctors Order Fewer Cancer Screenings After 5 P.m.
When patients see doctors late in the day, the rate of orders for cancer screenings declines significantly compared to that of earlier appointments, according to a new study. Researchers point to “decision fatigue”—which results from the cumulative b
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Glassy Beads On Hiroshima Beaches Came From Nuclear Blast
Minuscule glassy beads formed from debris of the atomic bomb blast that devastated Hiroshima nearly 75 years ago litter nearby beaches, according to a new study. The beads, which no one seems to have noticed until now, apparently formed in the atomic
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Exercise Helps Teens Get A Better Night’s Sleep
Getting more exercise or spending more time sedentary—even for just one day—can change a teenager’s sleep, a new study shows. In a one-week, micro-longitudinal study, researchers found that when teens got more physical activity than they usually did,
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These Medicinal Plants Put Brakes On Cancer Growth
The leaves of a variety of medicinal plants can stop the growth of breast, cervical, colon, leukemia, liver, ovarian, and uterine cancer, a new study shows. Researchers found the effects in leaves of the bandicoot berry (Leea indica), South African l
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Brain Circuits Link Our Learning And Decision-making
New research sheds light on how specific circuits in the brain can simultaneously make decisions and learn from their outcomes. Consider eating brunch at your favorite restaurant: How do you know whether the eggs benedict will be a better choice than
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Three Ways To Spot Dodgy Nutrition Advice
Misguided nutrition advice can be more than ineffective: It can be dangerous. Over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room because of supplements each year, and a quarter of those cases are due to weight-loss related supplements. So how can you st
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Homeschooling Kids Isn’t Bad For Their Health
Years of homeschooling don’t appear to influence the general health of children, according to a new report. The report puts forth evidence that the amount of time a student spends in homeschool is “weakly or not at all related to multiple aspects of
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Ancient Ash Is Likely Behind Odd Mineral Deposit On Mars
Ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions is the likely source of a strange mineral deposit near the landing site for NASA’s next Mars rover, a new study finds. The research could help scientists assemble a timeline of volcanic activity and environmen
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Switch 1 Greenhouse Gas For Another To Fight Climate Change?
New research outlines a seemingly counterintuitive solution to climate change: converting one greenhouse gas into another. The relatively simple process could help turn the tide of climate change while also turning a healthy profit. The study describ
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Why Crop Yields Aren’t The Right Fix For Global Hunger
Too much of the work to end global hunger focuses on increasing crop yields, researchers argue. Members of the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative reviewed recent academic papers that discuss the United Nations goal of ending
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Moms With Multiple Jobs Have Higher Depression Risk
New research finds a link between working multiple jobs and a 3-4 percentage points increase in the probability of depression among a sample of low-income working moms. The association is strongest for those mothers who work more than one job and hav
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Masculinity Class For Boys Could Prevent Violence
Teaching teen boys about positive expressions of masculinity could combat violence against women and girls, research shows. The findings suggest an intervention for middle school boys improved attitudes related to the use of coercion and violence in
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Skipping Pills? Doctors Should Ask About Med Habits
A simple question at the doctor’s office could help people with medication adherence, a new study shows. A visit to the doctor’s office typically begins with a series of questions, including one about medications. New research recommends doctors ask
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Without ‘Roadblocks’, Diabetic Mice Get More Insulin-making Cells
Researchers have discovered a new way to get the mouse pancreas to make more insulin-producing beta cells. By the time someone gets a diagnosis of diabetes—in either of its forms—the insulin-making factory inside their body has ground to a halt, or a
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Estrogen Receptor Could Offer Shield From Obesity
An estrogen-activated protein inside cells appears to offer protection against obesity—in both men and women—according to a new study with mice. The research, reported in two separate studies, indicates that the protein reduces various metabolic dise
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Nanomaterial Can Protect Electronics From Major Heat
A new nanocomposite could help flexible electronics, energy storage devices, and electric devices better hold up to heat. The nanocomposite combines one-dimensional polymer nanofibers and two-dimensional boron nitride nanosheets. The nanofibers reinf
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EEG Scans Can Detect Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease
Researchers have zeroed in on what may be easily detectable markers of Parkinson’s disease. The evidence is in the specific angles and sharpness of electrical waves in unfiltered raw data from scalp electroencephalograms of patients receiving treatme
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New Opioid Has Speedier Pain Recovery Than Morphine
Researchers have developed a new type of opioid that accelerates recovery time from pain compared to morphine. It also doesn’t have the side effect of increasing pain sensitivity, according to a new study with rats. Morphine and other opioid-based pa
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Maps Reveal Symbiosis In The World’s Forests
A new effort to map the most abundant of the symbiotic relationships among trees, fungi, and bacteria—involving more than 1.1 million forest sites and 28,000 tree species—reveals factors that determine where different types of symbionts will flourish
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You Should Learn The Signs Of Alcohol Poisoning
Here is expert advice on how to avoid and recognize alcohol poisoning—both in yourself and others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 2,200 alcohol poisoning deaths occur in the United States each year, an average of six peop
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