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Air Pollution In National Parks May Keep Visitors Away
Poor air quality in national parks may put a damper on visitation, according to a new study. As reported in Science Advances, the researchers studied ozone levels in 33 of the largest national parks in the US. The researchers found that from 1990 to
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Chemicals In Beef Jerky And Hot Dogs Linked To Mania
Chemicals used to cure beef jerky, salami, hot dogs, and other processed meat snacks may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria, and insomnia, according to a new study. The study, which appears in the jou
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Anglerfish And Their Headlamp Bacteria Have A Crazy Relationship
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of the glowing bacteria living in the bulbs that hang off the heads of anglerfish. The anglerfish lives most of its life in total darkness more than 1,000 meters below the ocean surface. Female angl
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What Causes ‘Brain Freeze’ When You Eat Ice Cream?
Although ice-cold drinks and ice cream can cause sharp, shooting mouth pain and the occasional “brain freeze,” the two reactions are completely unrelated, says neurologist Roderick Spears. “Brain freeze starts with a cold stimulus, such as ice cream,
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A Billion-year-old Lake Could Help Find Alien Life
A sample of ancient oxygen from a 1.4 billion-year-old evaporative lake deposit in Ontario provides fresh evidence of what the Earth’s atmosphere and biosphere were like leading up to the emergence of animal life, according to new research. The findi
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Who Buys The Most Political Ads On Facebook?
Donald Trump and Planned Parenthood are the top recent advertisers and young men were targeted most often, according to a new analysis of Facebook and Instagram political advertising. “We wanted to quickly give voters easy tools to understand who is
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Ancient Bakers Made Bread 4,000 Years Before Farming
Researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread that hunter-gatherers baked 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years. The findings suggest th
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Drugs Could Destroy Super-strong Bacterial Armor
Scientists have previously overlooked the astonishing physical strength of the thin outer membrane that clings to E. coli‘s stout cell wall, according to a new study. For over a century, scientists have studied E. coli, one of the bacteria that cause
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After 65, A Bit Of Sugar Sharpens The Memory
Sugar improves memory in older adults—and makes them more motivated to perform difficult tasks at full capacity—according to new research. The study finds that increasing blood sugar levels not only improves memory and performance, but also makes old
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More People Opt In For Colorectal Cancer Screening By Mail
Sending tests in the mail can boost rates of colorectal cancer screening, research shows. In collaboration with the Mecklenburg County Health Department in Charlotte, researchers with UNC Lineberger’s Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative examined the
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Psychedelic Discovery Could Lead To New Antidepressants
Structural changes in the brain may suggest that psychedelics, such as LSD and MDMA, are capable of repairing the circuits that malfunction in mood and anxiety disorders. A wide range of psychedelic drugs increase the number of neuronal branches (den
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More Americans Agree On Going Green Than You Might Think
While the United States is deeply divided on many issues, there is remarkable consensus on climate change, according to new research. “But the American people are vastly underestimating how green the country wants to be,” says Jon Krosnick, a profess
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Staff In Operating Rooms Follow These Primate Patterns
Humans working in operating rooms follow the general primate patterns of hierarchy and gender, according to new research. In a project they term “operating room primatology,” the researchers used ethological observation methods to record all social i
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Junk Food Options Swarm Poorer Urban Schools
Schools in urban areas with high levels of socioeconomic distress are exposed to a disproportionate amount of junk food, according to a recent study. Researchers found high numbers of “junk food opportunities”—restaurants and convenience stores selli
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College Isn’t A Cure For The Racial Wealth Gap
Education is not a panacea for the racial wealth gap, according to new research. On average, black families in the US have just five to 10 percent as much wealth as white families do. One 2015 study showed that black households headed by a college gr
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What If Plants Could Make Their Own Fertilizer?
New research is a step toward engineering plants to develop their own fertilizer. Creating fertilizer is energy intensive, and the process produces greenhouse gases that are a major driver of climate change. And it’s inefficient. Fertilizing is a del
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Early Puberty Boosts Substance Use Risk For White Boys
White adolescent boys who go through puberty early are at higher risk for substance use than later developing boys, a new study finds. “The earlier your first sip of alcohol or that you try other kinds of drugs, the more likely you are to go on to de
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What Dehydration Does To Your Mind After Just 2 Hours
Just two hours of vigorous yard work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, according to a new study. After statistically analyzing data from multiple peer-reviewed research papers on dehydration and cogniti
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People Around The World Use These Emojis The Most
People worldwide love ?, except the French, who prefer ❤️, according to a new study of global emoji usage. Researchers analyzed 427 million messages from nearly 4 million smartphone users in 212 countries and regions to see if emoji use was universal
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Plants Are Way More Energy Efficient Than We Thought
Photorespiration wastes little energy and instead enhances nitrate assimilation, the process that converts nitrate from the soil into protein, according to a new study. Photosynthesis is one of the most crucial life processes on Earth. It’s how plant
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6 Ways To Safely Exercise In Extremely Hot Weather
When temperatures spike in the summer, it’s important to make sure you temper your workouts to stay safe, says Sandeep Mannava, a sports medicine specialist at University of Rochester Medicine. Here, Mannava offers tips to avoid overexertion on excep
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Barbie Becomes A Scientist, Thanks To Stereotype Expert
Sapna Cheryan has spent much of her career researching the stereotypes that contribute to male-dominated science and technology fields. She’s traced those ideas to childhood, to the toys boys and girls play with and to the beliefs they form about who
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Why Men May Recover From The Flu Faster
Men bounce back more quickly from the flu because they produce more of a key lung-healing protein, a study suggests. Scientists infected live mice and human cells with influenza virus, and found that both the male mice and male human cells produced m
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Rising Sea Levels Are Coming For The Internet
Rising seas threaten more than 4,000 miles of buried fiber optic cables in densely populated US coastal regions, report researchers. Seattle is one of three cities at most risk of internet disruptions. In a talk to internet network researchers, Ramak
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Electronic Stickers Turn Everyday Objects Into Super Sensors
Researchers have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The new technique allows any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker,
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‘Nanoscope’ Zooms In To See Alzheimer’s Plaques
A major problem with understanding Alzheimer’s is not being able to clearly see why the disease starts. Now, a super-resolution “nanoscope” offers a 3D view of brain molecules with 10 times greater detail than ever before. Recent studies show that 40
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Low-carb Diet Boosts Artery Health For Women More Than Men
While men may lose more weight on low-carb diets, women actually see better improvements in artery flexibility, according to a new study. The finding may help pre-diabetic women reduce their risk for heart disease through a low-carb diet. “Previous r
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‘Inverse Sandwich’ Makes Boron Clusters Special
Nanoclusters made from boron and lanthanide elements form highly stable and symmetric structures with interesting magnetic properties, researchers report. The findings, which appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that th
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Chemical Bits Can Be Worse Than The Whole For Bald Eagles
Toxic chemicals in the environment that accumulate in the tissues of birds, fish, and other animals have been a concern for decades. A new study with bald eagles suggests that’s only part of the story. Scientists discovered that chemicals used in fla
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How To Improve Kidney Transplant Exchanges
Kidney transplant exchanges are missing out on 25 to 55 percent of live donor matches that might otherwise be possible, according to a new study. Nearly 100,000 people with failing kidneys are on waiting lists for a kidney transplant in the United St
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