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How A Serengeti Park Road Could Alter Lives
A proposed road bisecting Serengeti National Park has sparked considerable debate. New research models how it would affect the livelihoods of local people. Opponents say that the road could disrupt the migration of approximately 1.5 million wildebees
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Two Creams Team Up To Cut Skin Cancer Risk
A combination of two topical creams already shown to clear precancerous lesions from sun-damaged skin also lowers the risk that patients will later develop squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, according to a new study. “Squamous cell carcinoma of the
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Hydrogel LEGO Blocks Stick Together For Microfluidics
Scientists have used 3D printing to pattern modular hydrogel components that can bend, twist, or stick together in response to certain chemicals. For a paper in Polymer Chemistry, researchers demonstrated a soft gripper capable of actuating on demand
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Fall Migration Is Key To Monarch Survival
Scientists studying monarch butterflies traditionally focus on winter habitat loss in Mexico and fewer milkweed plants in the Midwest. But that misses a big part of the puzzle—the butterfly’s fall migration, according to a new study. Focusing on this
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If Performance Governs Pay, More Workers Take Antidepressants
Companies moving to a pay-for-performance process may lead to an increase the number of employees taking anxiety and depression medication, according to a new study. Roughly seven out of 10 companies in the United States, if not around the globe, use
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Bacteria Time Their Comeback After Antibiotic Attack
There’s a better way to understand how to prescribe antibiotics to kill every last bacterium—or at least discourage them from developing resistance—according to new research. If an antibiotic doesn’t kill all the bacteria that infects a patient, the
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Your Future Coworkers Could Be Swarms Of Robots
In the future, swarms of robots could help us perform tasks from search and rescue to farming, researchers say. Imagine there’s a flock of aerial robots searching for a lost hiker, for example. They have to cover a large area of remote bush and a cen
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Preteen Boys Who Play Team Sports Have Less Depression
New research links participation in team sports to larger hippocampal volumes in kids and less depression in boys ages 9 to 11. Adult depression has long been associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role i
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Could Family Breakfast Give Kids Good Body Image?
Eating breakfast as a family can help promote a positive body image for children and adolescents, a new study suggests. “We know that developing healthy behaviors in adolescence such as eating breakfast every day and eating family meals can have long
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Depressed African Americans More Likely To Get Wrong Diagnosis
African-Americans with severe depression are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, according to a new study. The study, which appears in the journal Psychiatric Services, examined the medical records of 1,657 people at a community b
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Engineered Protein Delivers Drugs While MRI Tracks It
Researchers have created nanoscale protein micelles capable of delivering chemotherapeutic drugs while scientists track it with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The innovation falls into the category of “theranostics,” meaning that it combines diagn
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How Multiparty Computing Makes It Safe To Share Data
A cryptography technology called secure multiparty computation (MPC) allows collaborative data analysis without revealing private data in the process. Data can help analyze complex problems, shine a light on new solutions, or even resolve otherwise u
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Warmer Seas Will Limit Food Supply From Fisheries
Climate change is beginning to disrupt the complex, interconnected systems that underpin the world’s fisheries and the food they provide, report researchers. Fish provide a vital source of protein for over half the world’s population and more than 56
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Yucatec Maya Moms Breastfeed Longer After C-section
Indigenous mothers in farming communities in Yucatán, Mexico, breastfeed for about 1.5 months longer following cesarean deliveries than they do following vaginal deliveries, research finds. Researcher Amanda Veile, assistant professor of anthropology
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Parents Of Girls Are Less Likely To Stress Computer Skills
While most first-year college students in a new study had positive feelings about computing and computer-related majors and jobs, gender and socioeconomic status seemed to play a role in whether parents shaped those perceptions. Universities may want
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U.S. Computer Science Students Are Crushing It
Undergraduate computer science programs at universities and colleges in the United States appear to produce more skilled students on average than equivalent programs in China, India, and Russia, according to new research. Researchers found that under
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‘Quality Review’ Isn’t Fixing Veterans’ Claims System
A new study turns the spotlight on governance issues that have plagued a cornerstone of the nation’s administrative system for years: rampant errors and a backlog of appeals cases involving veterans’ benefits. The volume of veterans’ appeals—the vast
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Can Easier Access To E-cigarettes Boost Health?
Easier access to electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is highly likely to lead to health gains and cost savings in the health sector, researchers from Australia and New Zealand find. The research modeled what would happen if the number of people
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Men Need These Social Resources After Prison
Men released from prison who receive social, community, and spiritual support have better mental health, research shows. A new study finds that former offenders, particularly those of color, who had access to and used social resources also experience
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Team Confirms Link Between Sleep Disorder And Parkinson’s
A large study of more than 1,200 patients provides important predictors of Parkinson’s disease progression, report researchers. The study will allow better candidate selection for clinical trials and more effective therapy development. The study, whi
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‘Hot Spots’ Show How Adaptable Our DNA Is
New research sheds light on the malleability of human DNA and points to just how adaptable—yet delicate—we are as a species. The study illuminates one aspect of the complicated question of what makes one person different from another, and how these d
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Earth-changing Asteroid Impact Theory Gets New Evidence
Researchers have discovered new evidence to support the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis, which postulates that a fragmented comet slammed into the Earth close to 12,800 years ago. When James Kennett and his colleagues set out years ago to examine sig
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National Parks In Senegal May Save Chimps
A new study of animal populations inside and outside Senegal, Niokolo-Koba National Park, shows that protecting these areas from human interaction and development could save chimps and many other endangered species. The West African chimpanzee popula
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How Did Government ‘Transparency’ Get So Important?
Though we talk a lot about government transparency today, Americans didn’t always expect it of their leaders, according to Stefanos Geroulanos. “Transparency as we understand it today really is a very novel invention,” says Geroulanos, associate prof
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Shipping Growth Will Mean More Invasive Stowaways
Rising global maritime traffic could lead to sharp increases in invasive species around the world over the next 30 years, according to a new study. The findings, which appear in Nature Sustainability, suggest that shipping growth will far outweigh cl
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Rohingya Refugees Need Mental Health Treatment And Justice
Doctors are working with an organization in Bangladesh to help deliver mental health care to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Since 2017, more than 740,000 refugees—more than half of them children—have fled violence in Myanmar and settled in overcrowd
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Pilot Program Lowers Blood Pressure Of Migrant Workers
A hypertension care pilot program is effective and sustainable in underserved communities of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic, report researchers. High blood pressure affects an estimated 31 percent of the world’s population, disproportio
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Eat Mushrooms To Keep Your Brain Sharp?
Seniors who consume more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly may have 50 percent reduced odds of having mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a new study. Researchers defined a portion as three quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms
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Scientists Laser-poke ‘Bizarre’ Protein Droplets
Physicists are using innovative tools to study the properties of a bizarre class of molecules that may play a role in disease: proteins that cluster together to form spherical droplets inside human cells. Their latest research sheds light on the cond
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Manganese Exposure Can Trigger Parkinson’s Symptoms
A new study sheds light on the biological processes through which exposure to some metals can contribute to the onset of Parkinson’s-like symptoms. The study focuses on the metal manganese, which has a range of industrial uses as an alloy. Anumantha
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