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Chip Splits Cancer Cells From Blood For Better Analysis
A new way to cleanly separate out cancer cells from a blood sample enables comprehensive genetic profiling of the cancer cells, according to a new study. Genetic profiling of cancer cells could help doctors target tumors and monitor treatments more e
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Ear Infection App Finds Fluid Behind Eardrum
A new app uses a paper funnel and your phone’s microphone and speaker to detect fluid behind the eardrum, a sign of ear infections in children. Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children to a pediatrician, according t
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5 Things About Technology Give Kids The Creeps
New research defines what kids mean when they say technology is “creepy.” Children in the study described creepy technology as something that is unpredictable or poses an ambiguous threat that might cause physical harm or threaten an important relati
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Opioid-exposed Babies React More Strongly To Pain
Babies exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant may need special care even before they start to experience withdrawal symptoms, researchers say. A new study reports that as soon as 24 and 48 hours after birth, babies exposed to opioids pr
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Robot Copies Mona Lisa Sketch Just By Looking At It
A new algorithm enables robots to put pen to paper, writing words using stroke patterns similar to human handwriting. It’s a step, the researchers say, toward robots that are able to communicate more fluently with human coworkers and collaborators. “
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All Immature Gut Cells Have Same Chance At Stem Cell Status
Contrary to previous assumptions about stem cell development, all cells in the fetal gut have the potential to develop into stem cells, according to a new study. The development of immature intestinal cells is not predetermined. Instead, the cells’ i
Futurity3 min readSociety
Add-on Text Cuts Gender Bias In Course Evaluations
A new intervention could help reduce bias against women college instructors in course evaluations. End-of-semester surveys evaluate teaching effectiveness and often influence tenure and promotion, but research has shown women face more critical evalu
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Is Air Pollution Behind 80-year Decline In Monsoon Rain?
Human-made air pollutants are likely the reason for a drop in precipitation from the Asian summer monsoon, according to new research. Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been decreasing for the past 80 years, a decline unprecedented in the las
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Doctor DNA Ages 6X Faster During 1st Residency Year
A new doctor’s first year of residency, also called the intern year, makes their DNA age six times faster than normal, according to a new study. The study also shows that the effect will be largest among those whose training programs demand the longe
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Blame Fainting On This Gene
Researchers have identified a gene associated with an increased risk of fainting. Heat, dehydration, and anxiety can cause people to faint, which has the potential to be fatal if it happens while driving or cycling. Now researchers have come closer t
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Map Shows Lynching Went Far Beyond The U.S. South
An interactive map of lynching in the US from 1883 to 1941 reveals the surprising extent of mob violence. It also underscores how the economy, topography, and law enforcement infrastructure paved the way for these brutal, violent crimes, according to
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Ben Franklin Was Right About Iceland’s Laki Volcano
An enormous volcanic eruption on Iceland in 1783-84 didn’t cause an extreme summer heat wave in Europe, but it did trigger an unusually cold winter, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings, which appear in the Journal of Geophysical Re
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Older Americans Fear Dementia, But Don’t Talk To Their Doc
Many Americans in their 50s and early 60s are worried about declining brain health, especially if they have loved ones with memory loss and dementia, a new national poll finds. But while the majority of respondents say they take supplements or do puz
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Trust Isn’t Simple When It Comes To The Government
New research reveals three criteria we use to determine whether to trust the government. For decades, political scientists have measured the public’s trust in the federal government consistently, using measures that largely haven’t changed since the
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Our Love Of Starch Changed Our Genes (and Our Spit)
A new study clarifies how the pursuit of starch may have driven evolutionary adaptations in mammals. Starch, a complex carbohydrate, is a vital source of nutrition for many mammals. Humans farm it in the form of rice, wheat, corn, potatoes, and oats.
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A.I. Translation Increases Global EBay Trade
New research draws a direct connection between artificial-intelligence-driven language translation and an increase in international trade. Machine learning and artificial intelligence offer the hope of greater business efficiency. And yet, researcher
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These 8 Skills Boost Spirits Of Dementia Caregivers
People who care for a family member with dementia have an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and death. A new coping intervention may help. The method, which teaches caregivers to focus on positive emotions, reduced anxiety and depression after s
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Nursing Home Cameras Pose Ethics Dilemma
Security cameras in nursing homes aim to protect residents, but new research suggests they come with a variety of legal and moral ethics issues. With reports of crimes against nursing home residents gaining media attention around the country, it’s un
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Question Format Is Key To Finding Real Climate Beliefs
What percentage of Americans believe in human-caused climate change? The answer depends on the question they answer—and how surveys ask it—according to new research. Researchers find that “seemingly trivial decisions made when constructing questions
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Poor Moms Of Color Need Holistic Postpartum Depression Care
Treating low-income women of color for postpartum depression should expand beyond the individual, research suggests. Specifically, it should include and draw upon community realities and resources, according to social work researcher Robert Keefe. “S
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Better ‘Echo Chambers’ Could Make Us Smarter
Are social bubbles—or “echo chambers”—really all that bad? New research says maybe not. In the wake of the 2016 American presidential election, western media outlets have become almost obsessed with echo chambers. With headlines like “Echo Chambers a
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Does Sugar Dampen Sweet Tooth To Cause Overeating?
New research with fruit flies suggests how a high-sugar diet can promote overeating and obesity. After researchers fed fruit flies a high-sugar diet, the flies’ taste neurons triggered a molecular chain-reaction that hampered their ability to taste s
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Faster Method Paves Way For 3D Printing Organs Or Food
A new device may be key to the viability of bioprinting, an extension of 3D printing that allows on-demand printing of living tissue, bone, blood vessels, and even whole organs. More than 113,000 people are currently on the national transplant list.
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Intramural College Sports Boost Student Grades
A new study adds to growing evidence that participating in recreational sports not only can help improve grades while attending college, but it also can help students return for another year. Among nearly 1,800 recent freshmen at Michigan State Unive
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Is Fear Behind Decisions About Nuclear Power?
New research digs into how much the sense of dread around nuclear power negatively affects decision-making about its deployment. In the ongoing effort to decarbonize US energy production, one energy source often attracts great controversy. Nuclear po
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Satellite Data And An App Could Warn Us Of Wildfire Threats
While state and federal officials are looking ahead and worrying about the coming fire season and how to more quickly get in front of fast-moving blazes, the tools for rapid detection are already here, according to a new paper. A weather satellite, G
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Treats During Learning Mask Animal Intelligence
Rewards are necessary for learning, but may actually mask true knowledge, a new study with rodents and ferrets finds. The findings show a distinction between knowledge and performance, and provide insight into how environment can affect the two. “Mos
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‘Next To Zero’ Chance That Apelike Fossil Is Our Direct Ancestor
It is unlikely that Australopithecus sediba, a nearly two-million-year-old, apelike fossil from South Africa, is the direct ancestor of Homo, the genus to which modern-day humans belong, according to new research. Instead, the research, which appear
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Doctor Grading System Falls Short On Information
A system created to grade doctors and empower patients to make better decisions fails to meet its goal of providing useful information to consumers, according to a new study. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services set up the “Physician Compar
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Nudges To Get A Bit Greener Hinder Real Change
Policies that aim to nudge us into better choices actually decrease support for policies with far greater impact, research finds. For example, many households across the United States receive energy bills comparing their use to that of similar neighb
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