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Zooming in on cilia can detect mutations

A deep breath sucks in dust, dirt, pollen, bacteria, and probably more than a few dust mites. Cilia, the cell’s tails and antennas, are among the most important biological structures.

‘Snail’ gene gives breast cancer the ability to move

A gene normally involved in the regulation of embryonic development allows breast cancer cells to break free and move through the body without regard to biological controls that normally restrict metastasis.

‘High-rise’ chip could shrink supercomputers

At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford University team revealed how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and memory chips on today’s circuit cards.

How ‘worms’ end up in fool’s gold fossils

How did ancient soft-body creatures become part of the fossil record? New findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed—often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years.

Can hugs keep us from catching colds?

Greater social support and more frequent hugs may protect people from the increased likelihood of infection associated with stress, and result in less severe illness symptoms.

Glacier beds get slippery when ice slides fast

As a glacier’s sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier, laboratory simulations show.

Cows and calves only need 3 calls to ‘chat’

Cows and their calves basically communicate using three distinct calls, according to researchers who, for the first time, used detailed acoustics to eavesdrop on conversations between the two.

64% of gun deaths in U.S. are suicides

The overall death rate from gun violence has remained unchanged in the United States for more than a decade, but suicides by firearms are now more common than homicides, a new study shows.

Domestic abuse during pregnancy may harm babies

Children whose mothers were abused while pregnant are at higher risk of emotional and behavioral issues in their first year of life.

How to track the ‘footprint’ of fashion influence

Analyzing relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews makes it possible to identify a network of influence among major designers, say researchers.

What ‘hok’ and ‘krak’ mean to monkeys

The structure of monkey calls is surprisingly sophisticated, report researchers. New research finds that the same species of monkeys—located in separate geographic regions—use their alarm calls differently to warn of approaching predators.

How ‘mom’ plants teach seeds when to grow

Scientists have discovered how “mother” plants use their memory of the seasons to teach their seeds the best time to germinate.

New ‘sponges’ capture carbon in a powder

Carbon capture—chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it ends up in the atmosphere—is gaining momentum in the fight against global warming.

New antibodies could boost dengue vaccines

A major new class of antibodies can make the four different types of dengue virus non-infectious, new research shows.

Culture shapes how it feels to be spiritual

Culture has an impact on how people experience spirituality, say researchers who interviewed evangelical Christians and Thai Buddhists.

Resilience eases homecomings for soldiers

Emotional hardiness, combined with social support, appears to shield returning soldiers from mental health problems and alcohol overuse.

How too many gifts can cause kids trouble

Parents tempted to buy their kids every gift on their wish list this holiday season should think again.

These games may improve psychopath behavior

People with psychopathy tend not to feel fear, consider the emotions of others, or reflect on their behavior—and these traits make them notoriously difficult to treat.

Cooler, clearer suit to shield doctors from Ebola

A new protective suit is designed to help doctors and nurses treating Ebola patients work longer hours—even in wilting heat—and undress safely, quickly, and without anyone’s help.

Can this cycle spark eating disorder risk?

Hormonal changes each month, part of the menstrual cycle, can cause women to eat more—a normal, biological occurrence.