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Gender differences are smaller than we think


Although gender plays a big part in our identities, new research finds men and woman aren’t as different as we tend to think.

This is how phishing scams trick you


After all the warnings, how do people still fall for email “phishing” scams? New research shows how certain strategies on the part of the scammers can affect recipients’ thinking and increase their chances of falling victim.

Is this kid too young for football?


As the 100 million viewers tuning in to this Sunday’s Super Bowl can attest, Americans adore football.

Globalization’s first wave wasn’t all positive


150 years ago, the steamship made international trade possible for many countries. Only a few countries benefited from this first wave of globalization, however.

‘Parasitic’ genes let mammals evolve pregnancy


Transposons, also called “jumping genes,” were a key part of the evolution of pregnancy among mammals, report scientists.

These 2 genes trigger deadly ovarian cancer


By creating the first mouse model of aggressive ovarian cancer, researchers say they may have uncovered a better way to diagnose and treat it.

Why Mars has 2 wildly different hemispheres


The two hemispheres of Mars are dramatically different from each other—a characteristic not seen on any other planet in our solar system.

‘Safe’ pesticide could be an ADHD culprit


New research suggests that a commonly used pesticide found on lawns, golf courses, and vegetable crops may raise the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Donor tissue for joint repair stays fresh for 60 days


Currently doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted.

Diesel generators cut heat but spew emissions


A way to ease peak demand on the energy grid could help explain exceedingly high ozone concentrations in the Northeast region of the US.

Lead paint may still lurk on the porch


Housing regulations have been key to lowering rates of lead poisoning, but new research finds that porches may remain a danger to children’s health.

Are hot flashes bad news for women’s hips?


Women who go through moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats during menopause tend to have higher rates of hip fracture, according to a new study.

Big storms can make or break politicians


Why were preparations for “Winter Storm Juno” so intense? Politics, says Andrew Reeves, a political scientist who studies the politics of natural disasters.

Are tiny crystals the next big thing in solar cells?


Tomorrow’s solar cells will likely be made of nanocrystals. Compared with silicon in today’s solar cells, these tiny crystals can absorb a larger fraction of the solar light spectrum. But, until now, the physics of electron transport in this complex material was not understood, making it impossible to systematically engineer better nanocrystal-composites.

These rings are 200 times bigger than Saturn’s


Scientists have discovered what appears to be a young giant exoplanet with an enormous ring system—much larger and heavier than the system around Saturn.

Why we need satire when times are tough


Satire isn’t just entertainment, according to the authors of a new book. It’s a vital function of democratic society and a way to broach taboo subjects, especially in times of crisis.

Astronomers watch black hole choke on a star ‘blob’


A five-year analysis of an event captured first by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space has led astronomers to believe they witnessed a giant black hole tear apart a star.

These 2 questions found hard evidence of love


A new study finds quantitative evidence of love—something very few economic studies have ever claimed.

Six different scans can ‘see’ this nanoparticle


Six different medical imaging techniques can detect a new type of nanoparticle. This means that, in the future, patients could receive a single injection of the nanoparticles to have all six types of imaging done.

Amateur astronomers spot ‘yellowballs’ in space


Four years ago, a citizen scientist helping the Milky Way Project study Spitzer Space Telescope images for the telltale bubble patterns of star formation noticed something else.


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