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Here’s who asks sperm bank for donor’s info

More than a third of adult offspring at a California sperm bank want the sperm donor’s identity—if only to get to know more about him or “get a complete picture,” new research finds.

China sees 50% drop in severe weather since 1960

The frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms, and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960.

No headaches: VR headsets that adjust to your eyes

Engineers are developing virtual reality headsets that can adapt how they display images to account for factors like eyesight and age that affect how we actually see.

Could sperm-blocking hydrogel replace vasectomy?

For over a century, men who didn’t want to father a child had only one permanent option for contraception: vasectomy.

Facial recognition could spot illegal pet lemurs

A new computer facial recognition system can correctly identify over 100 lemurs with 98.7 percent accuracy.

When your phone gets glitchy, blame cosmic rays

Alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphone, computer, and other personal electronic devices.

Shoebox-sized satellites bring African crops into focus

Researchers have developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, using high-resolution photos snapped by a new wave of compact satellites.

Medical mystery: How smoking spared a man’s health

Scientists discovered that a hemoglobin mutation was causing mild anemia in a young woman in Germany.

Code for firefly protein makes mouse glow in the dark

Chemists and gene therapy experts have a new way to insert the code for modified proteins into the cells of mice.

Colonists shipped Native Americans abroad as slaves

Native Americans, including noncombatants, who surrendered during King Philip’s War to avoid enslavement were enslaved at nearly the same rate as captured combatants, research shows.

Can fond memories prompt smokers to quit?

Rather than inciting fear, anti-smoking campaigns should tap into smokers’ memories and tug at their heartstrings, a new study suggests.

How to forecast ozone levels 48 hours in advance

A new air quality model could help forecasters predict surface ozone levels up to 48-hours in advance and with fewer resources.

Treat opioid addiction in hospital ED for better results

There may be lasting benefits to giving people addicted to opioids medication to reduce cravings while in the hospital emergency department (ED).

Birds don’t carry seeds far enough to save rainforest

In order to restore tropical rainforests, it is not enough to simply set up protected areas and leave them alone, research in an Indian rainforest shows.

Brain scans identify if baby sibling also has autism

By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism, scientists were able to correctly identify 80 percent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age.

U.S. teens in poverty go hungry so siblings can eat

A survey of about 1,500 extremely disadvantaged families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio shows teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters.

Silver scaffolds grow bone while blocking MRSA

Silver ion-coated scaffolds can slow the spread of—or even kill—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) while growing new bone, say researchers.

Preventing HIV with PrEP takes these 9 steps

The most promising approach to slowing the spread of HIV may be a pill that uninfected people can take to protect themselves.

Helium from the Big Bang lingers in these hotspots

The Earth’s mantle—the layer between the crust and the outer core—is home to a primordial soup even older than the moon.

Are big ups and downs normal for forage fish?

Forage fish stocks have undergone fluctuation swings for hundreds of years, research shows, with at least three species off the US West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep population increases followed by declines long before commercial fishing began.