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Higher drug use among teens who go to raves

A new study finds that use of illegal drugs other than marijuana was about 20 percent higher among teenagers who attend raves, compared to those who don’t.

Smokers 4x more likely to be emergency room ‘super-users’

Smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to frequently visit emergency rooms. A new study, which explores how much patients replace visits to a primary care physician with a trip to a hospital emergency room, also shows Americans with chronic diseases use both services equally.

How herpes revealed coughing’s trigger

The herpes virus led researchers to discover the respiratory tract links two different parts of the nervous system.

Watch paralyzed man move robotic arm with his mind

A man who is paralyzed from the neck down can now move a robotic arm just by thinking about it. Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain’s movement center, the motor cortex, have allowed patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb—one is either connected to or separate from the patient’s own limb.

Nature or nurture? Twins suggest it’s a tie

The question of whether nature or nurture governs our health is one of science’s great debates. Scientists reviewed almost every twin study across the world from the past 50 years, involving more than 14.5 million twin pairs.

Wave machine links sea spray to clouds

In a wooden building overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 3,800 gallons of seawater empty into a long, clear, covered tank—a wave machine.

Gene map traces ancient bears across North America

Black bears in Alaska are more closely related to bears in the eastern regions of the United States and Canada than those located in western regions, according to a new “genetic map” that reveals the animals’ ancient movement patterns.

Apps and gadgets don’t track kids’ sleep very well

With up to 40 percent of children experiencing a range of sleep problems, parents are turning to specialized devices and smartphone apps—even though it’s unknown if the information will accurately reflect their children’s rest.

What scary dinosaur had this 3-foot femur?

Paleontologists have documented a new dinosaur fossil—part of a three-foot-long femur with fossilized prehistoric clams inside it.

Survival in hottest sea may be death trap for coral

The success of corals that adapt to survive in the world’s hottest sea could actually contribute to their demise.

Did Arctic heat cause extreme winters in US, UK?

Arctic temperatures are increasing two to three times faster than those at the mid-latitudes, and researchers say there’s fresh evidence suggesting a link between that warm-up and extreme weather in other parts of the world.

Our ancestors made these stone tools 3.3 million years ago

The discovery of the earliest stone artifacts ever found—dating to some 3.3 million years ago—suggests our ancestors were making stone tools about 700,000 years earlier than we originally thought.

The right people aren’t getting osteoporosis testing

Some people who could benefit from a common screening test for osteoporosis aren’t getting them, according to new research.

Frequent moves make school tough for foster kids

Foster children are four times more likely to move and change elementary schools during an academic year than children not in foster care.

Octopus skin can sense light without eyes

The octopus can change the color, pattern, and even texture of its skin not only for purposes of camouflage but also as a means of communication.

Saying no to clinical trial may bring regrets

Women who decline to participate in a clinical trial may be significantly more likely to later regret that decision than women who choose to participate, say researchers.

Endangered monkeys get sick after grooming pals

Wild primates are known for helping their pals stay clean and free of lice. But by picking ecto-parasites out of friends’ fur, they may be picking up internal ones themselves.

We tend to talk alike when we think alike

People are more likely to mimic how other people talk if their views on social issues align, new research shows.

Polarized politics get more centrists to vote

It is not the political left that tends to abstain from voting, as common wisdom would have it, but rather the center, according to new research.

Scientists locate amino acid ‘gate’ in cystic fibrosis

Researchers have identified a key component in the protein that causes cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease that affects nearly 70,000 people worldwide.