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Infant mummy and Triceratops go through CT scanner

Scientists recently put a 2,000-year-old patient into a CT scanner: the mummified remains of a 7-month-old baby boy.

There’s an okay way to argue in front of your kids

It’s okay if your kids hear their parents arguing, as long as they’re handling disagreements in a constructive way, a new study suggests.

Blocking protein may turn bad fat brown


Researchers working with mice may have found a way to convert “bad” white fat—which hoards calories, contributing to weight gain and obesity—into “good” brown fat—which actually helps burn calories.

Air pollution is bad for our kidneys

Air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and contribute to kidney failure, new research suggests.

Drug and gene therapy combo may reverse M.S.

A new gene therapy could inhibit or reverse multiple sclerosis, new research using mouse models suggests.

How this worm survived 18 million years without sex

Scientists have sequenced the genome of a tiny worm that belongs to a group of exclusively asexual species.

Why the ’80s are like, totally back on screen

The author of a new book about science fiction film from the 1950s through the beginning of the 1980s says that the ’80s are such a popular setting and inspiration for modern movies and TV shows because of the power of nostalgia.

People buy healthier food when veggie stands take EBT

When mobile fruit and vegetable stands in New York City are equipped with wireless banking devices programmed to accept food stamps, more people with low incomes buy healthy foods than when they must pay cash.

Fetal death rate in Flint rose 58% after lead crisis

Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis resulted in fewer babies born there—the result of reduced fertility rates and higher fetal death rates—compared to other Michigan cities during that time, research shows.

Feeling bad about your failures may lead to success

Responding to failure emotionally, rather than cognitively, may make you more effective at improving your results next time you tackle the related task, new research suggests.

Biomaterial made of crabs could cut plastic pollution


Researchers have created a new kind of biomaterial that could be used to replace plastic coatings in packaging of foods and other items, cutting down on pollution that results from its use and production.

Atoms-thick semiconductor layers stick like Post-its

Scientists have figured out how to make tiny individual films—each just a few atoms high—and stack them for use in new kinds of electronics.

Mapping firefly genomes is beautiful work

Scientists are working to map the genome of fireflies, research which could lead to medical applications like lighting up cancer cells.

Women need better advice about financial risk

Women are, on average, less tolerant of risk in their financial decisions but not because men and women think about investment risk differently.

Scientists get a nanoscale look at corrosion in real time

A new device has given scientists a nanoscale glimpse of crevice and pitting corrosion as it happens.

Is the Milky Way actually kind of weird?

The most-studied galaxy in the universe—the Milky Way— might not be as typical as previously thought, according to a new study of its “siblings.” The Milky Way, home to Earth and its solar system, is host to several dozen smaller galaxy satellites that orbit around it and could be useful in understanding the Milky Way itself, researchers say.

Tests find dangerous lead levels in sindoor

Sindoor, a cosmetic powder used in Hindu religious and cultural ceremonies and available for sale in the US, has unsafe levels of lead, research finds.

Markers for severe M.S. could lead to new treatments

Scientists have found that two cytokines—molecules involved in cell communication and movement—may serve as markers for progressive multiple sclerosis, the most severe form of the disease.

For fishers, a variety of fish means more stable income

New research examines income volatility among fishers working in the waters near Alaska, an area with some of the largest, most valuable fisheries in the world.

These coping skills help pregnant smokers quit

New research suggests that pregnant smokers may be more likely to quit after learning coping skills that help them manage negative emotions.


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