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Knowing how you feel could have health perks

People who pay more attention to their feelings and experiences tend to have better cardiovascular health, a new study suggests.

There’s zero chance you’ll see a megalodon

Scientists are officially debunking the myth that megalodon sharks still exist. The whale-eating monsters became extinct about 2.6 million years ago.

Approved therapy tested on autoimmune diseases

Laboratory tests of an approved therapeutic suggest it may treat symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Can subliminal messages improve old age?

Subliminal messages containing positive stereotypes about aging can improve older adults’ physical functioning for several weeks, according to a new study.

The perfect gap turns nanoparticles into sensors

Scientists have figured out the optimal gap needed between two gold nanoparticles to turn them into optical antennae.

Maintenance beats detox for opioid addicts

Buprenorphine maintenance therapy works better than detox for treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care, new research shows.

What the 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ tells us about Ebola

The 1918 influenza virus killed 50 million people worldwide, and now scientists are hoping to apply the lessons learned to fight diseases like Ebola.

Touch a receipt and you’ll absorb tons of BPA

You may want to think twice about handling a cash register receipt, especially if you’ve just slathered on some hand sanitizer or lotion.

Not all scientists are great at sharing

Astronomers and geneticists are good at sharing, report researchers, who say ecologists may need a brush-up on the concept.

When hospitals merge, patients often pay the price

While more and more US hospitals are consolidating medical groups and physician practices to be more efficient, a new study finds the practice often backfires and increases the cost of patient care.

Does toxic air raise a child’s risk for autism?

Children exposed to certain types of air pollution during pregnancy and early in life are more likely to develop autism, according to a study of families living in Pennsylvania.

Scientists are skeptical of ‘brain games’ for older adults

Nearly 70 scientists have issued a statement saying they’re skeptical about claims that computer-based “brain games” actually help older adults sharpen their mental powers.

Feathers have ‘custom’ shafts for flight

The shafts of feathers are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material—a lot like carbon fiber—that lets the feather bend and twist in flight.

Teens who eat a hearty breakfast skip the snacks

Teenagers who eat breakfast, particularly one high in protein, are less likely to crave junk food later, and scientists say a boost in the brain chemical dopamine may help explain why.

Overweight women less likely to work with public

Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs, according to a new study.

The plague hitches a ride to travel the body

An ancient scourge is giving scientists new insights on how the body responds to infections. In the journal Immunity, researchers show how the Yersinia pestis bacteria that cause bubonic plague hitchhike on immune cells in the lymph nodes and eventually ride into the lungs and the blood stream, where the infection is easily transmitted to others.

How black holes stop galaxies from making stars

New evidence could help explain how some massive black holes shut down a galaxy’s ability to make new stars.

Rest your mind the right way to boost learning

Scientists have previously found that resting the mind, such as daydreaming, helps strengthen memories of events and retention of information.

Milk fat detector uses fluorescent dye

Scientists are building a fluorescent sensor that can rapidly identify the presence of fat in milk. The device, called “Milk Orange,” could one day be useful to milk producers in developing countries.

Super high-res MRI detects single atom

For the first time, researchers have detected a single hydrogen atom using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).