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Blood test screens for 8 common kinds of cancer

Researchers have developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

Babies do stuff in bursts but actually learn over time

While babies often amaze their parents when they seemingly learn new skills overnight—how to walk, for example—but new research suggests that their brains were probably prepping for those tasks long before those first steps occurred.

Hydrogels for future drug delivery use Boolean logic

Scientists have long sought specificity in drug delivery systems: A package that can encase a therapeutic and will not disgorge its toxic cargo until it reaches the site of treatment—be it a tumor, a diseased organ, or a site of infection.

Energy-efficient LEDs are just a few atoms thick

Scientists have developed energy efficient, ultra-thin light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for next-generation communication technologies.

Most ancient methane doesn’t escape Arctic Ocean depths

New research pinpoints a source of methane in the Arctic Ocean—and finds that ancient methane trapped deep below the surface isn’t escaping into the atmosphere.

People report the most stress about this climate worry

While some people have little anxiety about the Earth’s changing climate, others are experiencing high levels of stress, and even depression, based on their perception of the threat of global climate change, according to new research.

Longer lives for obese patients after bariatric surgery

In a new study, obese, middle aged men and women who had bariatric surgery had half the death rate of patients who had traditional kinds of treatment over a 10-year period.

Varied diets mean more new kinds of bats

Omnivorous New World noctilionoid bats, whose diets include both plant and animal materials, produce more generations in the long run than specialized vegetarian or insectivorous species, a new study indicates.

Too much noise really stresses birds out

Birds exposed to noise pollution created by natural gas compressors show symptoms similar to those humans exhibit when suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers report.

Future astronauts could get water from ice on Mars

Researchers have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath the surface of Mars are exposed in faces of eroding slopes.

Head injury, not concussion, may cause CTE

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) results from head injuries, not concussions, new research suggests.

These very subtle movements line up with autism

A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that nearly imperceptible changes in how people move can be used to diagnose neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

Topographic map reveals Titan’s highs and lows

Astronomers have created a global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan using the now-complete Cassini data set.

Lower mortality for those who go to religious services

A new paper links regular attendance at religious services with improved health and lowered mortality.

Water-based air conditioner cools without harmful chemicals

A new water-based air-conditioning system cools air to as low as 18 degrees Celsius (about 64 degrees Fahrenheit) without using energy-intensive compressors and environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants.

Avoid ‘attention residue’ while switching tasks with this plan

When you have to switch tasks at work, making a plan to return to and finish the task you’re leaving can help you better focus on the new, interrupting work, according to new research.

Baby brain response to touch sets stage for empathy

Safe, new brain imaging techniques provide one of the first looks inside the infant’s brain to show where the sense of touch is processed—not just when a baby feels a touch to the hand or foot, but also when the baby sees an adult’s hand or foot being touched, as well.

These fish eat the scales they ram or pry off others

New research clarifies how the odd diet of scale-eating fish influences their body evolution and behavior.

This time of day may be riskiest for overeating

People who are overweight may be at higher risk for overeating in the evening hours, especially when experiencing stress, a new study suggests.

Kids are pretty flexible about gender identity

Children may think more flexibly about gender identities than previously thought, according to new research.