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Nanodiamond ‘dye’ offers better look at liver cancer

A new nanodiamond-based contrast agent—a chemical “dye” that enhances the visibility of internal body structures in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—could improve visualization of liver cancer tumors.

Squished cancer cells break free from the crowd

Scientists now know the biochemical signal that tells crowded cancer cells to break away from tumors and start the deadly migration called metastasis.

To boost mental health, let people pick neighborhood fixes

Regeneration of deprived neighborhoods may improve the mental health of people living in the community—if residents pick the regeneration projects.

How female moths snag guys with big antennae

Male moths with larger antennae are better equipped to detect the low quantities of sex pheromone, a chemical signal, that female moths release to attract mates, research shows.

Microchips use ‘sparse coding’ to recognize objects like we do

A new computer chip prototype called a “memristor” could process images and video much faster and using much less power than today’s most advanced chips using a processing system similar to the one used by the human brain.

Airline mergers don’t make our flights run late

Airline mergers often take the blame for flight delays, late arrivals, and missed connections. A new analysis of 15 years of US Department of Transportation statistics, however, shows that airline consolidation has had little negative impact on on-time performance.

Device could make ear tube surgery much quicker

A new handheld device called CLiKX could improve the current surgical treatment of otitis media with effusion, also called “glue ear,” in children.

Minimum wage hikes help some workers, not others

Raising the minimum wage helps workers who currently earn that amount but decreases the number of low-wage workers that businesses hire shortly thereafter, a new study finds.

Cannabis compound shows promise for severe epilepsy

For the first time, a form of medicinal cannabis has been shown to reduce—and even stop—seizures in some children with a severe form of epilepsy.

For creating jobs, spending on schools beats military

Government spending on the military yields fewer jobs, dollar for dollar, than spending on domestic programs such as health care, energy, infrastructure, and education, according to new a new study.

‘Competence’ gets kids past traumas like hurricanes

How children respond after mass traumatic events relates to their perceptions of competence—or how they view their ability to control a situation, new research suggests.

‘Calming’ meditation can feel super stressful

Meditation is marketed as a treatment for pain, depression, stress, and addiction, but it can leave some people more distressed than at peace.

Light drinking might not be so good for your health

The benefits of light drinking—and the risks of not drinking at all—might not be as great as once thought, report researchers.

Listen: What’s it like to be Muslim in America today?

Ahmed Ahmed is an American-Muslim comedian who was typecast as a terrorist. Khalid Latif is a Muslim chaplain for the New York Police Department who garnered salutes in uniform, but harassment as a civilian.

Why city planners should make water a top priority

Many cities are now pushing reinvestments in the urban core, prompting people to live, eat, and play in walkable city centers.

‘Enzyme mimic’ could clean dirty laundry or destroy sarin gas

Scientists have created a material that functions similarly to naturally occurring enzymes and could have a wide variety of potential applications from cleaning products to disposal of chemical weapons.

Despite ‘friends’ like Alexa and Siri, we’re still lonely

Despite the increasing popularity of humanized products like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and iRobot’s pet-like Roomba vacuum, people have never reported feeling more alone or isolated.

These factors may determine our go-to emojis

Many different factors influence our choice of emoji when sending messages online or via smartphone text, including their popularity, perceived semantic meaning, and location on the smartphone touch keyboard, a new study finds.

Clues say ancient people lingered along Peru’s coast

New excavations at two exceptionally well-preserved Ice Age sites on the northern coast of Peru provide a rich record of the lives of some of the earliest humans to populate the Western Hemisphere.

Extreme old age linked to new gene variants

The relatively small number of people older than 100—just one per 5,000 population in developed nations—makes the search for the genetic determinants of extreme longevity challenging.