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Why news editors can’t ignore online comments

Because online comments can veer into political debates or other topics, news organizations don’t tend to consider them important.

How rope and jam can screen monkeys for disease

Scientists have figured out a noninvasive way to screen for diseases that can jump from monkeys to humans.

Faster lasers could reveal better data storage

DVDs and Blu-ray disks contain so-called phase-change materials that morph from one atomic state to another after being struck with pulses of laser light, with data “recorded” in those two atomic states.

Arthritis drug may be cheaper way to treat blood cancers

A common arthritis drug may also be an effective way to help treat patients with blood cancers—at one thousandth the cost of another drug that works the same way.

How 34,000 tiny holes could stop counterfeit

Scientists have found a way to potentially prevent counterfeit in currency, documents, credit cards, and even IDs.

Why Chinese people may see ‘bad in the good’

European-Americans work to maximize positive feelings and minimize negative ones more than Chinese people do, a new study suggests.

Rewards of exercise aren’t the same for everyone

We all know that exercise generally helps the cardiovascular system, but does working out pay off equally for everyone?

Bad economy leads parents to favor daughters

When a family finds itself in tough economic times, parents are likely to be more financially generous to a daughter than to a son.

No pros needed for children’s talk therapy?

Orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries respond dramatically well to talk therapy, even when the therapists have little formal training.

Toddlers can use iPads by age two

By the age of two most toddlers are able to use a tablet with only a little help from an adult. Other research has explored the prevalence of tablet use by young children, but the new study, in which researchers watched more than 200 YouTube videos, is the first to investigate how infants and toddlers actually use iPads and other electronic devices.

‘Slow money’ movement would keep capital nearby

The “slow money” movement seeks to match locally produced and environmentally friendly food and artisanal products and services with fresh capital investment.

Team surprised to find water in this HIV protein

Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV, which constantly adapts and mutates. In response to that challenge, scientists are gaining a clearer idea of what a key protein in HIV looks like, which will help explain its vital role in the virus’ life cycle.

Is the universe less crowded than scientists thought?

New research cuts the estimated number of the most distant galaxies by 10 to 100 times. Over the years, the Hubble Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to look deep into the universe.

‘Smart’ mouth guard knows if you grind your teeth

A new mouth guard equipped with sensors can tell if you grind your teeth, clue in your dentist, and even help you stop.

How petunias know when to start smelling sweet

Researchers have identified a key mechanism plants use to decide when to release their floral scents to attract pollinators.

Why teens ignore risk for a little reward

Give teenagers just a tiny promise of a reward and they throw caution to the wind. The reason why: They’re brains don’t work the same way as adult brains do, a new study with mice suggests.

Quick peeks let lovebirds maneuver in flight

Lovebirds are famous for their ability to quickly maneuver through densely cluttered airspace. New research shows that this is likely due to the birds’ ability to turn their heads very quickly.

Astronomers watch the birth of Jupiter-like planet

Observing time at the European Southern Observatory on Paranal Mountain is a very precious commodity—and yet astronomers at the Very Large Telescope in Chile spent an entire night with a high-resolution infrared camera pointed at a single object in the night sky.

Urine acidity may influence odds of U.T.I.

The acidity of urine—as well as the presence of small molecules related to diet—may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract, a new study shows.

California fault is leaking helium from deep Earth

Geologists were surprised to find helium-3 leaking along a 30-mile stretch of a fault zone in the Los Angeles Basin.