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Toddlers have ‘an ear’ for accents

By two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with regional accents that the toddlers have never heard before.

Brains don’t recover during football’s off-season

Six months off after regular season play may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely, putting them at even greater risk of head injury the next season.

Poop app could save newborns’ lives

Parents on the lookout for a liver disease afflicting newborns have two new tools: a printed guide and a mobile application to interpret the color of their infants’ poop.

Land for ‘green’ shade-grown coffee shrinks

The proportion of land used to cultivate shade-grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996.

Fruit fly antennae kick in for ‘cruise control’

Scientists have discovered that fruit flies regulate their flight speed by using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae.

Bats suggest wildlife can thrive in ‘altered’ habitat

A new study focusing on bats shows that human-altered landscapes can support more biological diversity than the commonly accepted theory suggests.

‘Smart’ liner detects how leg prosthetics fit

A new device could help relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement prosthetics for lower limbs.

Wireless ‘tattoo’ patch tracks health 24/7

A thin, soft stick-on patch that can stretch and move with the skin uses off-the shelf chip-based electronics to continuously track health and wirelessly send updates to your cellphone or computer.

DNA ‘barcodes’ reveal North America’s 10,000 fungi

Pine forests are chock full of wild animals and plant life, but there’s an invisible machine underground.

HPV vaccine works safely for HIV-positive women

The Gardasil vaccine can safely help the vast majority of HIV-positive women produce antibodies against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, even if their immune system is weak and even if they’ve had some prior HPV exposure, a new clinical trial shows.

Why tilt-a-worlds could be good places for life

A fluctuating tilt in a planet’s orbit doesn’t rule out the possibility of life, new research shows. In fact, sometimes it helps.

Antibiotics help malnourished children grow

A review of the research shows that antibiotics improve the height and weight the youngest and most vulnerable children in the world, but it’s not without risks.

The closer you get, the closer you’ll feel

Facing the right direction—straight ahead—makes a destination seem closer, research shows, and the closer you get, the more connected you’ll feel.

Fossil embryos ‘frozen’ for 500 million years

The Cambrian Period was a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record.

How to keep women on parole out of prison

As the female prison population grows, more should be done to help women probationers and parolees in poor urban areas remain crime-free, a new study reports.

Puget Sound waters bubble up from turbulent canyon

Puget Sound’s headwaters lie far below the surface, in a submarine canyon that draws nutrient-rich water up from the deep ocean.

Time to rethink morning sickness drug?

The most commonly prescribed drug for first-trimester morning sickness, pyridoxine-doxylamine, does not prevent birth defects even though drug safety data say it does, according to researchers.

To keep us sane, brain ignores tiny visual changes

Vision scientists have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle visual changes in the movies and in the real world.

SSRI use in pregnancy linked to boys’ autism risk

Prenatal exposure to certain medications that are often prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays in boys, new research shows.

Tigers need diverse gene pool to survive

New research shows that increasing genetic diversity among the 3,000 or so tigers left on the planet, though interbreeding and other methods, may be the key to their survival as a species.