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After suicide, grieving partners live with health risks

People who lose a partner to suicide are at increased risk for physical and mental problems including cancer, mood disorders like depression, and even herniated discs.

Busted moon could put rings around Mars

Early Mars may have had rings like Saturn, and might have them again, according to a new model. The research suggests that debris, pushed into space from an asteroid or other body, slammed into the red planet around 4.3 billion years ago and alternates between becoming a planetary ring and clumping up to form a moon.

Will the Hyde Amendment go from rider to law?

Forty years ago, the Hyde Amendment began as a single-sentence prohibition on Medicaid funding for abortion.

The ‘little brain’ may do lots more than we thought

The cerebellum—which means “little brain”—is thought to just sit there helping us balance and breathe, like some kind of tiny heating and ventilation system.

Why sperm need to go backwards to reach the egg

A sperm’s tail creates a characteristic rhythm that pushes the sperm forward, but also pulls the head backwards and sideways in a coordinated way, report researchers.

To recycle old gadgets, crush them into nanodust

Researchers have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Specifically, they want to make the particles so small that separating different components is relatively simple compared with processes used to recycle electronic junk now.

Nanofibers turn mesh into see-through air filter

A new nanofiber solution creates thin, transparent air filters that offer airflow 2.5 times better than that of conventional air filters.

Does skill at work make interruptions worse?

Expertise is clearly beneficial in the workplace, but workers who are highly trained may actually be at more risk for making errors if they are interrupted.

These chimps in Uganda enjoy really long lives

Under the right ecological conditions, some of our close primate relatives can lead surprisingly long lives in the wild, according to a 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda’s Kibale National Park.

Peers, more than teachers, motivate us to learn

“Why do I have to learn this?” is a common question among young adults. New research suggests an answer from their peers has more weight than one from their teachers.

How buying lunch a lot can kill your budget

Dining out frequently can make it harder to control a food budget, new research suggests. People who eat out often tend to underestimate the amount they’d spend over the week and then raise the following week’s budget.

Shrinking Hawaiian islands curb biodiversity

Hawaii’s unique animal and plant diversity has been declining on all but the Big Island for millions of years, long before humans arrived.

3D printing gives new shape to math’s ‘moving sofa’

The mathematical puzzle called the “moving sofa problem” poses a deceptively simple question: What’s the largest sofa that can pivot around an L-shaped hallway corner?

Talk it out to ease tough end-of-life decisions

Too few older adults make end-of-life medical decisions ahead of time—and even when they do identify a loved one to make decisions for them, their wishes may remain unclear.

Your subcortex might gauge numbers like a guppy

Scientists wanted to find out: does the adult human subcortex contribute to number processing at all?

Drug or alcohol trouble spikes veteran suicide risk

Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as those that don’t.

Are we wrong to blame the internet for polarized politics?

Political polarization is largest for demographic groups in which individuals are least likely to use the internet and social media, new research shows.

Scrap images give surgeons 3D bladder ‘map’

The way doctors examine the bladder for tumors or stones is like exploring the contours of a cave with a flashlight.

Tool predicts if replacing pipes will unsettle lead

Lead pipes, despite bans dating back decades, still supply millions of US households with drinking water.

Mosquito ‘nose’ contains sensors just for finding us

The mosquitoes that spread malaria have a secondary set of odor sensors in their “nose” that seem specifically tuned to detect humans.