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Lasers show how Sea Monkeys mix oceans

Even though each “Sea Monkey” is only about half an inch long with 10 tiny, leaf-like fins, they can collectively generate a surprising amount of force.

5 genes help protect people from severe malaria

Scientists analyzed 27 malaria resistance genes and found that five significantly determine how susceptible a person is to severe malaria.

Do G.E. crops leave traces in the animals we eat?

Scientific studies have detected no differences in the nutritional makeup of foods derived from animals that ate genetically engineered crops, according to a recent review.

Climate change linked to California drought disaster

Scientists say there’s a link between California’s severe drought and global warming. Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist at Stanford University, used a novel combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques to show that a persistent region of high atmospheric pressure hovering over the Pacific Ocean that diverted storms away from California was much more likely to form in the presence of modern greenhouse gas concentrations.

UV light removes 80% of allergens from peanuts

Scientists are using pulsed light to remove allergens from peanuts in the hope that most people will be able to eat them safely.

Belief in alien life varies widely by religion

A new book by David Weintraub, an astronomy professor at Vanderbilt University, takes a closer look at what the world’s major religions have to say about extraterrestrial life.

Body fat amps up inflammation from stress

People who are overweight may be at greater risk for stress-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, according to a new study.

Sleep twitches teach babies how to move

Babies learn about their limbs and how to use them from twitches they make during REM sleep—movements that are very different from those made while awake.

Trouble with alcohol varies among Hispanics

New research untangles Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban-American subgroups from overall alcohol use data about Hispanics.

California law to promote hybrids leads to traffic ‘nightmare’

A California law designed to encourage sales of hybrid vehicles may have backfired by creating rush-hour gridlock for commuters.

Cement’s ‘genome’ could make concrete greener

By paying attention to concrete’s atomic structure, scientists say they could make it better and more environmentally friendly.

Teens feel better when they think people can change

When making the transition to high school, teens may be particularly vulnerable to depression. But a low-cost, one-time intervention that sends the message that it’s possible for people to change may prevent depression from setting in.

How to build a cheaper cloaking device

A new cloaking device uses inexpensive, readily available materials to hide objects from view. “There’ve been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn’t there, often using high-tech or exotic materials,” says John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester.

Compressed ‘bits’ store tons of quantum data

Scientists recently demonstrated that it’s possible to compress quantum bits, or qubits, without losing information.

Dengue virus pumps out RNA to evade attack

A newly discovered pathway lets the dengue virus avoid being destroyed by the body’s antiviral response.

Talk therapy is better than pills for social anxiety

A form of talk therapy beats antidepressants in treating social anxiety disorder and, unlike the medication, can remain effective long after treatment has stopped, a study shows.

Rare molecule found in space hints at life’s origins

The discovery of an unusual carbon-based molecule near the galactic center of the Milky Way suggests that the complex molecules needed for life may have their origins in interstellar space.

3,600 crystals in wearable ‘skin’ monitor health 24/7

A new wearable medical device that uses up to 3,600 liquid crystals can quickly let you know if you’re having heart trouble—or if it’s simply time to slather on some moisturizer.

After layoffs, 1 in 5 Americans still can’t find a job

A new report about the lingering effects of the Great Recession finds that about 20 percent of Americans who lost their job during the last five years are still unemployed and looking for work.

How birds fly through tight spots and don’t crash

To design a better drone, scientists could learn a thing or two from birds’ ability to maneuver through narrow spaces.