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Watching baby brains get wrinkly could flag future disorders

A new method could lead to diagnostic tools that precisely measure the third-trimester growth and folding patterns of a baby’s brain in 3D.

Who’ll get the Zika vaccine? Depends on these factors

People’s willingness to use a Zika vaccine when it’s available will be influenced by how they weigh the risks associated with the disease and the vaccine—but also by their misconceptions about  vaccines for other diseases, researchers say.

Tree rings shed light on past—and future—droughts

Researchers have developed a climate record stretching 2,060 years into Mongolia’s past by using the natural archive of weather conditions stored in the rings of Siberian pines.

Even decades later, cancer survivors get tired faster

Patients who beat cancer years or even decades ago still become fatigued more quickly than people without cancer histories, a new study shows.

This color-changing fish can ‘see’ with its skin

Genetic analysis reveals new evidence to explain how the hogfish uses its skin to “see.” The hogfish is a pointy-snouted reef fish that can go from pearly white to mottled brown to reddish in a matter of milliseconds as it adjusts to shifting conditions on the ocean floor.

Birds that can open sugar packets hint at evolution of intelligence

Wild birds that are cleverer than others at foraging for food have different levels of a neurotransmitter receptor that has links to intelligence in humans, according to a study.

Bacteria may survive antibiotic attack by chance

Small populations of pathogenic bacteria may be harder to kill off than larger populations because they respond differently to antibiotics, a new study indicates.

‘Glass ceiling’ keeps women out of top academic journals

Many top academic journals continue to have low numbers of female authors, new research indicates. Five years ago, Nature—one of the most prestigious research journals in science—published an editorial pledging to improve on the low number of women editors and authors in its pages.

DNA ‘looping’ inside nucleus isn’t random at all

Scientists have discovered a key aspect of how DNA forms loops and wraps inside the cell nucleus—a precise method of “packing” that may affect gene expression.

Cheaper materials get the toxic stuff out of solar cells

New research could lead to the replacement of toxic materials that work so well in solar cells. Any substitute for the lead-containing perovskites used in some solar cells would have to really perform.

Make your bracket: It’s March Madness for presidents

It’s March Madness, but instead of basketball, one Duke University class is pitting US presidents from throughout the ages against each other.

Lots of irrigation may send rain elsewhere

Widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, research shows. The finding could have worldwide water conservation implications if additional research backs it up.

Does cutting greenhouse gas emissions hurt economic growth?

The Kyoto Protocol cut greenhouse gas emissions in nations that signed the agreement, but also may have slowed economic growth, new research suggests.

New metal-based glass bests the competition

Researchers have developed a new family of glass based on metals and organic compounds. Humans have been making glass from silicon dioxide since prehistory.

Listen: How Sputnik’s launch got more women into college

There’s a curious backstory to how more women ended up in college, and it starts with the Soviets’ launch of the satellite Sputnik in 1957.

3 reasons young people with psychosis delay getting help

Stigmas, attitudes of self-reliance, and misattributing symptoms led a group of young adults experiencing their first episode of psychosis to delay seeking treatment, a new study shows.

Modified sugar molecules treat UTIs without antibiotics

In a new study with mice, researchers have discovered a new way to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) without using antibiotics.

Roundworms shed light on how biological sex shapes behavior

New research demonstrates how biological sex can modify communication between nerve cells and generate different responses to the same stimulus in males and females.

Bacteria in your intestines can trigger autoimmune diseases

Bacteria in the small intestines of mice and humans can travel to other organs and trigger an autoimmune response, according to a new study.

Workers at customer-facing companies tend to be happier

People working in retail and other customer-facing companies tend to be happier than those who work in places further removed from interaction with customers, like manufacturing, new research suggests.