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Breastfeeding past 2 months lowers obesity risk

Infants at risk for childhood and adult obesity have a better chance of not becoming overweight if they breastfeed longer than two months.

How pride could hint at mood disorders

Inflated or deflated feelings of self-worth may be connected to mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, anxiety, and depression, report researchers.

Brain waves predict which kids will share

Specific brain markers predict generosity in children, report developmental neuroscientists. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes.

‘Ripple effect’ as fish opt for cooler water?

Increasing temperatures are pushing fish and crustaceans north in search of cooler waters along the east and west coasts of North America.

Birds knew to flee before tornado hit

While tracking a population of golden-winged warblers, scientists discovered that birds in the mountains of eastern Tennessee fled their breeding grounds one to two days before powerful supercell storms arrived.

Will ‘capture and culture’ personalize cancer therapy?

A new way to grow a certain type of cancer cell from a patient outside the body could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage treatment of the disease.

You pick the names for 5 craters on Mercury

The team behind NASA’s Messenger mission is looking for your help: they need names for five newly discovered craters on Mercury.

Thoughts make robot hand pinch and scoop

A woman with quadriplegia was able to manipulate a robot hand into four positions using just her thoughts to successfully pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes.

Zooming in on cilia can detect mutations

A deep breath sucks in dust, dirt, pollen, bacteria, and probably more than a few dust mites. Cilia, the cell’s tails and antennas, are among the most important biological structures.

‘Snail’ gene gives breast cancer the ability to move

A gene normally involved in the regulation of embryonic development allows breast cancer cells to break free and move through the body without regard to biological controls that normally restrict metastasis.

‘High-rise’ chip could shrink supercomputers

At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford University team revealed how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and memory chips on today’s circuit cards.

How ‘worms’ end up in fool’s gold fossils

How did ancient soft-body creatures become part of the fossil record? New findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed—often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years.

Can hugs keep us from catching colds?

Greater social support and more frequent hugs may protect people from the increased likelihood of infection associated with stress, and result in less severe illness symptoms.

Glacier beds get slippery when ice slides fast

As a glacier’s sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier, laboratory simulations show.

Cows and calves only need 3 calls to ‘chat’

Cows and their calves basically communicate using three distinct calls, according to researchers who, for the first time, used detailed acoustics to eavesdrop on conversations between the two.

64% of gun deaths in U.S. are suicides

The overall death rate from gun violence has remained unchanged in the United States for more than a decade, but suicides by firearms are now more common than homicides, a new study shows.

Domestic abuse during pregnancy may harm babies

Children whose mothers were abused while pregnant are at higher risk of emotional and behavioral issues in their first year of life.

How to track the ‘footprint’ of fashion influence

Analyzing relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews makes it possible to identify a network of influence among major designers, say researchers.

What ‘hok’ and ‘krak’ mean to monkeys

The structure of monkey calls is surprisingly sophisticated, report researchers. New research finds that the same species of monkeys—located in separate geographic regions—use their alarm calls differently to warn of approaching predators.

How ‘mom’ plants teach seeds when to grow

Scientists have discovered how “mother” plants use their memory of the seasons to teach their seeds the best time to germinate.