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Fracking chemicals alter hormones of baby mice

More than 15 million Americans live within a one-mile radius of unconventional oil and gas operations.

Strangers aren’t the ones who cyberbully teens

Past or present friendship or dating makes cyberbullying much more likely to occur between two teenagers, new research shows.

No clear link between gut bacteria and obesity

A new study, done by pooling data from most of those studies, throws cold water on the idea that extra pounds may stem from an imbalance of the bacteria inside us.

Pros and cons for women in post-Katrina New Orleans

More women hold local elective offices, have college degrees, and own their own businesses in post-Katrina New Orleans, a new report shows.

Can social media make older people healthier?

Older adults enjoy using Facebook, email, instant messaging, and other forms of social media—and doing so may even reduce loneliness and improve health.

Teens say they vape for flavor, not nicotine

Flavor, not nicotine, entices teenagers to vape, a new study of nearly 15,000 young people in the US suggests.

Fatty acid made in the lab can tame inflammation

It is a hotly debated, highly researched subject: which fats are good for us and which aren’t? Many scientists have assumed that oxidized fatty acids cause and promote inflammation. An example is the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a delivery vehicle for cholesterol and fatty acids that every cell needs and takes from the blood.

New COF material could mean electric cars charge faster

An electric car currently relies on a complex interplay of both batteries and supercapacitors to provide the energy it needs to go places.

Migraines, fatigue spike near fracking sites

Neighbors with the most exposure to natural gas fracking are nearly twice as likely to suffer from some combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, and severe fatigue.

Why ramen noodles are the new ‘money’ in prisons

Ramen noodles are replacing cigarettes as a form of currency in US prisons. It’s not because of bans on tobacco products.

Like people, chimps prefer teamwork over competition

When given a choice between cooperating or competing, chimpanzees choose to cooperate five times more frequently.

Are U.S. voters losing faith in democracy?

From media and money to political polarization, the 2016 United States presidential election is rewriting the rules of the game, says Nate Persily, a law professor of law at Stanford University.

Repeats in this spit gene benefit primates

A new study looks to the saliva of humans, gorillas, orangutans, macaques, and African green monkeys for insights into evolution.

‘Butterbutt’ warbler might really be 3 species


One of North America’s most beloved songbirds—the yellow-rumped warbler—may need to be considered at least three separate species, says a new study.

Baggage fees help airplanes leave on time

Charging for checked bags doesn’t sit well with most airline passengers, but the practice has actually improved the departure performance of United States airlines and has even boosted revenue, a new study shows.

Is melatonin the link between sleep and breast cancer?

The hormone melatonin appears to suppress the growth of breast cancer tumors, say researchers. While treatments based on this key discovery are still years away, the results, published in the journal Genes and Cancer, offer a foundation for future research.

This is how norovirus invades cells to make us sick

Norovirus is the most common viral cause of diarrhea worldwide, but because of an inability to grow it in a lab, scientists still know little about how it infects people and causes disease.

Can fast radio bursts root out dark matter?

Astrophysicists have proposed a clever new way to shed light on the mystery of dark matter, the undiscovered stuff believed to make up most of the universe.

Experts predict the next US states for Zika infections

Nearly 400 non-travel-related Zika infections will occur in Florida before the end of the summer, according to new projections by biostatisticians.

Calculus shows just how fast Usain Bolt runs


With gold medals in three sprinting events at three Olympic Games, Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest human of all time.


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