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Gel fights breast cancer with fewer side effects

A tamoxifen gel applied to the breast may work as well as a pill form of the drug to slow the growth of cancer cells.

Tropical flies show resilience in ‘desert’ tests

Some sensitive rainforest-restricted species may survive climate change, but only if the change isn’t too fast or dramatic, according to a new study with flies.

Patients with dementia get more pacemakers

Patients with dementia are more likely to have pacemakers implanted for irregular heart rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation, than are people without cognitive difficulties.

Facial features can make or break first impressions

Scientists say it’s possible to predict first impressions based on different facial features, such as eye height or eyebrow width.

Even tiny doses of running can extend lifespan

Even very brief running—just 5 to 10 minutes a day—can help people live longer, according to new research.

Compromise is key to evolving new creatures

Trade-offs, which are evolutionary compromises, drive the diversity of life, according to new research.

Stretching turns carbyne into an insulator

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, report researchers.

Farmers market vouchers fill gap in ‘food deserts’

Vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets could mean healthier meals for families on food assistance, new research suggests.

Peer programs boost moms of kids with autism

Peer-led interventions that target parents’ well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression, and anxiety among mothers of children with disabilities, new research suggests.

How killing off wildlife causes social chaos

The decline of wildlife can cause hunger and unemployment and, consequently, fuel increased crime and political instability, report researchers.

Test eliminates need for second thyroid surgery

A new test increases the odds by 30 percent that people with thyroid cancer will undergo the correct initial surgery.

Deadly amoeba thrives in warmer lakes

A potentially deadly amoeba often found in lakes and rivers is likely benefiting from a widespread drought in the United States.

Why the things we choose seem better than the rest

Many people value rewards they choose themselves more than rewards they just receive, even when the rewards are actually equivalent.

Workplace design can cut nurse turnover

Architecture, interior design, and other physical aspects of where new registered nurses work can enhance their job satisfaction, a new survey shows.

These 3 tests detect concussion 100% of the time

When combined with two other measures, a simple vision test can detect 100 percent of concussions that occur during a football game, new research shows.

Cancer drug helps some women get pregnant

A new fertility drug, originally developed to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer, is 30 percent more effective in helping some women become pregnant than one used for more than 40 years, new research shows.

Bug ‘tunnels’ suggest quick rebound after asteroid

Leaf-mining insects disappeared from the western United States after the late-Cretaceous asteroid impact that also triggered the extinction of dinosaurs.

Is Earth headed for its sixth mass extinction?

Earth’s biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life—but it may be reaching a tipping point.

Vaccine triggers alarm to fight dust mite allergy

A new vaccine uses a booster normally found in cancer vaccines to combat dust-mite allergies by naturally switching the body’s immune response.

Crows beat test that stumps little kids

In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird finds a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds that the water level is too low.