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Satellites link Texas earthquake to oil/gas waste disposal

The largest earthquake every recorded in East Texas was caused by humans, according to new satellite measurements.

Ancient reptile had a thick, ‘three-eyed’ skull

A newly-described species of extinct reptile that roamed Texas more than 200 million years ago had a strikingly dome-shaped head with a very thick skull.

Melatonin tells these fish to hum all night

In the 1980s, people living on houseboats in the San Francisco Bay were puzzled by a droning hum of unknown origin that started abruptly in the late evening and stopped suddenly in the morning.

Researchers aren’t talking to LGB teens of color

Recent years have seen more research on lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people, but these studies often fail to look at the experiences of people of color, according to a new report.

Fingerprint scans could save 5 million children’s lives

Every day 353,000 children are born around the world, a majority of them in developing countries where a lack of proper record-keeping results in a lack of proper health care.

New video is like riding a whale while it eats

Whales are the biggest animals to ever have existed on Earth, and yet some subsist on creatures the size of a paper clip.

Stabilizing SOD1 protein de-clumps motor neurons

New research offers evidence that stabilizing a protein called SOD1 could lead to future treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Alzheimer’s toxin ‘stacks up’ to get into cells

Scientists know the peptide amyloid beta plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s not clear how or when it becomes toxic.

Greenland’s ‘uplift’ makes ice loss hard to measure

Data from GPS stations fixed on bedrock are offering an unprecedented look at the uplift process beneath Greenland.

VW emissions cheat could lead to 50 early deaths

Beginning in 2008, Volkswagen installed software to circumvent emissions testing by turning off the nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions control system in real-world driving in nearly half a million cars.

Human rights abuses don’t always cut foreign aid

Whether foreign-aid donors are willing to help states that abuse human rights may depend on how much the donor stands to gain, according to new research.

Gut microbes differ in obese, lean children

Obese children and teens have different bacteria living in their digestive tracts than those who are lean.

How ‘tattoo therapy’ might treat multiple sclerosis

Scientists are investigating a way to use temporary tattoos that deliver nanoparticles to treat autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis.

Night shift may complicate support for working moms

New research with working mothers links nonstandard work schedules to weaker private safety nets—particularly for African-Americans, those with less education, and those who persistently work outside the typical 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday schedule.

How zeolites could make paint more eco-friendly

Chemists have unraveled a longstanding mystery that brings them one step closer to a cleaner, more energy-efficient way to make methanol, an important industrial chemical used in products such as paints, plastics, and glues.

This device traps single cancer cells for analysis

A new microfluidic chip can pick out any cancer cell of choice obtained from liquid biopsy to perform single cell analysis.

Bad sleep may predict pot and alcohol use

Scientists have discovered a possible link between sleep habits and early substance abuse. Sleep duration and quality during late childhood seem to predict alcohol and cannabis use later.

If world order is changing, how should US adapt?

The international order is unraveling, according to political scientist Amy Zegart. Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has generally served as the top leader in this world order.

50 million sessions show why Uber is so popular

Economists used data from almost 50 million Uber sessions to figure out just how much customers are benefiting from the ride-sharing service.

Physicist explains why time travel isn’t possible

A simple question from his wife—Does physics really allow people to travel back in time?—propelled physicist Richard Muller on a quest to resolve a fundamental problem that had puzzled him throughout his career: Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new “nows?