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Anti-seizure drug may treat alcoholism

The anti-seizure drug ezogabine may be a way to reduce excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new study with rats.

Lake sediment offers ‘preview’ of future droughts

Researchers sorting through muddy sediment at the bottom of 10 Pacific Northwest lakes conclude that droughts match natural regional warming for various periods over the past 2,000 years.

Seagrass can’t survive if the water’s too murky

Seagrass needs sunlight at the water’s surface, but microorganisms can become so abundant that they block the light the plants need to survive.

Using the internet can fight senior depression

As many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression, often brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation, but using the internet can reduce those chances by more than 30 percent.

Wearing a new gadget may make you seem like a leader

If you’re in business and want to be perceived as a leader, wearing the newest tech tool, such as Google Glass, may help your image.

For shades of white, LED bulbs need added violet

While some LED bulbs can make colors pop, the vast majority may not showcase or differentiate the appearance of white products because all white light is not the same.

Toddlers have ‘an ear’ for accents

By two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with regional accents that the toddlers have never heard before.

Brains don’t recover during football’s off-season

Six months off after regular season play may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely, putting them at even greater risk of head injury the next season.

Poop app could save newborns’ lives

Parents on the lookout for a liver disease afflicting newborns have two new tools: a printed guide and a mobile application to interpret the color of their infants’ poop.

Land for ‘green’ shade-grown coffee shrinks

The proportion of land used to cultivate shade-grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996.

Fruit fly antennae kick in for ‘cruise control’

Scientists have discovered that fruit flies regulate their flight speed by using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae.

Bats suggest wildlife can thrive in ‘altered’ habitat

A new study focusing on bats shows that human-altered landscapes can support more biological diversity than the commonly accepted theory suggests.

‘Smart’ liner detects how leg prosthetics fit

A new device could help relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement prosthetics for lower limbs.

Wireless ‘tattoo’ patch tracks health 24/7

A thin, soft stick-on patch that can stretch and move with the skin uses off-the shelf chip-based electronics to continuously track health and wirelessly send updates to your cellphone or computer.

DNA ‘barcodes’ reveal North America’s 10,000 fungi

Pine forests are chock full of wild animals and plant life, but there’s an invisible machine underground.

HPV vaccine works safely for HIV-positive women

The Gardasil vaccine can safely help the vast majority of HIV-positive women produce antibodies against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, even if their immune system is weak and even if they’ve had some prior HPV exposure, a new clinical trial shows.

Why tilt-a-worlds could be good places for life

A fluctuating tilt in a planet’s orbit doesn’t rule out the possibility of life, new research shows. In fact, sometimes it helps.

Antibiotics help malnourished children grow

A review of the research shows that antibiotics improve the height and weight the youngest and most vulnerable children in the world, but it’s not without risks.

The closer you get, the closer you’ll feel

Facing the right direction—straight ahead—makes a destination seem closer, research shows, and the closer you get, the more connected you’ll feel.

Fossil embryos ‘frozen’ for 500 million years

The Cambrian Period was a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record.