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Galaxy clusters are way more complicated than we thought

Galaxy clusters are groupings of hundreds to thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity, and are the most massive structures found in the universe.

Engineers made battery electrodes out of pollen

Pollen from bees and cattails could potentially be a renewable material for making anodes in lithium-ion batteries, recent tests show.

Manipulating brain may ease pain of drug withdrawal

In addition to the desire to experience a “high,” one of the obstacles drug addicts encounter is the difficulty of overcoming a myriad of harsh withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Humans are spreading a virus killing millions of bees

European honey bees appear to be the source of a disease that is affecting bee hives worldwide, a new study shows.

Bean Boots are ‘real’ and that’s why we want them

If you order a pair of L.L. Bean’s “Bean Boot” now, you may find they’re backordered until April. This year alone, the company expects to make half a million pairs, more than three times the number made in 2005, according to a recent article in The Atlantic.

Did calling Zika a public health emergency jump the gun?

Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared Zika virus “a public health emergency of international concern,” saying the the 2016 outbreak is an “extraordinary event” and a public health threat to the world.

Henry VIII likely had same brain injury seen in NFL players

Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by NFL players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, a new study suggests.

BMI is wrong: Millions of healthy Americans labeled obese

Millions of Americans labeled overweight or obese based on their BMI are, in fact, “perfectly healthy.” “BMI is a deeply flawed measure of health.” The findings from a study published in the International Journal of Obesity show that 34.4 million Americans considered overweight by virtue of BMI (body mass index) are actually healthy, as are 19.8 million who are considered obese.

Index gives Earth only 82% chance of being ‘habitable’

We know the Earth is habitable because—well, here we are. But would it look like a good candidate for life from hundreds of light-years away?

Lack of culture, not brains, probably did in Neanderthals

What happened to the Neanderthals? They left their African homes and migrated into Europe 350,000 to 600,000 years ago, well ahead of modern humans, who showed up only about 45,000 years ago.

The 5 biggest myths about the flu

It can be awfully tough to sort out fact from rumor about the flu. Elodie Ghedin of NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and the College of Global Public Health is an expert on the flu.

When the moon is high, Earth gets less rain

When the moon is high in the sky, it creates bulges in Earth’s atmosphere that cause imperceptible changes in the amount of rain that falls below.

Cancer cells travel in packs to survive and spread

Cancer cells rarely spread on their own, preferring to travel in groups from their original tumor site, a new study with mice shows.

Women who browse dating sites anonymously get fewer matches

Both men and women who pay a little extra to browse online dating sites anonymously get fewer matches, a new study shows.

Rare earth elements in phones could come from U.S. coal

The United States could soon decrease its dependence on importing valuable rare earth elements by extracting it from coal.

Don’t let fear of lead put the kibosh on urban gardens

The benefits of growing locally produced vegetables in urban gardens outweigh any risks from gardening in contaminated soils, new research shows.

Nano-size antacids stop tumors from spreading

When engineers injected nanoparticles of calcium carbonate—the main ingredient in antacid tablets—into mice, they were able to stop tumors from spreading.

Adults with COPD may have higher anxiety risk

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have more than three times the odds of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) than people without COPD, a new study shows.

Biologist busts the myth of the ‘unicorn’ bacteria

Plant biologist Maren Friesen has been on a quest to find near-mythical bacteria that could fix their own nitrogen.

Would a ‘nutrition score’ get you to buy healthy food?

When it comes to making healthier food purchases at the grocery store, the simpler the nutritional labels, the better.