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‘Home Sweet Home’ more elusive for African Americans

African Americans are 45 percent more likely than whites to switch from owning their homes to renting them.

Brain scans predict PTSD risk after Boston bombing

The area of the brain that plays a primary role in emotional learning and the acquisition of fear may hold the key to who is most vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study with teenagers following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Future drugs could ‘entomb’ malaria parasite

Scientists may be able to “entomb” the malaria parasite, which would keep it from tapping into resources from surrounding cells and cause its death.

Why the Appalachian Mountains veer off course

A dense, underground block of rigid, volcanic rock forced a shift in the 1,500 mile Appalachian mountain chain as it formed millions of years ago.

Is cystic fibrosis two different diseases?

Cystic fibrosis could be considered two diseases—one that can affect multiple organs, including the lungs—and one that doesn’t affect the lungs at all, a new study shows.

Suicides decrease when cigarette tax goes up

In states that enacted higher taxes on cigarettes and stricter policies on smoking in public places, suicide rates declined up to 15 percent compared to the national average, a new study shows.

Kids teach this robot to play Angry Birds

Using an Android tablet and the video game Angry Birds, children can program a robot to learn new skills.

Loss of sleep after divorce can spike blood pressure

Divorce-related sleep problems may be partly to blame for significant health problems, including high blood pressure and even early death, research suggests.

Great Barrier Reef may face a deadly summer

Researchers fear this summer will bring an increase in coral death to the Great Barrier Reef, as the reef is at greater risk than ever from severe weather events.

Baby’s brain ‘rehearses’ before first words

New research shows that speech sounds stimulate areas of an infant’s brain that coordinate and plan for the physical movements needed for speech.

Busy emergency rooms better for sickest patients

If all emergency patients received the kind of care that the busiest emergency centers give, 24,000 fewer people would die each year, new research suggests.

Switzerland tops list of innovative economies

Switzerland has the most innovative economy, followed by the United Kingdom and Sweden, according to this year’s Global Innovation Index—a survey of 143 countries that uses 81 indicators to gauge innovation capabilities and measurable results.

Culture sets the tone when people ‘hear voices’

People suffering from schizophrenia may hear “voices”—auditory hallucinations—differently depending on their cultural context, according to new research.

Patients tell more secrets to virtual humans

Patients are more willing to disclose personal information to virtual humans than to actual ones, likely because computers don’t make judgments or look down on people the way another human might.

Walking on all fours isn’t ‘backward’ evolution

Five siblings in a family who live in a remote corner of Turkey walk exclusively on their hands and feet.

How a missile detector can stop malaria ‘in it’s tracks’

Scientists have found a new use for an anti-tank Javelin missile detector: to identify malaria parasites in blood.

Your ‘bestie’ is probably your distant cousin

People tend to pick friends who resemble them genetically. In fact, according to a new study, close friends are the genetic equivalent of fourth cousins, on average.

Love or lust? The eyes tell all

Where someone’s gaze falls could indicate almost instantly whether attraction is based on feelings of love or of lust.

Plant ‘library’ could help protect food supply

The first comprehensive library of genetic switches in plants will be available to scientists around the world.

The world’s first predator had a simple, wormlike brain

The world’s earliest known predator, which lived about 520 million years ago, had a brain the was far less complex than those found in some of its prey.