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Urine test might detect brain injury from blasts


About one in five wounded soldiers suffers from traumatic brain injury, and an estimated 52 percent of those injuries are blast-induced neurotrauma.

Deep trenches in Pacific are younger than we thought


Parts of the deep trenches in the Pacific Ocean are much “younger”—by as much as 50 million years—than previously believed.

Solar device shatters records for splitting water


A new “artificial leaf” system that uses solar energy to split water can safely and efficiently create hydrogen fuel.

You can start a job and learn to love it later


Contrary to popular wisdom, you don’t have to fall in love at first sight with a potential job. There’s more than one way to get a passion for your work.

After abuse, women face doubts they’ll be good moms


Mothers who were abused as children may be less confident in their parenting skills—and may in turn abuse their own children.

A third of vaping parents don’t lock up liquid


E-cigarettes have grown much more popular in the United States in recent years, and calls to poison centers about them have also gone up.

Modified bacteria work together in a living circuit


A living circuit made from multiple types of bacteria can prompt the bacteria to cooperate to change protein expression.

3 reasons young gay men don’t get tested for HIV


Young gay men have the highest risk for HIV infection, but only one in five has ever been tested. Researchers say the greatest barriers to teens getting tested are not knowing where to go to get a test, worries about being recognized, and—to a lesser degree—thinking they’re invincible and won’t get infected.

Girls prefer computer science without the geek chic


Three times as many high school girls said they wanted to take a computer science class when shown a less “geeky”  classroom.

Hidden ice blamed for crazy crater on Mars


A “crazy-looking” crater on Mars caught the attention of scientists. A simple calculation cleared up how it got its strange shape, but also raised a few questions about past weather on Mars.

Insurers deny drugs to 1 in 4 with hepatitis C


Nearly 1 in 4 people with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are denied initial approval of medications that treat the most common strain of the infection.

Quitting smoking improves life after heart attack


A new study shows that quitting smoking after a heart attack has immediate benefits, including less chest pain, better quality of daily life, and improved mental health.

Algorithm is a ‘toy’ version of a robot scientist


Biophysicists have gotten us a small step closer to an automated method to infer models describing a system’s dynamics—a so-called robot scientist.

To save oysters in the future, dig up their past


Marine restoration scientists are using a new but very old tool to boost the survival of oysters and help restore their reef homes: paleontological history.

Why physicists are so excited about ‘neutrino effect’


In reality, science is often about finding that some detail of the universe works the way we had already predicted, and for scientists that’s pretty cool.

Mutations after chemo signal deadly leukemia


Mutations may explain why some people with leukemia are more likely to relapse or die after chemotherapy.

Pigments stick around in fossil feathers


Can scientists really figure out the coloration of long-lost animals? It could be possible, according to chemical evidence that the fossilized remains of a bird-like dinosaur still harbor melanosomes and the pigment they produced.

Our working memory stinks, but new brain network helps


Humans have lots of remarkable skills: we write novels, build bridges, and compose symphonies. But despite all that, we have a surprising deficit: our working memory can track only four items at one time.

Purple potatoes slow colon cancer in mice


Compounds found in purple potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumors in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer’s stem cells.

Meerkat moms do it all and host parasites, too


The dominant matriarchs of the meerkat world carry a heavy burden. Not only do they need to constantly scold and cajole rowdy members of the tribe to maintain their perch as the primary breeders and enforcers of the clan, but they also play host to more parasites.


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