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Some forests don’t help stop climate change

Forests play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, helping to mitigate climate change by storing carbon that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere. So maintaining sustainable forest management practices that maximize the trees’ ability to act as a carbon sink - for example, planting more...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

After Texas cuts, poor women have more babies

The state of Texas’ sustained campaign against Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers appears to have led to an increase in births among low-income women who lost access to affordable and effective birth control, a new study says.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World

Scientists switch on nuclear fusion experiment

GREIFSWALD, Germany — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World

Zika virus spreads through sexual transmission

Dallas health officials said Tuesday that a local resident was infected with the Zika virus by having sex with a person who had contracted the disease while traveling in Venezuela.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Nation & World

Scientists dub dinosaur as the ‘dragon robber’

When you’re a newly discovered species, a snazzy name can take you pretty far. Case in point: Dracoraptor hanigani, aka the dragon robber.

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World

Combined weight of climate data impossible to ignore

For those still unconvinced about the reality of climate change, the year that just ended should erase any doubt. Climate data from the air, land and water all reveal an indisputable portrait of a warming world.On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Commentary

There’s another planet out there - we just can’t see it

Astronomers said they’ve found evidence that our solar system may hold another giant planet, hidden in the dark, distant badlands far beyond Neptune’s orbit.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World

Who should we believe: Big Oil or scientists?

I read with great interest Mr. Rash's guest commentary in Saturday's Herald, "There are no climate deniers, only skeptics of doomsayers," and it raised a lot of questions for me that maybe he could...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Commentary

Government revises dietary guidelines for Americans

WASHINGTON - The federal government Thursday told Americans not to worry so much about cholesterol in their diets, that lots of coffee is fine and that skipping breakfast is no longer considered a health hazard.The recommendations were part of a new "Dietary Guidelines...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Nation & World

Clams are off the table

Restarting digging at Kayak Point Park not logical for now

Date: 01/07/2016 | Local News

Money from wealthy donors benefitting progressive enclaves

As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good. One school says to increase taxes on billionaires and let our elected officials spend the revenues on worthy projects. That's involuntary giving, and the...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Space travel has reached escape velocity from government

Fractured and divided as we are, on one thing we can agree: 2015 was a miserable year. The only cheer was provided by Lincoln Chafee and the Pluto flyby (two separate phenomena), as well as one seminal aeronautical breakthrough.On Dec. 21, Elon Musk's SpaceX, after launching...

Date: 01/01/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Home births entail significantly increased risk

Couples that plan to have their babies at home instead of in a hospital take on a slightly increased risk of serious complications for their newborns, including death, a new study shows.

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World

President Obama’s skin looks different in GOP ads

WASHINGTON— A new study shows that negative ads targeting President Obama in 2008 depicted him with very dark skin, and that these images would have appealed to some viewers’ racial biases.

Date: 12/30/2015 | Nation & World

Nothing worked: Stocks, bonds, cash go nowhere

NEW YORK — The idea behind asset allocation is simple: when one market struggles, it’s OK because an investor can jump into another that is thriving. Not so in 2015.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Business Wire

Study: Women give up on in vitro fertilization too soon

Too many women give up on in vitro fertilization too soon, a new study suggests.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Nation & World

Pot-growing operations tax U.S. energy grids

DENVER — Pot’s not green.The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.

Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World

Some consumers are ‘harbingers of failure’

Do you still think Pepsi made a huge mistake by taking Diet Crystal Pepsi off the market? Did you love McDonald’s Arch Deluxe, Frito-Lay Lemonade, Colgate Kitchen Entrees, and Watermelon Oreos? If so, you’re probably a “Harbinger of Failure” — a consumer whose taste is so unusual that companies can...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire

Blacks worry more than whites about gun violence

WASHINGTON — The gun control debate often plays out in monolithic fashion in this country. The traditional understanding is that there's one overarching problem — gun violence — that can be addressed by a more or less uniform set of solutions: better background checks,...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World

Greenland Ice Sheet is shrinking at a high rate

The Greenland Ice Sheet has lost about 9,013 gigatonnes of water ice from 1900 to 2010 — and it’s dropping mass today at an increasing rate, an international team of scientists say. From 2003 to 2010, the ice sheet lost mass at a rate more than twice the rate during the entire 20th century, a new...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World

Rising lake temperatures may worsen algae blooms

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some of the world’s biggest temperature jumps are happening in lakes — an ominous sign that suggests problems such as harmful algae blooms and low-oxygen zones hazardous to fish will get worse, says a newly released scientific report.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World

Guns now kill as many people as cars in U.S.

WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than 60 years, firearms and automobiles are killing Americans at an identical rate, according to new mortality data released this month by the CDC. In 2014, the age-adjusted death rate for both firearms (including homicides, suicides and accidental deaths)...

Date: 12/18/2015 | Nation & World

Report reveals pilots' 241 near collisions with drones

WASHINGTON — There has yet to be a confirmed U.S. collision between a drone and a manned aircraft, but there's a growing number of close calls as drones fly where they least belong — near airports.A report released Friday counted at least 241 reports of close...

Date: 12/12/2015 | Business Wire

Who will be able to afford college in a decade? Hardly anyone

For much of the 1990s and the first decade of this century, college enrollment in the United States surged as the number of high school graduates ticked upward thanks to the Baby Boom Echo.The rise in the number of students on college campuses was propelled in part by...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

College degree was worth something after recession

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Great Recession, a meme took hold: That of the overeducated barista, unable to find a job in her field, working instead in a low or middle-skilled position just to get by. By 2011, more than half of college graduates under age 25 were jobless or...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire

End ban on gun-violence research, doctors urge

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday morning, a group of doctors in white coats arrived on Capitol Hill to deliver a petition to Congress. Signed by more than 2,000 physicians around the country, it pleads with lawmakers to lift a restriction that for nearly two decades has essentially blocked the Centers for...

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World

Trouble quitting smoking? It may be your DNA

Smokers who have tried and failed to kick their deadly habit might be able to blame their DNA.

Date: 12/02/2015 | Nation & World

Young white people lose faith in the American Dream

WASHINGTON — It’s about as hard for a 20-something worker to find a job today as it was in 1986. The economy is growing at a slightly slower pace, but not by much. And yet young workers today are significantly more pessimistic about the possibility of success in America than their counterparts were...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Nation & World

Label genetically modified salmon

Salmon hold sacred status in the Pacific Northwest, literally for the people of the region's Indian nations. But the rest of us, specifically those who fish for salmon and those who serve them at family meals, also regard the fish as part of our heritage.So it's not hard to...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Editorials

Black hole swallows star — and burps

Astronomers have caught black holes in the act of murdering stars before. But a study published Thursday in Science claims to have caught a step in the crime that has remained elusive until now.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Climate change triggers new fears of diseases

DALLAS — Winter was oddly mild in northern Texas in 2012, a year that saw few snowflakes and barely any ice. When the cold failed to show up, the spring mosquitoes arrived in droves, carrying disease.The insects multiplied during an unusually muggy May, when...

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Hidden rooms likely at King Tut tomb, Egypt says

CAIRO — Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.Researchers said the discovery of a new chamber could...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Nation & World

Uncle Sam flunks government, survey finds

If Uncle Sam were in school, he’d flunk government.His report card, in the form of a Pew Research Center survey, found “Americans’ overall views of the federal government are very negative.”

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Yet another study debunks the global warming ‘pause’

Even as Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, continues to investigate a high profile study from federal scientists debunking the idea of a global warming slowdown or “pause,” a new study reaches the same conclusion — in a different yet...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

What’s the best day to shop for gifts online?

The holiday shopping season is about to begin in full force. But you may not want to wait until Black Friday to start hunting for deals — especially if you’re shopping online.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire

More Mexicans leave the U.S. than enter

SAN DIEGO — More Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday.The Pew Research Center found that slightly more than 1 million Mexicans and their families,...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

Inca boy’s DNA shows how humans spread to South America

It sounds like something straight out of a "Hunger Games" novel: The rulers of a sprawling empire select beautiful children from throughout their vast territories and kill them in a ritualistic event to reinforce their power.During the Inca civilization, which...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

What happens after you down an energy drink?

There’s been a lot of controversy about caffeine-spiked energy drinks in recent years following a spate of deaths and overdoses related to the beverages.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

American children with autism may have been undercounted

As many as 1 in 45 American children may have autism spectrum disorder, according to a new government study that suggests the prevalence of the condition may have been undercounted for years.Data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey reveal that as many as 2.24...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Space mining might cost less than a gas plant on Earth

Getting a mine up and running on the moon or an asteroid would cost less than building the biggest gas terminals on Earth, according to research presented to a forum of company executives and NASA scientists.A mission to Ceres, a dwarf planet 257 million miles from the Sun...

Date: 11/09/2015 | Nation & World

Newfound raptor was a lethal predator

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Tyrannosaurus rex may have been known as the big guy around the Hell Creek Formation 66 million years ago, but a newly discovered species of raptor would have roamed nearby as one of the region's most lethal predators.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Marijuana is least of drug worries, police say

WASHINGTON - America's cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's "2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary."The DEA...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Nation & World

NASA can track oceans from space. What they see is troubling

There has been growing concern, of late, that one predicted consequence of a changing climate — the slowing of the great “overturning” circulation in the Atlantic Ocean — is already starting to happen.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Nation & World

Half of black millennials know of abuse by police

WASHINGTON — Long before the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

States link student learning to teacher reviews

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores — up sharply from six years ago. And in many states, those performance reviews could lead to a pink slip.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Human poop could yield up to $9.5 billion

A group of researchers just put a price-tag on poop: extracting biogas from the world's annual human waste output could be worth the equivalent of up to $9.5 billion in natural gas, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Off the Wire

Experts urge reassessment of breast cancer screening

Although women have been getting mammograms for decades, the incidence of metastatic breast cancer — the kind that has already spread to another organ by the time it is found — has remained essentially unchanged since 1975. Data from the National Cancer Institute show that the rate of new cases has...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Tyrannosaurus dinosaurs probably ate each other

Most of us don’t think the tyrannosaur was a sweet, cuddly and mild-natured creature. Well, here’s some evidence bolstering our ferocious image of the dinosaur: researchers stumbled upon a new bone they say strongly suggests tyrannosaur cannibalism.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

Case for year-round daylight saving just got stronger

Making daylight saving time permanent — by never "falling back" again — could save the country billions a year in social costs by reducing rapes and robberies that take place in the evening hours, according to a forthcoming paper by researchers at the Brookings...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

Oxygen in comet challenges solar-system theories

BERLIN — Scientists say they have detected significant amounts of molecular oxygen coming out of a comet, an unexpected find that may have implications for the search for alien life and understanding how the solar system formed.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Dems urge Obama to fund earthquake-warning system

WASHINGTON — Thirty-six members of Congress from Western states asked President Barack Obama on Wednesday for $16.1 million to complete an earthquake early-warning system being developed by scientists in Southern California and along the West Coast.Reps. Adam Schiff,...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Study: Want a younger brain? Eat fish, stay away from meat

Following a Mediterranean diet high in fish and low in meat may slow down the signs of aging in your brain, according to a new study.Researchers found that among 684 elderly people with an average age of 80, those who stuck more closely to a Mediterranean diet that includes...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World

Scientists watch as black hole obliterates star

A star has just been ripped apart by a black hole several million times the mass of our own sun.

Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World

Bigfoot believers gather at New York retreat

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Bigfoot believers gathered Saturday in western New York, convinced the legendary Sasquatch has left its footprints all over the region.About 100 people sported buttons saying “I believe” and swapped stories at the fourth annual Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

The average gun owner now owns 8 guns

There are nearly twice as many guns in the average gun-owning household today as there were 20 years ago, according to new Wonkblog estimates based data from surveys and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In 2013, there were an estimated 8.1 firearms in the typical gun-owning...

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Our ancestors were just as sleep-deprived as we are

If you ever wish you could live in a simpler time when the pressures of modern life didn't make you feel sleep-deprived, scientists have two words for you: Dream on.A new study of three preindustrial societies reveals that our early human ancestors probably got about the...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Ancient Chinese teeth could rewrite human history

A set of 47 human teeth found in China is giving scientists a lot to chew on. The teeth have been dated as at least 80,000 years old — perhaps even older. The problem with that is that most researchers believe humans only left Africa for the first time around 60,000 years ago. And...

Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World

Antioxidants may help cancer cells grow, study finds

Since the term “antioxidants” made the leap from the realm of biochemistry labs and into the public consciousness in the 1990s, Americans have come to believe that more is better when it comes to consuming the substance that comes in things like acai berries, green tea and leafy veggies.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Nation & World

First ancient African genome reveals complex migrations

Africa is considered to be the birthplace of humankind. But because its climate is poorly suited for DNA preservation, all of the ancient genomes to be analyzed have been from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. That changed Thursday, when researchers published a paper in Science...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

What are the ‘ethics’ of self-driving cars?

PALO ALTO, Calif. — It's nothing more than a dune buggy on a cordoned-off street, but it's headed for trouble.A jumble of sawhorses and traffic cones simulates a road crew working over a manhole, and the driverless car must decide: obey the law against crossing a...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Police often block access to body camera videos

Autumn Steele and her husband, Gabriel, were fighting again, so he called 911. A police officer sped to their home, pulled out his gun and then - frightened by the family dog - opened fire, killing Autumn with a bullet to her chest.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Black Death may be locked in ancient flea

Scientists may have found the oldest-ever evidence of the bubonic plague, locked away in an ancient flea trapped in amber.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Asians to become largest U.S. immigrant group

WASHINGTON — In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new study of immigration patterns.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Nation & World

Some millennials dig into news, contrary to stereotype

WASHINGTON — Don’t believe everything you see tweeted, shared or posted about the millennial generation being uninformed.A sizable group of these young adults — 4 of every 10 — actively seeks out the news, an analysis of their media habits finds.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Business Wire

One reason women aren’t promoted: They don’t want it

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions for plenty of reasons: They're stereotyped as being less competent than men, they aren't as aggressive, and there's a perception that they can't lead and raise a family at the same time. Now, research from Harvard Business School adds...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

Scientists worry about cold ‘blob’ in Atlantic Ocean

It is, for our home planet, an extremely warm year.Indeed, last week we learned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the first eight months of 2015 were the hottest such stretch yet recorded for the globe's surface land and oceans, based on...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Holiday sales growth seen slowing as pay stays stagnant

NEW YORK — Retail sales may increase as much as 4 percent this holiday season, less than last year’s gain, as shoppers’ wages remain stagnant, according to Deloitte LLP.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Americans see Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush as presidential

NEW YORK — When it comes to Americans envisioning a 2016 presidential candidate moving into the White House, Hillary Clinton has the edge.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Nation & World

Americans toss out five pounds of garbage a day

WASHINGTON — Americans are sending more than twice as much trash to landfills as the federal government has estimated, according to a new study.It turns out that on average America tosses five pounds of trash per person per day into its landfills, according to an...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. household wealth hits new high of $85.7 trillion

WASHINGTON — Rising home values drove a modest increase in Americans' household wealth to a new high of $85.7 trillion in the April-June quarter.The Federal Reserve said Friday that Americans' stock portfolios climbed $61 billion in value, while housing wealth...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Business Wire

Why do the rich clean up on entitlements?

WASHINGTON — Wealthy and middle-class Baby Boomers can expect to live substantially longer than their parents' generation. Meanwhile, life expectancy for the poor hasn't increased and may even be declining, according to a report published this week by several leading...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World

New flu vaccines should work better than last year’s

With the annual flu season approaching, federal officials said Thursday that the flu vaccines available in North America this year are a good match to the influenza viruses that are actually on the loose in the United States.

Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World

Study backs more aggressive blood pressure treatment

WASHINGTON — Aiming lower saves more lives when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, says a major new study that could spur doctors to more aggressively treat patients over 50.Patients who got their blood pressure well below today's usually recommended level...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

Longer school lunch more healthful, study says

In the continuing quest to improve the health quotient of school lunches, experts have proposed fancy chefs, cutesy lunch boxes and smiley-faced stickers. Now comes a more straightforward suggestion - just make the lunch period longer.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

Atheists, agnostics well represented at Harvard

How religious are America’s best and brightest?

Date: 09/12/2015 | Nation & World

New Pluto photos show jumbled mountains, possible dunes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The spigot has opened again, and Pluto pictures are pouring in once more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.These newest snapshots reveal an even more diverse landscape than scientists imagined before New Horizons swept past Pluto in July,...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Nation & World

Marines: Women injured more often, shoot less accurately

Women in a new Marine Corps unit created to assess how female service members perform in combat were injured twice as often as men, less accurate with infantry weapons and not as good at removing wounded troops from the battlefield, according to the results of a long-awaited study produced by the...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Nation & World

Alzheimer’s disease may be transmittable

A new study suggests that the precursor of an abnormal protein that triggers Alzheimer's disease could perhaps be transmitted from person to person through the transfer of tissue or certain specialized medical or surgical procedures, its authors said.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World

More coastal nuisance flooding likely

WASHINGTON — Federal scientists said Wednesday they expect nuisance flooding to increase in many places along the nation’s coasts in coming months.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World

Good science comes from highly-scrutinized results

A study in the journal Science confirms that not every report published in a top-flight academic journal can be taken as gospel, no matter how much you might want the reported findings to be true. Researchers tried to reproduce the results from 100 studies printed in three major psychology journals...

Date: 09/07/2015 | Commentary

Vitamin C supplements can mimic some exercise effects

Overweight and obese people who take a high-dose of supplementary Vitamin C daily may get some of the cardiovascular benefits of exercise without the exercise, new research has found.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Nation & World

Japan to hunt whales off northern coast

TOKYO — Japan will hunt whales off the northern island of Hokkaido this week with plans to catch up to 51 minks despite international criticism, the government said Wednesday.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Nation & World

How Americans feel about stronger gun laws

Two journalists in Virginia gunned down on live television by a man who also injured a third person. Two women shot and killed, along with nine other people who were injured and survived, inside a Louisiana movie theater. Nine parishioners massacred inside a South Carolina church.

Date: 08/29/2015 | Nation & World

New cars getting a crash prevention boost

More cars are coming equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said 52 percent of the 784...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Business Wire

Boaters survey the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

SAN FRANCISCO — Far away from California’s coast, where the Pacific Ocean currents swirl, the blue of the sea was replaced by fishing nets, buckets, buoys, laundry baskets and unidentifiable pieces of plastic that floated past the Ocean Star, a ship carrying a team of scientists and volunteers...

Date: 08/24/2015 | Nation & World

As groundwater pumps run, California is sinking

FRESNO, Calif. — Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, state officials said Wednesday, citing new research by NASA scientists.The data shows the ground is...

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Few Catholics know of pope’s climate views

NEW YORK — A new survey has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis' bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change — and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit — in the month after he released the document with an...

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

FDA approves ‘pink Viagra’ drug for women

For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its blessing to a prescription drug intended to increase sexual desire in women.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Nation & World

LED lightbulb savings outshine solar and wind power

Utility and power grid managers in the United States are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs.The nation's largest grid, serving more than 61 million customers from Washington to Chicago, is...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire

DNA proves President Harding had a love child

DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with long-rumored...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Nation & World

For men on testosterone, some good news and bad

New research offers both reassurance and disappointing news to men who take testosterone supplements to improve their energy levels, libido and general health: The popular therapy does not appear to hasten progression of cardiovascular disease; neither, however, does it appear to improve sexual...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World

Making the most of a 'rare earth' opportunity

Along with being great Scrabble words, rare earth elements — with names like europium. promethium and scandium — are key components in our cellphones and other consumer electronics as...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Editorials

Scientists hone computer model to predict flu outbreaks

There’s no shortage of experts monitoring influenza outbreaks around the globe.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Hitchhiking robot destroyed in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair on...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

New bug-inspired robot can jump off of water

Jumping on water is hard. Heck, walking on water is hard. Floating on water is hard. Some animals — especially insects — can manage a water-based jump, but only through impressive feats of bio-engineering perfected by evolution.Just think about the mechanics of...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Quality boosts age of cars on U.S. roads

Automakers say they are building the best cars ever, and there's proof on the road. The average age of vehicles in the U.S. has climbed to a record 11.5 years, according to research firm IHS Automotive.The age continues to creep up even though new car sales are at near...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire

Don’t blame economy: More millennials living at home

The economy might be recovering, but millennials are increasingly living with their parents, one survey says.According to the report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, the nation's 18- to 34-year-old population is less likely to be living independently of their...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire

Scientists see progress in treating dementia

WASHINGTON — More than 4,000 scientists from around the world will gather in Washington this week to share the latest findings and ideas on Alzheimer's disease, with some saying that the odds of finding effective treatments look promising even as an aging society increases the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Kindergartners’ social skills could predict future success

Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

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