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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


Image shows vast, craterless plain of Pluto

The New Horizons team has released new images and videos of the towering mountains and newly revealed ice plains on Pluto.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World


Bad bosses are bad for your health

One head chef had a bad habit of throwing knives around the kitchen, in the direction of people that made him angry. Another woman's boss told her coworker she couldn't take a personal day to bring her dog to the emergency vet "because dogs are replaceable." Yet another boss...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire


Scientists find dinosaur with bird-like wings

Paleontologists working in China have found a new dinosaur with one of the most complex, well-preserved set of wings ever seen on a specimen of its size. In a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe Zhenyuanlong suni, a cousin of the famed Velociraptor...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World


NASA gets stunning images from Pluto mission

Earth: Meet Pluto.Scientists for NASA's New Horizons mission Wednesday shared some tantalizing early discoveries about Pluto — and the first piece of what will soon be a stunning photographic mosaic of the dwarf planet.The most detailed photo of Pluto ever...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Nation & World


50-million-year-old sperm found, by accident

Benjamin Bomfleur can't help but laugh a little when talking about this latest, record-setting discovery."A 50-million-year-old worm sperm from Antarctica?" he said between chuckles. "Who would have thought that's possible?"And yet, what...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Off the Wire


World’s real life vampires need psychotherapy, too

Vampires are real. No, not the impossibly perfect Cullens in the “Twilight” movies or tortured but well-dressed souls in CW shows. But human beings who self-identify as vampires and may drink blood or sleep in coffins. And these people need as much psychotherapy and medical help as the rest of...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Nation & World


Why the voyage to Pluto is important

It's a journey that's taken almost a decade, and it's going to pass in the blink of an eye. But it could unlock the secrets of the origin of the solar system.On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zip past Pluto at over 30,000 miles per hour, having traveled over 3...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Nation & World


IBM claims semiconductor breakthrough

NEW YORK — IBM says it has achieved a breakthrough in making computer chips even smaller, creating a test version of the world's first semiconductor that shrinks down the circuitry by overcoming "one of the grand challenges" of the tech industry.The...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire


Measurement shows what we’re doing to Earth

There's been a lot of news lately about the losses of ice from the planet's two gigantic ice sheets, Greenland and Antarctica. And not surprisingly, some people have found it very stunning — simply because the volumes of ice involved sound so huge.For instance, after I...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World


Mass shootings have become more frequent

Mass shootings such as that carried out Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C., not only seem to have become more commonplace: Research on injury prevention shows that they have become more frequent, and more deadly, over the last three decades.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Nation & World


Renewable energy outpaces fossil fuel

STOCKHOLM — The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World


Buoys along Olympic coast help scientists study ocean

NEAH BAY — Scientists are using underwater monitors to study water temperatures at various depths along Washington’s Olympic Coast.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Northwest


Chimps get protection from medical researchers

WASHINGTON — Wild chimpanzees have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for nearly a quarter century, but not captive chimps. Without that oversight, they have been held in pens, bought and sold for research, and poked, prodded and injected with potions to find cures that might benefit...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World


You’re more likely to cheat if your spouse earns more

Why husbands and wives cheat is one of the most difficult, painful and unanswerable questions of society. But a new study suggests, if not a reason for infidelity, an important piece of context.It turns out, according to the study in this month's issue of the American...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World


Problem drinking affects 14% of U.S. adults

CHICAGO — Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million adults and most have never sought treatment, according to a government survey that suggests rates have increased in recent years.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World


New Coke bottle made from plant material

MILWAUKEE — The first plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based materials made its debut Wednesday at the World Expo in Milan, Italy, the bottle's developers announced Wednesday.Virent Inc. of Madison, Wis., and Coca-Cola Co. announced that the bottle, made...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire


10% have skin woes after getting tattoos

More than 10 percent of people in New York who got tattoos reported skin conditions — from itching to infection — after they were inked, according to a new survey, with 6 percent saying the conditions lasted more than four months.If the survey of 300 people is...

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World


Fossils show new human forerunner

NEW YORK — A fossil find adds another twig to the human evolutionary tree, giving further evidence that the well-known “Lucy” species had company in what is now Ethiopia, a new study says.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World


New minimum wage: Let’s see what happens

Sometimes people ask me where I stand on economic policy. Am I a free-marketer or an interventionist? I tell them that I'm an identificationist.In statistics, "identification" just means separating two groups in order to tell if a treatment works. You give Group...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Business columnists


That cute new robot may take your job

Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse's station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire


Secret Boeing space plane lifts off

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A mysterious Boeing space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments.The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Nation & World


New ceramic a big boost for jet engines

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. — For nearly three decades Krishan Luthra stubbornly labored away in a General Electric research lab on a long-shot effort to cook up a new type of ceramic that few consumers will ever see or use.Now this obscure material, which is lightweight, strong...

Date: 05/16/2015 | Business Wire


Optimism overrated in search for success

WASHINGTON — “Reach for the stars” is the sort of uplifting advice parents impart on their children, coaches pass along to their players and people all over the place repeat to themselves. And for good reason: A life outlook that, generally speaking, assumes the best, has many tangible benefits.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Business Wire


Microsoft excites customers again

Something very weird is happening in the tech world: Microsoft looks cool again.The guileless, style-less suburban dad of digital America — maker of Clippy, Vista and the Zune — is suddenly intriguing developers, exciting customers and building things people...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire


Measles vaccine may have other benefits

LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Nation & World


Bill Nye the Science Guy evolves into Obama’s climate guy

“Shooting the messenger isn’t going to help you on climate change.”

Date: 04/26/2015 | Nation & World


Drilling sets off man-made earthquakes

LOS ANGELES — More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Business Wire


President Obama sounds climate change alarm

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — Amid lurking alligators and the steamy heat of Florida's Everglades, President Barack Obama on Wednesday sounded the alarm about damage from climate change he said was already wreaking mayhem in Florida and across the United States.In...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World


143 million in U.S. live in quake-prone areas

LOS ANGELES — More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.That's because more people have moved into the quake-prone West Coast and some quake zones were recently expanded, according to researchers from the...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World


Fact Check: Hillary Clinton on rich bosses

"There's something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker."— Hillary Clinton, roundtable in Monticello, Iowa, April 14, 2015This is a common talking point among Democrats — that corporate chief...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Nation & World


Type 2 diabetes, depression boost dementia risk

PITTSBURGH — It’s already known that people with Type 2 diabetes and those with depression each face a greater risk of dementia.But now a study published online Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry says people with both conditions face a risk of dementia higher than expected.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World


Study links childrens’ brain sizes to affluence

New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World


Cure for baldness might be plucking hair out

New research suggests that selective plucking may make sparse hair grow back thicker. In a study published Thursday in Cell, scientists inspired new hair growth in mice by yanking specific hairs out.That's because the trauma of a plucked hair elicits an immune response that...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Nation & World


Cellphones could help warn of earthquakes

Your smartphone is a camera, a calculator, a flashlight and a pedometer. Scientists believe it could be part of an earthquake early-warning system, too.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World


Shorter people have higher heart risk

When Randy Newman sang his tongue-in-cheek tune about short people, he called attention to their “little hands, little eyes” and their “little baby legs.” Nowhere does his 1978 hit mention that short people also have an increased risk of coronary artery disease.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World


Teens glued to Internet, study finds

Think teenagers are always glued to their phones? A new research report says you're right.A survey of more than 1,000 teens found 92 percent of them go online daily and 24 percent of them go online "almost constantly."The preferred method was...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World


Arctic could become major source of carbon emissions

WASHINGTON — As the frozen Arctic soil known as “permafrost” thaws, it could release large amounts of carbon - in the form of both carbon dioxide and methane - to the atmosphere. And this new source of greenhouse gas emissions could be large enough that it could substantially undermine attempts to...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Nation & World


9 percent in U.S. have anger issues, access to guns

WASHINGTON — Roughly 22 million Americans — 8.9 percent of the adult population — have impulsive anger issues and easy access to guns. 3.7 million of these angry gun owners routinely carry their guns in public. And very few of them are subject to current mental...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Nation & World


Autonomous cars could leave you queasy

DETROIT — From a technological perspective, the future of autonomous vehicles is bright.From a pragmatic perspective, there are a few basic human hurdles.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Business Wire


Mice sing like birds, but we can’t hear them

It's true: Mice actually sing, especially when they're looking for mates. That's not anything new. But unlike birdsong, mouse-song is much too high-pitched for humans to hear. So no, it's not exactly Cinderella-esque. But it is shockingly intricate.In a new study published...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World


Whites more likely to OK use of force by police

WASHINGTON — Whites in the United States approve of police officers hitting people in far greater numbers than blacks and Hispanics do, at a time when the country is struggling to deal with police use of deadly force against men of color, according to a major American trend survey.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World


Too much iced tea caused kidney woes

NEW YORK — Doctors traced an Arkansas man’s kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Off the Wire


Antarctic ice shelves melting 70 percent faster in last decade,

The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, a new study shows.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Nation & World


2 termite species mate, create new menace

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Their love crossed the barrier between species, and now a new kind of termite may be chewing its way through South Florida’s houses.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World


Before dinosaurs, ‘Carolina Butcher’ was top predator here

A new species found in North Carolina is one of the oldest and largest crocodile relatives ever known.Back before dinosaurs were the big bads of our continent, Carnufex carolinensis ruled the scene. At nine feet long and walking on its hind legs, this croc would have been a...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World


Inspectors: Seattle research institute hurt animals in tests

SEATTLE — Animals used in experiments at Seattle Children’s Research Institute were denied proper care, according to inspection reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest


Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen

LONDON — One of the world’s most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World


‘Goldilocks planets’ abound in our galaxy

For a planet to have liquid water — something necessary to support life as we know it — it has to be within a certain distance of its star. Too close, and the water burns up. Too far away, and it's a frozen wasteland. But according to new research, most stars in the galaxy...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Nation & World


How would you define ‘rich?’

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans — 54 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll last year — favor raising taxes on the wealthy to expand programs for the poor. The problem with this, from a policy standpoint, is that nearly everybody thinks “rich people” are those who make more money...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World


Survey finds low confidence in government

WASHINGTON — Americans’ confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World


Bird flu could become ‘pandemic’ threat to humans

The virus causing a second wave of bird flu across China has mutated frequently and “should be considered as a major candidate to emerge as a pandemic strain in humans,” researchers reported Wednesday.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World


Men more narcissistic than women, study finds

Depressing news from the world of psychology: Nearly every stereotype about the gender gap with regards to narcissism, ambition and leadership is right.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World


Alzheimer’s changes evident in young brains

Scientists know that Alzheimer’s disease gains a foothold in a patient’s brain years before he or she first stashes car keys in the freezer, or gets lost coming home from the store. But a new study suggests that the changes in the brain that set the stage for Alzheimer’s may start decades — indeed...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Nation & World


Are U.S. millennials slackers in tech skills?

WASHINGTON — There was this test. And it was daunting. It was like the SAT or ACT — which many American millennials are no doubt familiar with, as they are on track to be the best educated generation in history — except this test was not about getting into college.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Business Wire


Making cancer a fair fight

Viewpoints: Stop looking for one 'cure'

Date: 03/01/2015 | Commentary


Two-thirds of smokers will die early

Two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-triggered illness — unless they choose to kick the habit, according to new research from Australia.The study of more than 200,000 people, published this week in BMC medicine, found about 67 percent of smokers perished...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World


Stomach bug C-diff common in U.S.

ATLANTA — A nasty intestinal bug sickens nearly twice as many Americans each year as was previously thought, according to the largest U.S. study to look at the problem.The germ — Clostridium difficile, or C-diff — flourishes in the gut after antibiotics...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Nation & World


California bird species host Lyme disease

Ticks carrying the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease are infesting Northern California's birds and may be hitching rides on them into suburban settings, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, study.The tick-borne spirochete scientists know as Borrelia...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Nation & World


Top Navy scientist John Craven dies at 90

John P. Craven, a top scientist for the Navy during the Cold War, who oversaw many undersea weaponry and research programs, including efforts to retrieve a missing hyrdrogen bomb and to spy on the Soviet Union, died Feb. 12 at his home in Honolulu. He was 90.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Nation & World


New virus linked to death after tick bite

WASHINGTON — U.S health officials are investigating a new strain of virus linked to the death of a Kansas man who fell ill after being bitten by a tick, then went into organ failure and died about two weeks later.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World


FDA warns of peanuts found in cumin

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Nation & World


Bald eagles face bacteria serial killer

Working late in a tiny Arkansas lab, Susan Wilde found herself alone with a killer.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Nation & World


Revealed: Why pot causes the munchies

Using marijuana on a full stomach might still cause the munchies, flipping a switch in the brain that usually tells the body it’s not hungry, a study found.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Nation & World


Stoned drivers safer than drunk ones

WASHINGTON — A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive...

Date: 02/15/2015 | Nation & World


World dumps 8 million tons of plastics into oceans

SAN JOSE, California — Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World


Bigger, longer droughts expected in West

WASHINGTON — The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what's coming: a "megadrought" that will grip that region and the central plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says.Thirty-five...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World


Couples who flaunt relationships on Facebook actually are happy

Here’s some bummer news well-suited to the year’s most bummer holiday: All those obnoxiously couple-y Facebook couples, forever flaunting their “ussies” and “in a relationship” statuses, may actually be as blessed and happy as they say.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Nation & World


New college students getting serious

College freshmen nowadays recall spending much less time partying and drinking alcohol in their last year of high school than their predecessors, according to a new national survey.They are also very focused on the economic value of a college diploma, and large numbers say...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Nation & World


Scientists abandon Big Bang study data

NEW YORK — Scientists who made headlines last March by announcing that they'd found long-sought evidence about the early universe are now abandoning that claim.New data show that their cosmic observations no longer back up that conclusion, they say.The...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Nation & World


Rosetta reveals complex world hurtling toward sun

Rosetta’s journey with a comet has already revealed a dark world far more complex than scientists had realized.

Date: 01/25/2015 | Nation & World


Sea otter conceived in wild is 1st born in captivity

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A sea otter impregnated in the wild has given birth at the University of California, Santa Cruz, allowing researchers a rare look at a nursing mother.The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports Friday that it's the first time a sea otter pup conceived in the...

Date: 01/24/2015 | Nation & World


Study debunks inner-city asthma link

For more than 50 years, the conventional wisdom about asthma has been that it thrives in poor, densely populated urban areas. Researchers have even gone so far as to declare an “inner-city asthma epidemic.” But they’ve never actually checked whether asthma is more common in city centers than in...

Date: 01/22/2015 | Nation & World


Boeing, UW open new research center

SEATTLE — Boeing and the University of Washington cut the ribbon Monday on a new research facility at the school’s Seattle campus.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Voting with your remote

Viewpoints: Your news source may influence your politics

Date: 01/18/2015 | Commentary


Scientists: Great Lakes teeming with plastic fibers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other products.

Date: 01/11/2015 | Nation & World


Middle age slightly less terrible when married

Researchers have shown that over the course of a lifetime, happiness generally follows a U-shaped curve: Happiness is high when you’re young, dips in middle age and rises again going into your golden years.

Date: 01/11/2015 | Nation & World


Poker program knows when to hold ’em, fold ’em

A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful to help decision-making in medicine and other areas.The program considered 24 trillion...

Date: 01/11/2015 | Nation & World


Cancer experts target e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same taxes, marketing restrictions and limitations on public use as traditional tobacco products, according to new guidance from cancer experts.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Nation & World


New antibiotic could kill superbugs

With bacteria evolving to resist antibiotics faster than scientists can concoct new drugs, the fight against resistant infections in hospitals and food supplies is a tough one to win. But a newly discovered antibiotic may prove irresistible to bacteria.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Nation & World


As ice melts, polar bears migrate north

It was just a theory, but for years scientists believed what years of observation was telling them. As Arctic sea ice melted because of climate change, polar bears appeared to be inching their way toward a final refuge in the icy Canadian archipelago.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Nation & World


Guns fly off shelves near Ferguson

The firearms have been flying at County Guns. Located just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, this small gun shop has seen a flood of customers looking to buy that first handgun or maybe a backup Glock for the car or Mossberg shotgun for home protection.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Nation & World


Shoppers want ‘simple’ more than connectivity

If tech firms have their way, everything you use daily, from your toothbrush to your car, will one day be connected to the Internet.At this year's International CES — the consumer tech industry's annual Las Vegas confab — you can't go more than a few steps...

Date: 01/08/2015 | Business Wire


Perovskites offer cheaper solar power

NEWYORK — Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun's rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say.Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites,...

Date: 01/08/2015 | Business Wire


New crop of drones won’t knock before entering

At some point in the near future, the first clue that an Osama bin Laden might have that he's been tracked down inside his Abbottabad compound might not be the sound of helicopters outside, but the buzzing of a bird-size drone in his bedroom doorway. The Defense Department's Defense...

Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World




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