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Skull DNA Fills In Picture Of Rome-invading Barbarians
DNA samples are giving scientists a clearer picture of 6th-century barbarian migrations, according to new research. By taking extensive DNA samples from the skulls of individuals buried in two European cemeteries—one in Italy and one in Hungary—and c
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Tiny Crystals Could Slash The Cost Of X-rays
Researchers have developed a highly-sensitive kind of X-ray flat panel detector using cheaper materials than current detectors. Since the 1890s, X-ray imaging technology has been widely used for many applications, including medical diagnostics, homel
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In-class Exercise Breaks Gets Kids Up And Moving
Two-minute bursts of in-class exercise sessions increase the amount of daily physical activity for elementary children without hurting math performance, a series of studies show. As childhood obesity rates rise and physical education offerings dwindl
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Is It Possible To Stop Turkey’s Economic Meltdown?
Turkey is in the middle of an economic crisis. Can anything be done to stave off financial disaster? The country’s currency, the lira, has fallen nearly 40 percent against the dollar since the start of the year. Double-digit inflation has sent prices
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Junk Food Quitters Face Withdrawal-like Symptoms
If you plan to try and quit eating junk food, expect to suffer similar withdrawal-type symptoms—at least during the initial week—that addicts experience when they attempt to quit using drugs, according to new research. The new study is believed to be
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These Words Make Kids More Helpful And Persistent
Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, according to a new study. The findings suggest that using verbs to talk about actions
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Elephant Tusk DNA Clues Lead To Ivory Poacher ‘Hotspots’
DNA test results of large seizures of elephant ivory by law enforcement have linked multiple shipments to the same network of dealers, according to a new study. The international trade in elephant ivory has been illegal since 1989, but African elepha
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How Climate Change Could Derail Fish Farmers
Aquaculture, the cultivation of fish and other aquatic species, is the world’s fastest growing food sector, but preparing for climate change is vital for future generations of aquafarmers to succeed, according to new research. The study explores how
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What Disasters Like Hurricane Florence Teach Policymakers
Town and city leaders are working to get operations running again after Hurricane Florence. The next step will be to think about what their communities can do differently so the next big weather event doesn’t cause as many problems. Elizabeth Albrigh
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Mouth Bacteria May Predict Child’s Obesity Risk
The kind of oral bacteria—even the good kind—in a two-year-old’s mouth may predict their weight gain, a new study reports. The findings suggest this understudied collection of microorganisms could serve as an early indicator for childhood obesity, ac
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7 Ways Michigan’s Medicaid Expansion Paid Off Financially
When low-income Michigan residents enrolled in an expanded Medicaid program, many got more than just coverage for their health needs—they also got a boost to their wallets, according to a new study. People who enrolled in the state’s new health plan
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Strange, Long-lasting Stellar Explosion Births New Star
Scientists have witnessed the birth of a new star from a strange stellar explosion. The explosions of stars, known as supernovae, can be so bright they outshine their host galaxies. They take months or years to fade away, and sometimes, the gaseous r
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Drug Fights Liver Cancer With Fewer Side Effects
Researchers have developed a new drug called FFW that could potentially stop the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or primary liver cancer. The discovery opens the door for more effective treatments with fewer side effects. HCC is a fast-
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The Way Plants Get Nutrients Could Fight Weeds
Researchers have figured out how plants harness microbes in the soil to get nutrients, according to a new study. What they learned could help boost crop growth, fight weeds, and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. In a process the
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Family’s ‘Genetic Background’ Sheds Light On Autism Symptoms
The total amount of rare mutations—deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence—in a person’s genome can explain why individuals with a disease-associated mutation can have vastly different symptoms, according to new research. Whethe
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Scientists Catch Higgs Boson Particle’s Most Common Decay
CERN researchers have observed the Higgs boson particle transforming into bottom quarks as it decays. Scientists predict this is the most common way for Higgs bosons to decay, yet it was a difficult signal to isolate because background processes clos
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Oldest Animal Is Bizarre, But A Lot Like Modern Critters
Scientists are learning a lot more about Earth’s first visible animal: the 570-540-million-year-old, enigmatic Ediacara biota. Ediacaran fossils have a slightly bizarre appearance no modern animal groups share. For decades, researchers thought the fo
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Environmental DNA Sniffs Out Sharks
A white shark’s acute sense of smell allows it to detect a potential meal several miles away. Now, using environmental DNA (eDNA), scientists—and someday, perhaps, any curious person—can sniff them out as well, according to new research. “One of the
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Pancreas Forms Ducts Like A River Network
When rivers are formed and branch into smaller streams, the streams with the strongest current expand, while others run dry and eventually disappear. The same happens with the formation of some human organs,  new research shows. To explore the idea f
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Hair-sized Wireless Sensor Uses Light To Gather Heat Data
Researchers have developed a tiny wireless photonic sensor that can record environmental data. The photonic sensors recorded data during the spring of 2017 under two scenarios: a real-time measurement of air temperature over 12 hours, and an aerial m
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How A Remote Island Bounced Back After Rats Ran Amok
A new study shows how removing invasive rats from Palmyra Atoll allowed its native vegetation to make a grand comeback. When Hillary Young, a community ecologist at University of California, Santa Barbara, spent time at the Palmyra Atoll in 2006 to s
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Team Care Ups Survival Rates For People With Lung Cancer
A study of more than 4,000 lung cancer patients reveals that people who receive treatment under a multidisciplinary model of care have significantly higher survival rates at one, three, five, and 10 years after diagnosis than those who receive treatm
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What Patients Think Of Companies Selling Their DNA
A new survey reveals public attitudes toward potential commercial use of their DNA, blood, and tissue samples. Recently, the almost 5 million people who paid to have 23andMe analyze their DNA found out that the company might have sold their genetic d
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1 Big Change To Math Class May Boost Learning
‘Flipped’ teaching may increase student comprehension of math concepts and offer teachers a way to enhance their teaching skills, according to a new study. It could also help support parent participation in the learning process. Flipped instruction,
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Software Could Lead To Personalized Leukemia Treatments
Early findings from a new study could help in the development of immune-based treatments personalized to people with acute myeloid leukemia who are undergoing stem cell transplantation, researchers report. “If you could identify and activate the immu
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We Need Better Data To Fight Human Trafficking
Researchers have created resources that cover data gathering for people working in the anti-human trafficking field, including best practices for getting responsible and reliable data when working with these hidden and vulnerable populations. When pe
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Email Distractions Make Bosses Worse Leaders
Keeping up with email traffic places high demands on managers, preventing them from achieving goals and from being good leaders, according to a new study. The researchers believe the work is one of the first studies to examine how distractions from e
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Social Class Sways How Unemployed People Talk About Food
People who are unemployed may talk about food—or the lack of it—in different ways based on their social class, a new study reports. What started as a survey of unemployment following the recession led researchers to discover that people often use foo
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These Trans Teens Have Higher Risk Of Suicide
New research examines which teens within the transgender community are most at risk for suicide. Transmasculine teens—those who were born female but identify as male—and teens who don’t identify as exclusively male or female are at the greatest risk
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Why Did We Evolve To Feel Shame?
Evolution built shame into human nature because it served an important function for our foraging ancestors, a new paper argues. Living in small, highly interdependent bands, the researchers explain, our ancestors faced frequent life-threatening rever
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