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New test may improve pancreatic cancer diagnoses
May 24th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Blood test that detects five tumor proteins may someday help doctors better screen for pancreatic cancer.
The Zika epidemic began long before anyone noticed
May 24th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Zika spread undetected into Brazil and Florida, a genetic study suggests.
Petite parrots provide insight into early flight
May 24th, 2017, 07:07 PM
High-speed video shows that tiny parrots direct their hops to use the least amount of energy necessary.
Drugs for reflux disease in infants may come with unintended consequences
May 24th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Infants prescribed proton-pump inhibitors for reflux disease may be at higher risk for broken bones later on.
How a flamingo balances on one leg
May 23rd, 2017, 07:07 PM
Flamingos’ built-in tricks for balance might have a thing or two to teach standing robots or prosthesis makers someday.
TRAPPIST-1’s seventh planet is a chilly world
May 23rd, 2017, 07:07 PM
Follow-up observations of TRAPPIST-1 and its seven planets reveals details about the outermost one.
Tool sharpens focus on Stone Age networking in the Middle East
May 23rd, 2017, 07:07 PM
Stone Age tool’s route to Syrian site covered at least 700 kilometers.
Mouse sperm survive space to spawn
May 22nd, 2017, 07:07 PM
Sperm freeze-dried and sent into space for months of exposure to high levels of solar radiation later produced healthy baby mice.
Older adults may not benefit from taking statins
May 22nd, 2017, 07:07 PM
Statins did not reduce heart attacks, coronary heart disease deaths or deaths from any cause in people age 65 and older, a new analysis finds.
European fossils may belong to earliest known hominid
May 22nd, 2017, 07:07 PM
With new analyses of Graecopithecus fossils from Greece and Bulgaria, researchers argue for possible hominid origins in Europe, not Africa.
40 more ‘intelligence’ genes found
May 22nd, 2017, 07:07 PM
A study of nearly 80,000 people turns up 40 genes that may have a role in making brains smarter.
Even short-term opioid use can set people up for addiction risks
May 19th, 2017, 07:07 PM
A study of opioid prescriptions for sprained ankles finds that patients prescribed 30 or more pills are more likely to seek refills.
Quantum tractor beam could tug atoms, molecules
May 19th, 2017, 07:07 PM
The wavelike behavior of quantum particles could be harnessed to move atoms.
Global access to quality health care has improved in the last two decades
May 18th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Health care quality and availability improved worldwide from 1990 to 2015, but the gap between countries with the lowest and highest levels of care widened.
Hybrid protein offers malaria protection
May 18th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Rare hybrid protein that spans red blood cell membranes offers some protection against malaria.
Transplanted stem cells become eggs in sterile mice
May 18th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Sterile mice that received transplanted egg-making stem cells were able to have healthy babies.
50 years ago, an Earth-based telescope spotted Saturn’s fourth ring
May 18th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Scientists now rely on spacecraft to chart the intricate rings of the gas giant.
When it’s hot, plants become a surprisingly large source of air pollution
May 17th, 2017, 07:07 PM
During a heat wave, trees and shrubs can sharply raise ozone levels, a new study shows.
Orangutans take motherhood to extremes, nursing young for more than eight years
May 17th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Weaning in orangutans has been tricky to see in the wild, so researchers turned to dental tests to reveal long nursing period.
Jumping genes are part of all that makes us human
May 17th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Ask 10 people what makes humans human and you’ll probably get 10 different answers — and then some.