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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Friday, February 06, 2015

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.

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First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

Thursday, February 05, 2015

New data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope shows that the first starlight in the universe occurred about 560 million years after the Big Bang.

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Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Juniper Russo wants what is best for her daughter Vivian, and she sometimes questions mainstream medicine. But after three years of soul searching, she decided what was best was vaccination.

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Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Personality seems to play a key role in our lust for heat in our food. Research has found that thrill seekers tend to like the burn of a spicy meal, and the lure may be different for men and women.

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Britain Set To Vote On '3-Parent Baby' Law Tuesday

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

While the technique is often referred to by the shorthand "three-parent baby," the controversial process uses nuclear DNA from two parents and the mitochondrial DNA of a third donor.

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Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing

Monday, February 02, 2015

Scientists launched a large trial Monday to test two vaccines. But testing Ebola drugs in West Africa is proving more difficult than expected because the disease is disappearing rapidly.

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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Scientists studying HIV and Ebola have noticed another virus hitching along for the ride in some blood samples. Now they're trying to figure out whether the lurker helps the body fend off disease.

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Companies Wanting Immediate Sales Should Pass On Super Bowl Ads

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year?

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Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.

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Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Researchers decided to see if that notion held up to scrutiny.

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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

Friday, January 23, 2015

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.

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Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

Friday, January 23, 2015

Research finds the systematic elimination of losing coaches by NFL teams generally leads to weaker performance among those teams in the following few years.

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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.

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Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans โ€” perhaps 3 million years ago.

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.

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After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

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