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Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Irreversible lung disease has started to show up among young workers who cut, grind and polish countertops made of increasingly popular "engineered" stone. The material is more than 90% silica.


A Peculiar Solar System Has Scientists Rethinking Theories Of How Planets Form

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A surprisingly large planet orbiting a small star defies the conventional wisdom about how planets are born. But a dark-horse idea from more than 20 years ago could explain it.


As Made-To-Order DNA Gets Cheaper, Keeping It Out Of The Wrong Hands Gets Harder

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Labs are churning out more and more synthetic DNA for scientists who want to use it to reprogram cells. Some say the technology has outpaced government safety guidelines put in place a decade ago.


North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Researchers estimate that the bird population has fallen by a quarter since 1970. More than 90% of the loss can be attributed to just a dozen bird families, including sparrows, blackbirds and finches.


How To Teach Future Doctors About Pain In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Around 20% of U.S. adults live with chronic pain. Medical schools traditionally haven't dedicated much time to teaching about pain and pain control, but one top school now has a mandatory course.


EPA Chief Pledges To Severely Cut Back On Animal Testing Of Chemicals

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Alternative tests are emerging, the agency says, such as computer modeling and tissue studies of cells grown in the lab. Environmental advocates say the move is too quick, and disregards human health.


The Other Twitterverse: Squirrels Eavesdrop On Birds, Researchers Say

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

A squirrel wondering if it's safe enough to forage for food apparently listens for the reassuring chatter of nearby birds, a study finds.


Academic Science Rethinks All-Too-White 'Dude Walls' Of Honor

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Historic portraits of revered scientists and doctors can be found all over medical schools and universities — and, as it happens, most feature white men. Some say this sends the wrong message.


Scientists Find Out How Leaping Maggots Leap

Friday, August 09, 2019

The scientists captured the acrobatic jumps of a tiny maggot-like creature with high-speed cameras to figure out how it does this trick with no arms, legs, or wings.


How The CDC's Reluctance To Use The 'F-Word' — Firearms — Hinders Suicide Prevention

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Congress has told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to "advocate or promote gun control." That directive complicates the public health agency's efforts to prevent suicide.


Kids See Bearded Men As Strong — But Unattractive, Study Finds

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New research shows that young children have a negative reaction to beards, but that changes as they get older. Children with bearded fathers did feel more warmly toward facial hair.


Sharks Like To Hang Out, But Their Spots Often Overlap With Commercial Fishers'

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Many shark species tend to congregate in the same areas as industrial fishing ships, a study finds. As a result, tens of millions of sharks in the open ocean end up caught either as food or bycatch.


Sharks Have Few Places To Hide From Fishing, Study Shows

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Many shark species tend to congregate in the same areas as industrial fishing ships, a study finds. As a result, tens of millions of sharks in the open ocean end up caught either as food or bycatch.


A Study Confirms That Laugh Tracks Make Jokes Seem Funnier

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Comedy shows on TV often use recorded laughter in combination with a live audience. A new study shows that hearing laughter, especially spontaneous laughter, makes a bad joke seem funnier.


NASA Moves Forward With Plans For Multi-Billion-Dollar Moon Rocket

Friday, July 12, 2019

NASA is building its most powerful rocket ever, a moon rocket, which will cost billions of dollars. But the effort has sparked debate about whether NASA should rely on cheaper, commercial rockers.


Moon Rocks Still Awe, And Scientists Hope To Get Their Hands On More

Monday, July 08, 2019

Fifty years ago, Apollo astronauts collected their first moon rocks. Those samples are still being studied to mine lunar secrets. And scientists are hoping to get access to more of them soon.


As NASA Aims For The Moon, An Aging Space Station Faces An Uncertain Future

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The International Space Station is getting older, and NASA is hoping that commercial businesses will take over so that the space agency can focus its efforts on a return to the moon.


NASA Will Send A Drone To Buzz Around Saturn's Largest Moon

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The space agency wants to learn more about Titan, an icy body that fascinates scientists because of its similarity to Earth.


To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Scientists often share their latest research on posters displayed at big conferences. Posters are a long-standing tradition, but one reformer says they're mostly terrible and need to change.


Why Octopuses Might Be The Next Lab Rats

Monday, June 03, 2019

Move over, fruit flies, rats and zebrafish. Squid and octopuses have elaborate brains and behaviors, and scientists say studying them in the laboratory could yield important biological insights.