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Can Junk DNA Kill Cancer Cells?
So-called “junk DNA” may be key to preventing tumors, researchers report. The new research shows how selfish genetic elements that can cause tumors may also trigger the death of cancer cells. Selfish genetic elements, also known as “junk DNA,” were o
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Critical Race Theory Isn’t The First Social Studies Controversy
Social studies education in the United States has changed over the last 20-30 years. Why has it become so polarizing, and where should schools go from here? “Contemporary approaches to social studies education emphasize the importance of students thi
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Protein Leak Discovery May Enhance Treatment For Lung Diseases
Researchers have identified a protein leakage related to chronic airway diseases like asthma and COPD. The researchers discovered that people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a protein in their lungs that leaks a smal
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Better Touch Screens Could Let You Feel Stuff Before You Buy It
Researchers are working on touch screen technology that would allow people to “feel” physical objects—including, for example, the texture of an item of clothing’s fabric while shopping online. Cynthia Hipwell, a professor in the mechanical engineerin
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5 Ethical Guidelines For Ancient DNA Research
A team of scholars have developed a set of ethical guidelines for research on ancient DNA. In 2009, published genome-wide DNA data was not available for a single ancient human individual. Today, there is genome-wide data available for more than 6,000
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2021: Hospital Care For COVID Could Cost You Thousands
People in the United States who get seriously ill from COVID-19 in 2021 might have to pay thousands of dollars in bills from their hospitals, doctors, and ambulance companies, a new study suggests. The new analysis in JAMA Network Open has implicatio
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Sleep ‘Sweet Spot’ May Mean Less Cognitive Decline
Like so many other good things in life, sleep is best in moderation, new research suggests. A multiyear study of older adults found that both short and long sleepers experienced greater cognitive decline than people who slept a moderate amount, even
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To Make The Most Of Exoskeletons, Training Really Matters
New exoskeleton research shows the importance of training. Exoskeleton devices work, researchers say, for a variety of uses such as speeding up our walking or making running easier. Yet they don’t know what exactly makes exoskeletons effective. What
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5 Ways To Keep Vaccine ‘Cold Chain’ Safe From Hackers
Health systems can prevent the hacking of electronics in the “cold chain” that keeps items like COVID-19 vaccines ultra-cold during storage and transport, say researchers. A major health system commissioned the study, which finds that an attacker loc
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How Genetics Affect Your Food Choices
Researchers say new information about the genetic links behind food intake, obesity, and diabetes could lead to improved prevention and treatment. In the largest ever study to examine how genetic factors affect a person’s food choices and consumption
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Poll: One Third Of Kids Ages 7-9 Use Social Media
Parents in a new national poll report that half of children aged 10-12 years and a third of children ages 7-9 use their devices to engage with others on social media apps. And while most parent track their kids’ use of social media, the poll finds on
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Does Depression In Pregnancy Up C-section Risk?
Depression and anxiety in pregnant women may be connected to the type of delivery they have, new research suggests. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders have already been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes like low birth weight and preterm bi
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Finding Links Eco Injustice And COVID’s Spread
Population density and long-term exposure to air pollution influenced the speed at which COVID-19 spread through metropolitan areas, research finds. During the “first wave” of COVID-19 in the United States, Rajan Chakrabarty, associate professor at W
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Easing Medical Debt May Get People To The Doctor
People with unpaid health care bills are less likely to seek needed medical care, evidence indicates. Earlier this summer, Stanford economist Neale Mahoney sounded an alarm with a study he coauthored: Americans have at least $140 billion in unpaid he
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Should You Squash The Invasive Spotted Lanternfly?
Not too many bugs are more destructive than the Lycorma delicatula, better known as the spotted lanternfly. Some experts say that when you see one, you should report it, then smash it. The invasive pest native to Asia first arrived in the United Stat
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Risky ‘Grease Proof’ Chemicals Hang Around Forever
Chemicals that “grease proof” everything from food packaging to carpets have built up in the environment for decades and contaminate ecosystems across the globe. A new study says we need a better understanding of the risks that these chemicals pose.
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How Plants Know Winter Is Coming
Plants know winter is coming. But exactly how they detect this change in seasons has never been clear. Researchers took a new approach to uncover this plant secret: They asked one. The answer they received—in the form of changes in the gene expressio
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Wearable Sensor Patch Monitors Glucose Via Sweat
A new wearable, noninvasive monitoring device prototype monitors glucose in sweat—no needles necessary. Noninvasive glucose monitoring devices are not currently commercially available in the United States, so people with diabetes must collect blood s
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Will Supply Chain Woes Stymie 2021 Holiday Shopping?
As the holiday season and end of the year approaches, the global supply chain has been navigating pandemic-related disruptions for nearly two years. Microchip and semiconductor shortages, inconsistent shipping, production factory shutdowns, and consu
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Too Much Screen Time May Put Kids Born Early At Risk
Children born very prematurely are at risk for cognitive and behavioral problems linked to excess screen time, a new study shows. Research has linked excessive screen time to cognitive and behavioral problems in the general population of children, le
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More Water In Magma Actually Prevents Volcano Blast
New research suggests high water content in magma can significantly reduce the risk that a volcano will explode. Two questions have long troubled volcanologists: When exactly will a volcano erupt next? And how will that eruption unfold? Will the lava
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Americans Are Getting More Calories From Ultra-processed Foods
Consumption of ultra-processed foods has increased over the past two decades across nearly all segments of the US population, according to a new study. “The overall composition of the average US diet has shifted towards a more processed diet. This is
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What’s The History Behind Dia De Los Muertos?
Día de los Muertos is a time for people to mourn the loss of family members and friends, and to ensure they’re never forgotten, says Michelle Téllez. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday with roots in Mexico that’s now celebrated over
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4 Things Parents Should Know About RSV This Year
After a year of COVID-19 precautions that saw virtually no cases of respiratory syncytial virus, the common childhood illness is back with a vengeance and health care professionals are concerned. “The symptoms are virtually synonymous with the common
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Social Prairie Dogs ‘Greet Kiss’ To Connect
Prairie dogs—those chubby little burrowing rodents found in grasslands across the central and western United States—have intricate social networks, a new study shows. Understanding their connections, interactions, and surprisingly complex world could
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Watch For Scammy Stem Cell Therapies For COVID-19
The global race to develop new stem cell-based COVID-19 treatments during the pandemic featured violations of government regulations, inflated medical claims, and distorted public communication, say a group of researchers. Their perspective piece app
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Menstrual Cycle Length Pre-menopause May Signal Heart Risk
Near menopause, the menstrual cycle length often changes, becoming longer. The timing of that change could provide clues to a person’s risk of heart disease, researchers say. A new study, published in the journal Menopause, characterizes cycle-length
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Serotonin Plays A Role In Remembering New People
Targeted stimulation of the brain’s serotonin system could improve memories of new acquaintances, research with mice shows. As reported in Nature, the research team observed how the mouse brain forms a memory of a new acquaintance and demonstrated th
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DIY ‘Smart’ White Cane Works Like A Self-driving Car
A new, affordable smart cane guides people with visual impairments safely and efficiently through their environments, say researchers. Most know the white cane as a simple but crucial tool that assists people with visual impairments in making their w
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Imagined Jazz Improv Changes The Brain Like Real Singing
Just imagining improvised performances can elicit the same flow-like states as when jazz musicians are singing, research finds. For the study, researchers recruited 21 advanced jazz musicians and prompted them to vocalize or imagine one of the four s
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