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  • To prevent serious medical conditions, scientists should be able to edit people's DNA, panel says

    To prevent serious medical conditions, scientists should be able to edit people's DNA, panel says

    Scientists should be allowed to alter a person’s DNA in ways that will be passed on to future generations, but only to prevent serious and strongly heritable diseases, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. However, tinkering with these...

  • El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion across California's coast

    El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion across California's coast

    El Niño may not have brought much rain to Southern California, but it did take its toll on the Golden State’s beaches. A new study of the waves, water levels and coastal changes at 29 beaches across California, Oregon and Washington has found that the 2015-16 El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion...

  • Here’s what the president of MIT thinks of the Trump administration’s early moves

    Here’s what the president of MIT thinks of the Trump administration’s early moves

    The student’s email arrived early on Jan. 28. It was addressed to Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The undergraduate didn’t want to bother him, she wrote, but she was stuck overseas and unable to return to campus because of the White House’s newly imposed travel...

  • African penguins are being ‘trapped’ by climate change

    African penguins are being ‘trapped’ by climate change

    Climate change and overfishing off Africa’s southern tip have set a “trap” for endangered African penguins leaving their nests. The young penguins swim thousands of miles from where they hatched, following biological signposts advertising a buffet of anchovies and sardines. What they don’t realize...

  • As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

    As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

    One day, gardeners might not just hear the buzz of bees among their flowers, but the whirr of robots, too. Scientists in Japan say they’ve managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs coated with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly. The system,...

  • How scientists plan to reduce the temperature in Los Angeles by 3 degrees

    How scientists plan to reduce the temperature in Los Angeles by 3 degrees

    Soak up these rainy days, Southern California. They are not going to last forever.  Summer will be here before you know it, and if recent trends continue, it will probably be a hot one. Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record. Here in Los Angeles, temperature records were shattered last summer...

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  • Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

    Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

    The aging brain is a shrinking brain, and a shrinking brain is, generally speaking, a brain whose performance and reaction time are declining: That is a harsh reality of growing older. But new research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets hew closely to the traditional...

  • Why now may be the perfect time to start one of these diet delivery plans

    Why now may be the perfect time to start one of these diet delivery plans

    The hustle and stress of the holidays can throw even the most virtuous eaters off course. You could take some of the cooking and grocery shopping — and some of the season’s inevitable temptations — off your plate with a healthy meal delivery service. And you might be able to beat back the binge...

  • 3 healthy ways to add fat — yes, fat! — to your diet

    3 healthy ways to add fat — yes, fat! — to your diet

    After decades of low-fat yogurts and 1% milk populating store shelves, whole milk and products such as creamy ghee (clarified butter) are finding their way back to favor. On the back of a 2014 Harvard School of Public Health study that found full-fat dairy to be more satisfying — and consequently...

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