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  • LUX: World's most sensitive detector finds no dark matter. What's next?

    LUX: World's most sensitive detector finds no dark matter. What's next?

    It’s official: Scientists with the Large Underground Xenon dark-matter detector have combed through 20 months of pristine data and found, buried deep in the measurements ... nothing out of the ordinary. The findings, presented at the Identification of Dark Matter conference in Sheffield, England,...

  • China to explore outer space with its huge new radio telescope

    China to explore outer space with its huge new radio telescope

    What’s the size of 30 football fields, hunts for aliens and lurks in the forests of southwest China? The world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope, of course. China completed construction on the telescope — the $180-million Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST — this week...

  • Juno arrives at Jupiter: 'It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science'

    Juno arrives at Jupiter: 'It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science'

    After completing its nearly five-year journey through the solar system and positioning itself into orbit around Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is set to boot up its scientific instruments Wednesday night and begin its close-up study of the giant and mysterious planet. Engineers had turned off...

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  • To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say

    To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say

    Attention parents: If you’d like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to play. That’s the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in school-age kids. “Physical activity before, during...

  • Americans' diets improve, but ethnic and income gaps widen

    Americans' diets improve, but ethnic and income gaps widen

    More American adults are eating better, but a new analysis of American diets between 2000 and 2012 shows that the trend of improved nutrition is largely limited to middle- and upper-income white Americans. The result: a widening nutrition gap separating white Americans from African Americans and...

  • In U.S., 38% of adults and 17% of kids are now obese, CDC study says

    In U.S., 38% of adults and 17% of kids are now obese, CDC study says

    How do government agencies, private foundations, industry groups and professional societies squander hundreds of millions of dollars? By trying to fight America’s obesity epidemic. Two new studies show that the best efforts of all these players – as well as schools, churches and individual healthcare...

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  • Your coffee habit may be written in your DNA

    Your coffee habit may be written in your DNA

    Why is it that some people crave several cups of coffee a day while others stop at only one or two? A growing body of evidence suggests that the amount of coffee we consume is determined by our genetic makeup rather than the amount of sleep we got the night before. Coffee is one of the most popular...

  • Harmful actions may seem more sinister when viewed in slow motion, study finds

    Harmful actions may seem more sinister when viewed in slow motion, study finds

    The camera lens may seem like an objective eye — but it’s the video playback where things can get tricky. A new study finds that when viewers watched a video of a violent act, they were far more likely to ascribe ill intent to the person who did it if the video was played in slow motion.  The findings,...

  • Senior citizens rarely consult Dr. Google for medical advice, study says

    Senior citizens rarely consult Dr. Google for medical advice, study says

    Senior citizens need more medical care than anyone else in the United States. And the Internet is chock full of health information. Yet seniors are far less likely than other adults to tap into it, new research shows. A report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found...

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