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  • After Ohio passed abortion law, risk of complications nearly tripled

    After Ohio passed abortion law, risk of complications nearly tripled

    Women seeking medical abortions in Ohio experienced a higher rate of complications after the state implemented a law that put new restrictions on doctors who performed the procedure, according to a study published Tuesday. The law, which took effect in 2011, requires abortion providers to adhere to...

  • 3.2 million years after her death, autopsy reveals Lucy probably died after falling from a tree

    3.2 million years after her death, autopsy reveals Lucy probably died after falling from a tree

    It’s the coldest case in science, and it may have just been cracked. Forty years after researchers discovered Lucy, an early human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago, scientists think they now know how she died. After examining high-resolution CT scans of broken bones in Lucy’s right shoulder, as...

  • Pediatricians urge states to get tough on parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids

    Pediatricians urge states to get tough on parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids

    The nation’s pediatricians are pushing back against parents who resist having their children vaccinated against a broad range of dangerous diseases by calling on states to stop offering waivers to those with non-medical objections to the practice. In a policy statement issued Monday, the American...

  • Capsule makes a splash in NASA test, and the scientists are pleased

    Capsule makes a splash in NASA test, and the scientists are pleased

    A full-scale replica of the next-generation Orion crew spacecraft, tipped at a 90-degree angle, hung from cables 40 feet in the air from the huge, historic gantry at NASA’s Langley Research Center. At the close of a 15-second countdown, the capsule swung left. Then, with a bang from the explosive...

  • Jupiter, get ready for your close-up: Juno is coming

    Jupiter, get ready for your close-up: Juno is coming

    Spacecraft don’t get to sleep in on the weekend—and neither do their scientists. On Saturday at 5:51 a.m. Pacific, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will swing within roughly 2,500 miles of Jupiter’s cloud tops, the closest it will get to the gas giant during its planned mission. It will also be the first...

  • All donor blood in the U.S. should be screened for Zika, FDA says

    All donor blood in the U.S. should be screened for Zika, FDA says

    All blood donated in the U.S. should be screened for Zika to prevent the virus from spreading through transfusions, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The new guidance should be implemented “immediately” in states and territories where the virus is already being spread by mosquitoes,...

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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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Human Behavior

  • 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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