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  • How the moon and big tides could be a trigger for big earthquakes

    How the moon and big tides could be a trigger for big earthquakes

    It’s one of the most enduring mysteries in earthquake science: Why do small earthquakes stay small, while others grow into monsters? A group of researchers offered a partial, but tantalizing answer this month: The moon and big tides. How does this work? The scientists zeroed in on times of high...

  • Does Pluto have a hidden ocean? Its 'heart' holds a clue

    Does Pluto have a hidden ocean? Its 'heart' holds a clue

    Pluto’s “heart” is spilling its secrets. Scientists using data from NASA’s New Horizons mission have found more evidence that there may be an ocean beneath the dwarf planet’s surface. The findings, published by Geophysical Research Letters, could shed light on the internal mysteries of this frigid,...

  • For those in posh jobs, depression may be harder to treat

    For those in posh jobs, depression may be harder to treat

    There are certainly many perks that come with a job at the top of the corporate ladder, but this is not one of them: When people with prestigious jobs fall into depression, they are less likely to benefit from treatment than their coworkers several rungs below them. In a study of 654 employed patients...

  • Chill out, ladies. Stress can erase the benefits of your healthful diet

    Chill out, ladies. Stress can erase the benefits of your healthful diet

    Life sometimes foils the best of our intentions. New research on women, stress and diet amply illustrates that sad fact. It shows that even when women greeted a new day with a “better-for-you” fast-food breakfast, that meal’s expected health-promoting qualities were washed away by the carry-over...

  • Conservationist John Craighead, protector of wild rivers and Yellowstone's grizzlies, dies at 100

    Conservationist John Craighead, protector of wild rivers and Yellowstone's grizzlies, dies at 100

    Conservationist John Craighead, who will be forever linked to America's wild rivers and a seminal study of grizzly bears, has died. He was 100.  Craighead, who had been ailing for years, died in his sleep at his Missoula home Sunday, according to his son Johnny.  The Missoulian reports that upon...

  • Men with anxiety are more vulnerable to cancer, study says

    Men with anxiety are more vulnerable to cancer, study says

    Men over 40 who are plagued with the omnipresent of generalized anxiety disorder are more than twice as likely to die of cancer than are men who do not have the mental affliction, new research finds. But for women who suffer from severe anxiety, the research found no increased risk of cancer death....

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  • Oh, hey, Milky Way: Gaia reveals map of more than 1 billion stars in our galaxy

    Oh, hey, Milky Way: Gaia reveals map of more than 1 billion stars in our galaxy

    The Milky Way just got a little more crowded. The European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft has mapped more than a billion stars in the galaxy with unprecedented accuracy and detail — and it has already discovered 400 million more previously unknown stars. The stellar trove of 1.142 billion stars,...

  • Scientists catch a white dwarf star in the act of exploding into a nova

    Scientists catch a white dwarf star in the act of exploding into a nova

    It’s not every day you get to see a star go nova. Scientists at Warsaw University Observatory in Poland have managed to catch a binary star system both before and after its explosive flash. The findings, described in the journal Nature, confirm a long-held theory about novae known as the hibernation...

  • Did physicists discover a previously unknown fifth force of nature?

    Did physicists discover a previously unknown fifth force of nature?

    A tiny, unseen force could potentially alter our basic understanding of the universe — if it really exists. Theoretical physicists at UC Irvine say they’ve found evidence for a fifth fundamental force of nature, carried by a particle that until now has gone totally unnoticed. If supported by the...

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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...

  • 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...

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