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Hepatitis B and C can be wiped out in the U.S. by 2030. Here’s how

Health experts have devised an aggressive plan to stamp out a viral disease that is fueling a sharp rise in liver cancer in the United States and killing 20,000 Americans per year. Their national strategy for eliminating two types of hepatitis by 2030 hinges on persuading the federal government...

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  • Exploring the magic and mystery of mushrooms with the L.A. Mycological Society

    Exploring the magic and mystery of mushrooms with the L.A. Mycological Society

    There was a dump truck driver from Baldwin Park, a humanities professor from Long Beach, a conceptual artist from Altadena and a stay-at-home dad from Mid-City. They didn’t have much in common, except for one thing: They’d all fallen for fungus. Hard. Their shared obsession led them to the Los...

  • New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree

    New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree

    The dinosaur family tree may need to be radically rewritten — and even uprooted and replanted elsewhere, a new analysis of about 75 different species shows. The findings, published in the journal Nature, hint that dinosaurs may have originated in the northern hemisphere rather than the southern,...

  • Why would beetles want to look, act and smell like army ants? To eat them, of course

    Why would beetles want to look, act and smell like army ants? To eat them, of course

    Army ant colonies are home to a treasure trove of raided food and helpless juveniles that other insects would love to feed on. But one does not simply walk into an army ant colony and start eating. Ill-prepared intruders would face swarms of aggressive ants eager to defend their nest. That’s why...

  • Gun injuries cost Americans $730 million a year in hospital bills

    Gun injuries cost Americans $730 million a year in hospital bills

    Americans paid more than $6.6 billion over eight years to care for victims of gun violence, according to a new tally of hospital bills. And U.S. taxpayers picked up at least 41% of that tab. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, say the authors of a study published this week in the American Journal...

  • Ancient relative of crabs, shrimps and lobsters is named in honor of David Attenborough

    Ancient relative of crabs, shrimps and lobsters is named in honor of David Attenborough

    Scientists have discovered the fossil remains of a 430-million-year-old crustacean previously unknown to science – a proto-shrimp that they’re naming in honor of British naturalist and television personality David Attenborough. The new species, described in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, could...

  • Sorry, moms: Prenatal vitamins with DHA won’t boost your kids' IQ after all

    Sorry, moms: Prenatal vitamins with DHA won’t boost your kids' IQ after all

    Researchers have some bad news for moms who used DHA supplements while they were pregnant in hopes of boosting their baby’s brains: It didn’t work. At age 7, kids whose mothers took DHA scored no higher on an IQ test than kids whose moms swallowed capsules that were DHA-free. The results are the...

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  • SpaceX postpones launch due to wind; its next chance is Wednesday night

    SpaceX postpones launch due to wind; its next chance is Wednesday night

    SpaceX’s planned launch of a commercial communications satellite was delayed by high winds at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Monday night. The launch had been scheduled for 10:34 p.m. Pacific Time from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, where a Falcon 9 rocket is set to lift the EchoStar 23 satellite...

  • Once the queen of the skies, the 747 will soon be just a flying truck

    Once the queen of the skies, the 747 will soon be just a flying truck

    The wide-bodied Boeing 747 was once known as the queen of the skies, an instantly recognizable behemoth revered for its luxury and spaciousness. As time passed, however, the original jumbo jet was outstripped by more efficient twin-engine planes. Now the 747’s days as a passenger plane are numbered....

  • Jeff Bezos plans to set up Amazon-like delivery for 'future human settlement' of the moon

    Jeff Bezos plans to set up Amazon-like delivery for 'future human settlement' of the moon

    More than four decades after the last man walked on the lunar surface, several upstart space entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on NASA's renewed interest in returning to the moon, offering a variety of proposals with the ultimate goal of establishing a lasting human presence there. The commercial...

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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...

Human Behavior

  • It's possible to 'vaccinate' Americans against fake news, experiment shows

    It's possible to 'vaccinate' Americans against fake news, experiment shows

    An overwhelming 97% of scientists agree that climate change is real and that human activity is responsible. But only 27% of U.S. adults realize there is such widespread agreement, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. The scientific consensus on climate change gets diluted as the public...

  • Rallying support for economic fairness? Better chase off the needy

    Rallying support for economic fairness? Better chase off the needy

    It is an odd quirk of human nature that humans do not always respond to the misfortunes of other humans in the most humane way.  A new study tosses some fresh experimental findings for that observation onto a mounting pile of research evidence. Among the affluent people in affluent neighborhoods,...

  • How to reset your body clock — and get better sleep — with hiking boots and a tent

    How to reset your body clock — and get better sleep — with hiking boots and a tent

    Are you sick of going to bed late and waking up tired? Then grab your hiking boots and a tent. A new study suggests that a couple days of camping in the great outdoors can reset your circadian clock and help you get more sleep. The circadian clock is an internal clock that tells your body when...

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