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  • Mold and fungi lurking in instrument blamed for death of bagpipe player

    Mold and fungi lurking in instrument blamed for death of bagpipe player

    Doctors have an important message for musicians: Don’t forget to clean your instruments. It could be a matter of life and death. Their warning was inspired by a 61-year-old British bagpipe player who developed a dry cough and breathlessness that worsened over a period of seven years. His condition...

  • How often should you get a mammogram? It depends on whether you have dense breast tissue, experts say

    How often should you get a mammogram? It depends on whether you have dense breast tissue, experts say

    For women older than 50 who have been confused by conflicting advice on how frequently to get a mammogram, some new science is here to guide their decisions. An ambitious research effort published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine set out to tailor women’s breast cancer screening practices...

  • Scientists unlock a secret to Latinos' longevity, with hopes of slowing aging for everyone

    Scientists unlock a secret to Latinos' longevity, with hopes of slowing aging for everyone

    A new way to measure how humans age suggests that Latino Americans withstand life’s wear and tear better than non-Latino whites — and that they may have their Native American ancestors to thank for their longer lives. The findings offer some insight into a long-standing demographic mystery: Despite...

  • Scientists design a drug that relieves pain like an opioid without some dangerous side effects

    Scientists design a drug that relieves pain like an opioid without some dangerous side effects

    What if you could design a drug that has all the pain-relieving power of morphine but none of its dangerous or addictive side effects? Scientists have spent years trying to do just that, and on Wednesday, they unveiled one of their most promising compounds yet — a chemical concoction they dubbed...

  • 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...

  • How to track poverty from space

    How to track poverty from space

    You can get a pretty good idea of a country’s wealth by seeing how much it shines at night — just compare the intense brightness of China and South Korea to the dark mass of North Korea that’s sandwiched between them. But nighttime lights don’t tell you which neighborhoods or villages within a...

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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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