10 Stories to Start Your Day


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Fight against endometrial cancer boosted with new molecular road map

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:42 AM PST

A new study that reveals the dozens of molecular changes that bring about endometrial cancer offers insight into how physicians might be able to better identify which patients will need aggressive treatment and why a common treatment is not effective for some patients. The study appears Feb. 13 in the journal Cell. Funded by the […]
Inflammation may spur abnormal tau tangles, new mouse study shows

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:40 AM PST

Circumventing the activation of an immune system complex that drives inflammation, which is known as the NLRP3 inflammasome, could prevent the collection of abnormal tangles of the protein tau in the brain, according to a new study in mice. The findings, published in Nature, also showed that this inflammasome is a key step in the pathway […]
To help wildlife move, researchers map both natural and legal boundaries

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:39 AM PST

Wildlife need to move to survive: to find food, reproduce and escape wildfires and other hazards. Yet as soon as they leave protected areas like national forests or parks, they often wind up on a landscape that is very fragmented in terms of natural boundaries and human ones. To help create more corridors for wildlife […]
Restrictive Housing Vouchers Aid Recipients’ Health

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:35 AM PST

A new study suggests that limiting federal housing vouchers to use in low-poverty (higher income) neighborhoods not only helps save taxpayers money, but it also improves the health and life expectancy of voucher recipients. Published in the journal Public Health, the study — titled “The Cost-Effectiveness of Limiting Federal Housing Vouchers to Use in Low-Poverty Neighborhoods in […]
WWI Helmets Protect Against Shock Waves Just as Well as Modern Designs

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:32 AM PST

Biomedical engineers from Duke University have demonstrated that, despite significant advancements in protection from ballistics and blunt impacts, modern military helmets are no better at protecting the brain from shock waves created by nearby blasts than their World War I counterparts. And one model in particular, the French Adrian helmet, actually performed better than modern […]
Facial expressions don’t tell the whole story of emotion

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:29 AM PST

Interacting with other people is almost always a game of reading cues and volleying back. We think a smile conveys happiness, so we offer a smile in return. We think a frown shows sadness, and maybe we attempt to cheer that person up. Some businesses are even working on technology to determine customer satisfaction through […]
Our digital afterlife: Who owns pages when you’re gone?

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:26 AM PST

Social media pages and accounts often turn into memorials when someone dies, giving people a chance to still feel connected to those they’ve lost. But after we’re gone, who owns the information on our pages? Who can access them? Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society […]
The verdict is in: Courtrooms seldom overrule bad science

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:24 AM PST

In television crime dramas, savvy lawyers are able to overcome improbable odds to win their cases by presenting seemingly iron-clad scientific evidence. In real-world courtrooms, however, the quality of scientific testimony can vary wildly, making it difficult for judges and juries to distinguish between solid research and so-called junk science. This is true for all […]
In court, far-reaching psychology tests are unquestioned

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:21 AM PST

Psychological tests are important instruments used in courts to aid legal decisions that profoundly affect people’s lives. They can help determine anything from parental fitness for child custody, to the sanity or insanity of a person at the time of a crime, to eligibility for capital punishment. While increasingly used in courts, new research shows […]
Journalism is an ‘attack surface’ for those who spread misinformation

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:16 AM PST

For all the benefits in the expansion of the media landscape, we’re still struggling with the spread of misinformation–and the damage is especially worrisome when it comes to information about science and health. “Believing things that aren’t true when it comes to health can be not just bad for us, but dangerous,” said Dan Gillmor, […]


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