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June 26th
The number of Americans who die prematurely would rise by about 29,000 each year if the health reform plan put forth by Senate Republicans were to go into full effect, a new report suggests. As lawmakers in Congress debate the merits of two GOP plans to …
June 26th
Federal fishery agencies Monday pushed forward a controversial water project that would change the way Northern California supplies are sent to the Southland. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the…
June 24th
If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider. After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric peo…
June 22nd
Preventing the diseases we fear most as we age is rarely a sure or simple matter. But for those determined to slow mental decline and drive down the likelihood of developing dementia, researchers have reached a rare consensus around a trio of straightfor…
June 22nd
It’s a mystery that goes back to the days of Aristotle, flummoxing biologists and mathematicians for centuries: Why do birds’ eggs come in so many different shapes and sizes? Why are owl eggs almost perfectly round, while hummingbird eggs loo…
June 22nd
Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all con…
June 22nd
After drinking mother’s milk spiked with the antidepressant Prozac for 19 days, infant mice bred to mimic the distinctive behaviors and brain abnormalities seen in autism experienced dramatic improvements in their social interactions, communication…
June 20th
The opioid epidemic continues to devastate Americans, and a new report shows that it has only gotten worse in recent years.
June 20th
With obesity still rising among certain groups of kids, a government panel is renewing its advice that all children and adolescents ages 6 to 18 be screened for obesity.
June 19th
Handguns and other firearms cause the deaths of more children in the United States each year than the flu or asthma, according to a comprehensive new report on gun violence and kids. Each day in the United States, an average of 3.5 people under the age o…
June 19th
Are we alone in the universe? Are there other planets like Earth in the galaxy? Could they harbor life? NASA’s Kepler telescope spent four years staring long and hard at a small fraction of the night sky to help answer those questions. On Monday, m…
June 19th
A series tracking five scientists who are running for office.  
June 19th
314 Action founder Shaughnessy Naughton explains why she wants to see more scientifically minded candidates running for office.
June 16th
Inspiration can strike in the most unlikely places. It struck chemist Lukas Goossen at a biodiesel factory in Rwanda. Goossen was visiting the factory to see how it produced fuel from local plants. But he was surprised to learn that only one specially co…
June 15th
For the first time, pairs of entangled photons have been beamed from a satellite in orbit to two receiving stations almost 1,500 miles away on on Earth.
June 14th
If you’re having a heart attack, your life might someday be saved by pond scum. That’s because these lowly bacteria are capable of producing something a stricken heart desperately needs: oxygen. In fact, when Stanford scientists injected mass…
June 13th
The best medicine for a person going into sudden cardiac arrest is an electric shock. That jolt temporarily stops the heart, along with its rapid or erratic beat. When the heart starts itself up again, it can revert to its normal rhythm and resume pumpin…
June 12th
Jupiter may have been a very early bloomer, gaining significant mass within the first million years of the solar system’s birth, according to a new analysis of meteorite fragments. The findings, described in the journal PNAS, could shed light on th…
June 8th
About 1 in 20 women who became infected with Zika during their pregnancies had a baby with microcephaly or other birth defects that were probably caused by the virus, according to the CDC.
June 8th
California’s attorney general argued Thursday that President Trump has no legal authority to revoke or modify national monuments created by previous administrations. In an 11-page letter to the Interior Department, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra v…
June 8th
Meet 12 of the coolest, most accomplished people in America - the members of NASA's newest class of astronaut candidates.
June 7th
Astronomers scanning the skies with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have pulled off a feat that even Albert Einstein had declared all but impossible: they’ve witnessed the subtle bending of one star’s light by another star’s gravity…
June 7th
Fossils and DNA evidence have led scientists to conclude that the first members of our species evolved in eastern Africa about 200,000 years ago. But a new discovery suggests a more complex story.
June 6th
Gale Crater on Mars had the right physical and chemical conditions for life for 700 million years - and for part of that history, held a lake that could have hosted a wide variety of microbial life.
June 5th
After reviewing transcripts of traffic stops involving 981 motorists, Stanford researchers have come up with proof of something that many Americans have believed for a very long time: Police officers tend to treat black citizens with less respect than wh…