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Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Science at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:45:00 GMT

Discover the physics of snowboarding, curling and skating, get inside the minds of athletes, and explore all things Olympics

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We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine before the Next Pandemic Strikes

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:30:00 GMT

A century after the deadly pandemic of 1918, we're still not safe

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A Completely Preventable Public Health Crisis

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

An outbreak of diphtheria in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh makes it clear that these people were living in substandard conditions before they fled Myanmar

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Can Pregnancy Help Scientists Better Understand Cancer?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:00:00 GMT

Cancerous cells and placental ones appear to regulate the immune system in similar ways

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The "Gesundheit Machine" Collects Campus Cooties in Race against a Fierce Flu

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:00:00 GMT

Maryland researchers hope to trace how the virus spreads

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Can You Get the Flu Twice in 1 Season?

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Getting sick with a single strain does not necessarily protect you from others

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How Fast Can a Marathon Be Run?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Is there an absolute minimum time to run a marathon? Will humans ever break the 2 hour mark? What does it take to set a world record marathon time? 

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A Drug Widely Used to Treat PTSD Symptoms Has Failed a Rigorous Trial

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:45:00 GMT

The medication is currently prescribed for many veterans 

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Can Pesticides Affect Pregnancy?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT

A recent study suggests pesticides in produce may interfere with your chances of getting pregnant. Let's explore its findings

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Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Many women must travel an hour or longer to find a hospital where they can deliver their babies

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Senators Traded in Tobacco Stocks While Sitting on Health Committee

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Lawmakers, unlike executive branch employees, are allowed to engage in such activity

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Why the Disease Definition of Addiction Does Far More Harm Than Good

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Among other problems, it has obstructed other channels of investigation, including the social, psychological and societal roots of addiction

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More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:23:00 GMT

More firearms do not keep people safe, hard numbers show. Why do so many Americans believe the opposite?

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To Fight Fatal Infections, Hospitals May Turn to Algorithms

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Machine learning could speed up diagnoses and improve accuracy  

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When to Worry about a Bruise

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Bruising is a common physical symptom. What causes bruising and how do you know when a bruise is something you should worry about?

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CDC Director's Investment in Tobacco, Drug Companies Baffles Ethics Experts

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:45:00 GMT

The purchases occurred after she took over the agency

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Ticks on Uptick Where Big Game Declines

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 04:55:00 GMT

Areas of Kenya without large wildlife saw tick populations rise as much as 370 percent—meaning more danger to humans. Jason G. Goldman reports.

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Sewage Shows the Way to a Novel Diabetes Vaccine

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Viruses found in contaminated water may protect against type 1 diabetes

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How Fake Surgery Exposes Useless Treatments

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:30:00 GMT

It can reveal whether popular operations are actually effective

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Researchers Find No Strong Link between Prenatal Ultrasounds and Autism

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:00:00 GMT

New study provides more evidence early pregnancy scans are not tied to the disorder

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Instead of Filling Cavities, Dentists May Soon Regenerate Teeth

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:45:00 GMT

Researchers recently discovered certain drugs, including one developed to treat Alzheimer’s, stimulate innate self-repair mechanisms

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Bacterial "Tape Recorder" Could Keep Tabs on Bodily Functions

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:20:00 GMT

Scientists have used CRISPR to turn microbes into tiny recording devices

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Holiday Cheer Leads to Birth-Rate Spike

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 04:46:00 GMT

During feel-good holiday periods like Christmas and Eid-al-Fitr, romance strikes—leading to a boom in births nine months later. Karen Hopkin reports.

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On Super Bowl Sunday, Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Will Be Lonely

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT

One day without their parents isn’t such a big deal—but some infants rarely get family visits, and that is clearly detrimental to their health 

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Olympic Clothing Designers Try to Beat the Cold with Technology

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT

With electric self-warming jackets and new insulated fabrics, Team USA hopes to overcome record-setting chills

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