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Breastfeeding may expose infants to toxic chemicals

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A widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and interference with immune function--perfluorinated alkylate substances, or PFASs--appears to build up in infants...

Physical activity linked to greater mental flexibility in older adults

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One day soon, doctors may determine how physically active you are simply by imaging your brain. Physically fit people tend to have larger brain...

TV’s subliminal influence on women’s perception of pregnancy and birth

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In an era where popular culture is increasingly recognized for its impact on lay understanding of health and medicine, few scholars have looked at...

On Wikipedia, politically controversial science topics vulnerable to information sabotage

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Wikipedia reigns. It's the world's most popular online encyclopedia, the sixth most visited website in America, and a research source most U.S. students rely...

US has 5 percent of world’s population, but had 31 percent of its public...

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Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public...

Cardiorespiratory fitness linked to thinner gray matter and better math skills in kids

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Postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman, University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman and their colleagues found that higher-fit kids had thinner gray...

Are marine organisms evolving to protect their young in response to ocean acidification?

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Marine organisms living in acidified waters exhibit a tendency to nurture their offspring to a greater extent than those in more regular conditions. Researchers at...

Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution

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At the start of the simulation, a biped robot controlled by a computationally evolved brain stands upright on a 16 meter by 16 meter...

Astronomers discover new planet orbiting two stars

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The artistic concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft. Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle A team of astronomers including a San Francisco State University researcher has discovered...
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