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Distinct brain regions cooperate for reading

<b>USC (US) —</b> New research suggests that people who have difficulty reading could benefit from targeted therapies for specific parts of the brain.<p>The …

The Brain

The 10 Weirdest-Named Shark Species

Happy Shark Week! In honor of the One True American Holiday (all other holidays are less true, due to lower shark content), I spent about an hour reading about sharks on Wikipedia. Important findings from a solid morning's research: sharks often have weird names. For example: the birdbeak dogfish. …

19-Year-Old Biotech Enthusiast Will Trade Coffee Beans for Lab Equipment

Avery Ashley wants to make a deal: his home-roasted coffee beans for lab equipment that'll let him grow his first batch of glowing bugs, so he can one day bioengineer yeast cells into inexpensive food.<p>In a house in rural North Carolina, a rectangular fold-out table is scattered with decades-old lab …

Low-Income American Preschoolers Are Getting Less Obese

The trend shows up in 18 U.S. states.<p>After years of White House initiatives, news reports and controversial healthy-eating laws, maybe finally something stuck.<p>In a new analysis of data from 2008 to 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the proportion of low-income …

Patriotic Narcissists Are More Likely To Hate Immigrants

Thinking "America is the best country in the world" doesn't make you that welcoming to other groups, it turns out.<p>People who have an inflated sense of superiority about being an American are more likely to have negative attitudes toward undocumented immigrants from countries like Mexico, Cuba and …