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'Dark DNA' could change how we think about evolution

DNA sequencing technology is helping scientists unravel questions that humans have been asking about animals for centuries. By mapping out animal …

Genetics

Amazing images of San Francisco before it was a city

Golden Gate Park, the 1,000-acre green space south of the famous bridge that turns 80 years old this year, is located on what was once the largest sand dune ecosystem in the western hemisphere. These dunes spanned seven miles, essentially the entire width of modern-day San Francisco.<p>About two …

Caregivers Are Too Slow to Reach for EpiPens, Study Finds

A severe, rapid allergic reaction calls for a dose of epinephrine as soon as possible. The medicine counteracts potentially dangerous symptoms, such as a plunge in blood pressure and closing of the airways. In extreme cases, it can mean the difference between life and death.<p>Yet, according to a new …

The 20 Best Podcasts of 2017

Whether you want to make sense of Trump's America or pretend it's not happening entirely, online broadcasting's got your back.<p>We're now nearing the end of 2017, and trying to make sense of the daily news has become a skill unto itself. The post-<i>Serial</i> transformation of podcasting from niche to …

A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment

RICHMOND, Ky. — Just 24 hours old, Jay’la Cy’anne Clay already was having a rough day.<p>Convulsions rocked her tiny body as she lay under warming lights in the nursery of the Baptist Health Richmond hospital. She vomited and made strange, high-pitched cries.<p>The infant was going through opioid …

Scientists Watch DNA Copy And Paste Itself For The First Time

Scientists have watched DNA being copied up-close for the first time, and they say their new window into the replication of genetic material shows it …

Heart Disease Drugs, Treatment: Snake Venom Treats Condition Without Bleeding Side Effect, Study Says

A daily dose of snake venom might be the next treatment for people with heart disease, because a particular kind stops blood cells from clumping up …

All Our Best Advice on Deciding Whether to Rent or Buy a Home

<i>For more personal finance tips, sign up for the Your Money newsletter here.</i><p>So you’re thinking of buying a home, perhaps your very first one. But you wonder whether you might be better off continuing to rent. And you have no idea how to figure out which choice makes more sense for you.<p>Well, join the …

NBA 2K17 Finals simulation: Warriors win in seven, Kevin Durant crowned MVP

Hours before opening tip of Game 1 of this highly-anticipated NBA Finals rubber match between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the folks over at NBA 2K put together a virtual simulation of the series using its popular NBA 2K17 video game.<p>Here's how it went down:<p><b>Game 1:</b> The …

France’s new First Lady ran in local elections when Emmanuel Macron was 11 years old

France’s new First Lady, Brigitte Trogneux, is no stranger to politics.<p>Unlike her husband, who had never run for office until he won the recent presidential election, Mrs Trogneux, 64, stood as a local councillor in eastern France 28 years ago, when her husband was only 11.<p>At the time, her first …

The West Indian Island That Shaped Alexander Hamilton

Before he achieved Revolutionary War glory, or became a founding father and an author of the Federalist Papers; before he established a sophisticated financial system, served as the nation’s first Treasury secretary or engaged in the type of petty political feud that would lead to his death in a …

A new CRISPR breakthrough could lead to simpler, cheaper disease diagnosis

The controversial laboratory tool known as CRISPR may have found a whole new world to conquer. Already the favored method of editing genes, CRISPR could soon become a low-cost diagnostic tool that could be used practically anywhere to determine if someone has an infectious disease such as Zika or …

Genetics

5 Ways Henrietta Lacks Changed Medical Science

Henrietta Lacks’s cells have long been familiar to scientists — but it was the ethical controversy around those cells that made her famous to the …

Genetics

France in the End of Days

Paris — For some time France has been a country that does not like itself. Somewhere on the road from its humiliation in World War II to its disappointment with European integration to its discomfort with globalization, France slid into moroseness. High-speed trains purred; France pouted. Grumbling …

What the new, FDA-approved 23andMe genetic health risk reports can, and can't, tell you

Genetic testing firm 23andMe got approval from the Food and Drug Administration last week to sell reports that show customers whether they have an increased genetic risk of developing certain diseases and conditions.<p>The go-ahead is the first time the federal agency has approved such …

How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population.<p>Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is …

Commemoration, Dining Tips and Marijuana

<i>Each week,</i> <i>Canada</i> <i>Today mixes The Times’s recent</i> <i>Canada</i><i>-related coverage with back stories and analysis from our reporters, along with opinions from our readers.</i><p>The route my father followed across Windsor, Ontario, to visit my grandmother on Sundays took us down Ypres Avenue. We passed near other …

Do Naked Singularities Exist? Quantum Effects May Be Shielding The Universe From Uncloaked Infinities

Black holes are indisputably weird. These objects, formed when the center of massive stars collapse in upon itself, are so dense that nothing, not …

Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’

He’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum...<p>I started thinking Donald Trump might win the presidency in September of 2016. By the end of October, I was almost sure. Thus, when …

Donald Trump

Selfies, yes selfies, could help diagnose rare genetic disease

Could diagnosing rare genetic disorders one day be as simple as snapping a picture with a smartphone? That's what a new study suggests.<p>Researchers with the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) successfully used facial recognition software similar to that …

Genetics

California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases.<p>The vote, by the California Air Resources Board, is the boldest …

'Huge advance' in fighting world's biggest killer

<b>An innovative new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol to unprecedented levels, say doctors.</b><p>The results of the large international trial on 27,000 patients means the drug could soon be used by millions.<p>The British Heart Foundation said the findings were a …

Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

Scientists are hoping that a single drug can treat two devastating brain diseases: Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.<p>The drug is nilotinib, which is approved to treat a form of leukemia.<p>In late 2015, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center found that small doses of the drug appeared to help a …

Dementia

3 Women Blinded By Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

Scientists have long hoped that stem cells might have the power to treat diseases. But it's always been clear that they could be dangerous too, especially if they're not used carefully.<p>Now a pair of papers published Wednesday in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> is underscoring both the promise …

4 Scientific (And Not So Scientific) Things To Know About Daylight Saving Time

At some point during my slumber tonight I am going to “lose an hour” of sleep. My scout leader wife was diligently emailing parents of Girl Scout Troop 1343 reminding them to set their clocks forward tonight so that they do not miss the meeting tomorrow. Here in Georgia, Daylight Saving …

Time Management

Painkillers without dangerous side effects: Researchers discover new mechanism of action

Researchers discover new mechanism of action<p>Researchers have discovered a new way of developing painkillers. When used in an animal model, their …

How To Get Your Boss (Or Anyone Else) To Read Your Write-Ups

Many professionals are required to write up reports for various business operations... reports that no one reads.<p>If you've worked in an office for any extended period of time, you've probably had to write a report or two for your managers, clients or business investors.<p>These highly technical and …

Infographics

The 27 hardest job interview questions, according to Glassdoor

Jobs interviews are always hard, but some come with trickier questions than others. Where do you see yourself in five years? How many ping pong balls …