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5 days away from computer screens boosts preteens' social awareness

What happens when you take about 50 sixth-graders and send them to a nature camp with no access to computers, tablets and mobile phones? A new study suggests that after just five days their ability to understand nonverbal social cues improves.<p>Nonverbal social cues are the emotional information we …

Research

To party with friends, young adults pop painkillers - Futurity

Wanting to have a good time with friends, not peer pressure, drives some young adults to misuse prescription meds.

Maryam Mirzakhani: 'The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got'

Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics. Mirzakhani, 37, is of Iranian descent and completed her PhD at Harvard in 2004. Her thesis showed how to compute the Weil-Petersson volumes of moduli spaces of bordered Riemann surfaces. …

Scientists Have No Idea Why U.S. Teens Are Having Fewer Babies Than Ever

We're doing so much better than teens in the 1950s.<p>The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics released today its latest report on American teenagers having babies. The results are both happy and strange. American teens are having babies at their lowest rate ever -- and that rate is falling …

Take heart: preventing sudden death on the sports field

How could my supposedly healthy uncle have died unexpectedly at the age of 21? Growing up, I was consumed by the notion that someone could be struck down by Sudden Adult Death (SAD) without displaying any symptoms. The more I read about it, the more I appreciated the complex causes of SAD, but …

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

The Ebola outbreak has set off an alarm around the world. Public health leaders say the intense concern is appropriate, given the unprecedented size of the outbreak and the deadliness of the virus.<p>But experts say the outbreak has also produced a lot of unfounded fears. Even just the word Ebola is …

How coffee could help you keep your teeth - Futurity

Drinking coffee, a source of antioxidants, appears to curb tooth loss due to gum disease.

How much do our genes dictate our GCSE results?

Your scores in your GCSEs are heavily influenced by your genetic heritage<p>Almost three quarters of a million students will have received their GCSE results this week and congratulated themselves on – or bemoaned the lack of – the effort they put in back in May. Of course, hard work is important, but …

A trip down Canada’s Iceberg Alley

It’s been a banner year for iceberg sighting in Iceberg Alley, the area off northeastern Newfoundland where the Titanic struck an iceberg and went …

Mystery Solved: How Snakes Climb Trees

Wildlife<p><b>When climbing a tree, a snake thinks “safety first,” according to new research published Tuesday in Biology Letters.</b><p>Instead of gripping the tree with just enough force to keep from sliding back down, snakes overcompensate and grip with a force that far exceeds what’s necessary. Researchers …

Gamers Reveal The Inner Workings Of The Eye

Crowdsourcing helps shed light on a half-century mystery.<p>The human retina allows the eye to follow the path of a moving object, such as a Ping-Pong ball in play. Neuroscientists have been toiling for 50 years to explain how, but they lack the processing power to map the eye’s neural network. (With …

Your toothpaste’s fluorine was formed in a star

Next time you’re brushing you teeth, think on this: New research suggests that the fluorine in your toothpaste originates from the sun’s dead …

Universe

Woe is me (or is it I?) about rules that (or is it which?) are broken

Steven Pinker (10 ‘grammar rules’ it’s ok to break (sometimes), 15 August) is critical, not without justification, of those who draw parallels with Latin usage to construct rules for English grammar. But when he says that if we follow Latin usage we should be saying “Woe is I” he might have chosen …

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Send Messages to Your Brain?

Strongest Evidence Yet That Pygmies' Short Stature Is Genetic

Area of genome linked to growth differ between pygmies and neighboring groups.<p>It's not another tall tale: Evolutionary biologists have developed a new understanding of the genetic basis of short stature in humans. Also known as the pygmy phenotype, a study published Monday in the <i>Proceedings of the</i> …

Homework for parents as school starts

Vaccinations<p><b>What to do?</b> Make sure your children have the shots they need.<p><b>Why?</b> It’s the best way to keep them from getting sick unnecessarily. Also, it’s the law. See http://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-231.pdf.<p><b>Details.</b> Children can be exempted for medical reasons; if their parents — after being …

Middle School

Doctor Who neuroscience special: the brain of a Time Lord

Doctor Who returns to the BBC this Saturday, this time with Peter Capaldi in the title role. There has been much fanfare around this, as you may have noticed already. Given that it’s one of the world’s most popular and long running sci-fi programmes, it’s very common for those in the science world …

Today in science: Earth from the moon

This is the first photo of Earth from the moon, released in 1966. Later, NASA used modern digital technology to restore the photo to reveal more …

Astronomy

Dandruff Fungus Found In Deep Sea Vents, Lobster Guts, And Other Random Places

It's a real head-scratcher.<p>What do human scalps, deep sea vents, and Antarctic soil have in common? As it turns out, all of these places are home to one weird group of fungi. A study published today in the journal <i>PLOS Pathogens</i> found that fungi of the genus <i>Malassezia</i> are just about everywhere. And …

Biology

Scientific proof that a summer World Cup in Doha is too hot - for fans

German researchers have some advice to the organizers of the 2022<p>FIFA World Cupin Doha, Qatar: Hold the soccer tournament during the winter. Or, if the matches really must be played during the summer, hold them at night.<p>The reason, they say, is not that it would be dangerous for soccer players to …

Meteorology

See-through cells to turn windows into solar panels

A film that lets in light when placed over windows, but also generates solar power, has been developed by a team of chemical engineers.<p>The …

3 Ways Big Data Is Going To Be Used Against You In The Future

For some people, the benefits of big data will not be worth the risks–which could include increased workplace, police, and consumer discrimination.<p>Taylor Rodriguez prepares for a flight. After she plugs in her schedule to the cloud, the rest is automated: Watched over by a “smart” streetlight, she …

The White House

10 Digital Health Trends for the Next 20 Years

The Digital Health Revolution is upon us. Here are the ten trends that will impact each and everyone of us in the coming years to help us live healthier, stronger and smarter lives, for longer.

Digital Health

Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial

IT SOUNDS like the dark plot of a vampire movie. In October, people with Alzheimer’s disease will be injected with the blood of young people in the …

Scientists Solve Mystery of How Hummingbirds Taste Sweetness

Changing Planet<p>A ruby-throated hummingbird feeds on mimosa flowers. Photograph by George Grall, National Geographic Creative<p><b>Hummingbirds feel the sweet lure of nectar, but they taste it in the most unexpected of ways.</b><p>This group of feathered friends doesn’t have a sweet taste receptor, which means …

Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

School is starting, and students across the country are about to spend a lot of time in the classroom and in the library. And as they crack their textbooks open, they're going to hear a lot of familiar advice about how to study <i>right.</i><p>Sit still, in a quiet place. Avoid distractions. Keep your focus …

Extreme Drought Is Causing Land In The Western U.S. To Rise Upward

No, you're not getting taller.<p>The drought permeating the western United States has gone from bad to worse over the past year and a half -- especially in California. As of two weeks ago, more than half of the state is considered to be in an “exceptional drought,” and the conditions are predicted to …

Snorkeling

Our future government will work more like Amazon

As part of Verge Hack Week, we've invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. In this installment, we welcome Vox Media product team coordinator Mike Case.<p>There is a lot of government in the United …

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of …