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Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

CHICAGO (AP) — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient's risk.<p>The study is the largest ever done …

Cancer

Trump, With GOP Firmly Behind Him, Steadily Marches America Toward Autocracy

Before Trump was inaugurated, <b>Masha Gessen noted</b> that “Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat — and won.” …

Trump’s legal memo to Robert Mueller is a recipe for tyranny

A clear and present danger to the rule of law.<p>Essentially all presidents sooner or later end up commissioning lawyers to put forward an expansive view of presidential power, but those lawyers take pains to argue that they are <i>not</i> making the case for a totally unchecked executive whose existence …

Autism test and treatment on horizon as scientists find hormone deficiency link

A test and possible treatment for autism could be on the horizon after scientists discovered that people and primates who are less social are deficient in a particular hormone.<p>Around 1.1 per cent of the people in Britain, around 695,000 are through to be on the autism spectrum, according to The …

The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less

When you’re looking for a good bottle of whiskey — it doesn’t matter if it’s bourbon, Scotch whisky, rye, Canadian, or something else — there are …

There's one magic substance that will help with America's gut problems

Because you're almost certainly not getting enough of it.<p>You've probably been told you should eat more fiber. But despite a broad-spectrum recommendation for the roughage, researchers can’t say for certain why it’s so good for us, what diseases it actually helps prevent, or how exactly we should …

Nutrition

Colombia's ex-FARC rebels face first electoral test

Colombians are voting on Sunday in an election that is being billed as a test for the country's former leftist rebel fighters who gave up their arms last year and became a political party.<p>The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) disbanded after the 2016 landmark peace agreement, converting …

Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To Read

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting tens of millions of people in the United States. But getting help for children who have it in public school can be a nightmare.<p>"They wouldn't acknowledge that he had a problem," says Christine Beattie about her son Neil. "They wouldn't say …

Teaching

The spread of true and false news online

AAAS login provides access to <i>Science</i> for AAAS members, and access to other journals in the <i>Science</i> family to users who have purchased individual …

Science

Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous

On the days when Bitcoin crashes, a holiday atmosphere takes over in my corners of the internet. People tweet screengrabs of Reddit fights. It’s …

Peter Thiel

WATCH: 5 Tasty Ways to Dress Up a Cornbread Mix—Without a Recipe

Even the most serious Southern cooks will admit to using store-bought cornbread mix at some point in their lives. (And if they won’t admit it, they …

Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World

On one of my first meetings with Philip Pullman, he led me to the crenelated tower of Exeter College, in Oxford, and pointed out the room he lived in as a student. More than 50 feet up from the ground was a tiny attic window. To visit friends living in rooms on the adjacent staircase — accessible …

Books

Decoding the mysteries of a child's developing brain

It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters' height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown, but what’s going on just below the pencil line in that child’s brain?<p>We know brain development continues from infancy to adulthood, but many parents underestimate how much a child’s …

Parenting

5 of the Healthiest Granola Bars, According to Nutrition Experts

Granola bars make on-the-go eating efficient, but are they actually healthy? Usually not—even though most people think so. A 2016 New York Times …

Nutrition

The Ugly Evolution of Cyberbullying

How we progressed from passive-aggressive Myspace bulletins to kids creating two Instagram profiles—one for their friends, another for their bullies.<p>Myspace bulletins were the original Facebook status: whiny letters that all your followers could read. When I was 14, I sent out a passive-aggressive …

Social Media

Triple Threat: New Pneumonia Is Drug-Resistant, Deadly And Contagious

In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them.<p>But a new type of pneumonia emerging in China seems so important that we dropped what we were doing to write …

Public Health

Sometimes you need a pulsing red circle of data to understand how abnormally hot Earth is getting

Earth is constantly breaking heat records. The latest international State of the Climate report noted that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and NASA just announced that July 2017 tied with July 2016 as the hottest July on record. We’ve heard a variation on this theme, well, a few times: 16 of …

Global Warming

You're probably showering way too often

Spring is here. That means longer, warmer days — and, for many people, more frequent showering to wash away the sweat and smells that come with higher temperatures.<p>Here's the thing, though: Your regular showers may be grosser than your sweat.<p>There isn't much research that can tell you exactly how …

Prague Is a Real-life Fairy Tale, and These Photos Prove It

With some of the biggest and oldest monuments in the world, Prague fosters make-believe wonder like few other cities.<p>When was the last time you felt …

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee

It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone<p>Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, …

Tim Berners Lee

The Trump administration is doing everything it can to keep a huge climate lawsuit from going to trial

The plaintiffs in the case are 21 kids who now range in age from 9 to 20. They argue that the federal government is violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by failing to prevent climate change despite long-held knowledge of its dangerous consequences.<p>In November 2016, a …

Climate Change Is Creating a Fissure in the Trump White House

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump repeatedly said he’d pull the US from the global Paris climate agreement, the 194-nation accord to …

Donald Trump

A Major Surge in Atmospheric Warming Is Probably Coming in the Next Five Years

The oceans have been absorbing the lion's share of global warming in recent years, sparing land dwellers the worst of the heat. That's about to change.<p>Forget the so-called 'pause' in global warming—new research says we might be in for an era of deeply accelerated heating.<p>While the rate of …

First on the White House agenda – the collapse of the global order. Next, war? | Jonathan Freedland

Trump’s allies yearn to wreck alliances that have kept the peace for decades. Progressives must preserve them<p>Donald Trump doesn’t read books. He leaves that to his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the man rapidly emerging as the true power behind the gaudy Trump throne. Given Bannon’s influence – he …

Donald Trump

This Anxiety-Inducing Video Shows More Than 100 Years of Climate Change in 20 Seconds

Gulp.<p>NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed this week that 2016 really was the hottest year on record... …

Global Warming

Nobody Knows Where A Black Hole's Information Goes

According to Google, Stephen Hawking is the most famous physicist alive, and his most famous work is the black hole information paradox. If you know one thing about physics, therefore, that’s what you should know. Before Hawking, black holes weren’t paradoxical. Yes, if you throw a book into a …

Physics

How Trump's Speech to the CIA Endangered America

The president repeated his belief that the U.S. should have taken Iraq’s oil, ominously adding that the CIA may “have another chance.”<p>Every American, regardless of who they voted for in the election, should be furious with President Donald Trump for what he told the CIA during a recent meeting at …

Scientists Claim They've Developed a Psychological 'Vaccine' Against Fake News

Inoculating against misinformation.<p>Scientists say they’ve developed a psychological 'vaccine' for fake news, which can be used to inoculate the …

Fake News