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Let Them Sleep In: Docs Want Later School Times for Teens

Your teenager wants to sleep later and now his doctor agrees. Middle and high school students shouldn’t have to start school until 8:30 in the morning or later, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.<p>“The research is clear that adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being …

Whole organ 'grown' in world first

<b>A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland.</b><p>A group of cells developed into a thymus - a critical part of the immune system - when transplanted into mice.<p>The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, could pave the way to …

Rare flu strains could be key to super-vaccine

Rarer forms of flu may be the key to producing a vaccine giving protection against many different strains, scientists believe. Research suggests that immunisation against bird flu strains that do not usually threaten humans may provide the nearest thing yet to a universal flu vaccine.<p>Exposure to an …

Scientists hail creation of working organ made from laboratory cells

British scientists produce working thymus, a vital immune system 'nerve centre' located near the heart<p>Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.<p>British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune …

How to See the Future In Kids’ Drawings

Give a kid a pencil, and she’ll draw a blob – but pretty soon that shape will start to have a face and body. Stick drawings are an easy way to monitor cognitive development, and a new study finds a link between the ability to draw well and intelligence years later.<p>Rosalind Arden, a cognitive …

Using DNA Forensics To Track Elephant Poachers

New methods to track and trace ivory's origins<p>The shocking news that Satao, the much-loved African Elephant who lived in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, has been killed and butchered for his tusks highlights once again the terrible and unsustainable toll of poaching elephants for their …

The Fish That Could Save Antarctica

As long as we save it first<p>A primeval predator patrols the dark, icy waters of Antarctica’s Ross Sea, antifreeze proteins coursing through its blood. An icon of the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic toothfish is a crucial link in the rich food web of the planet’s most pristine marine ecosystem. Since …

Abrasive Organic Herbicide Method Blasts Weeds To Death

The herbicide uses some ingredients that sound like they could have come from a gritty face wash.<p>One U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher is experimenting with a sandblasting-style method of killing weeds that could be certified organic, Minneapolis' Star Tribune reports. Agronomist Frank …

Dirty Little Secrets of Tidy Families

I have a friend who has more kids than me, whose husband works longer hours than mine, who cooks and bakes more than I do, and yet her house is …

Grilled Peaches & Pecans

Yesterday I had time, at long last, to settle in and cook a new recipe for this here website o’ mine. It was a beautiful feeling and made me realize …