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Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

A Flu Drug May Be Poised to Upend Treatment in U.S.

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:10:00 GMT

The medication can reduce the duration of symptoms

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Avoiding the "Bobblehead Effect": Strength Training Could Help Soccer Players

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 10:45:00 GMT

Strong muscles help protect the body from damage caused by headers and other injuries

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Smart Mouth Guard Senses Muscle Fatigue

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:02:00 GMT

A prototype flexible electronic mouth guard can measure lactate levels in an athlete’s saliva, tracking muscle fatigue during training and performance.

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Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:45:00 GMT

Activating the reward system boosts anti-tumor immunity in mice

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Supercompensation: Why a Break in Your Training Is Necessary

Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:30:00 GMT

But how long does it take to lose fitness?

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CRISPR Makes Cancer Cells Turncoats That Attack Their Tumor

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:30:00 GMT

The experimental approach showed promise across three types of malignancies in mice

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Does Sparkling Water Make You Hungry?

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Carbonated drinks may increase the "hunger hormone" ghrelin, but these hormones are only one of many factors that contribute to our subjective experience of being hungry

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No More Chicken Soup: Data Is the Answer to Fighting the Flu

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Computational approaches can help fulfill the promise of creating a universal flu vaccine

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Will Launching Plants into Orbit Yield New Medicines?

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Many Earth-bound efforts focus on synthetic chemicals, but some researchers hope the stress of space could provide new insights

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Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Subtle mutations can undermine our ability to fend off a specific bug

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There's No Limit to Longevity, Says Study Reviving Human Life Span Debate

Sun, 01 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The findings counter some previous work

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Invasive Giant Hogweed's Solar-Activated Sap Causes Blistering Skin Burns

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:45:00 GMT

The plant, which has spread to 11 states and was recently found in Virginia, attacks the DNA in human cells

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If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Poised to Ban Abortion

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:30:00 GMT

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy had been a swing vote on the issue

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Rescued Thai Boys Being Watched for Illnesses Caught from Cave Animals

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:18:00 GMT

Medical responders will be on the lookout for signs of infection

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What Is Green Exercise?

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:15:00 GMT

Being outdoors can lower our levels of stress, our pulse rate, and even our blood pressure. But what happens when we exercise in a green space?

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Use of "Smart Drugs" on the Rise

Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:45:00 GMT

European nations see biggest increases in use of stimulants such as Ritalin by people seeking brain-boosting effects

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Poliovirus Therapy Shows Early Promise for Treating Aggressive Brain Cancer, but Questions Linger

Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Survival was better than expected with this genetically modified pathogen

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Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Pests in the U.S.

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:45:00 GMT

As Lyme and other tick-borne diseases worsen in the U.S., new efforts seek to fill in the gaps

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FDA Approves Country's First Marijuana-Based Medicine

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:15:00 GMT

The drug will treat two rare forms of epilepsy

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Cold Cases Heat Up as Law Enforcement Uses Genetics to Solve Past Crimes

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Since the Golden State killer was caught, the same family ancestry database has led to more arrests

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How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:00:00 GMT

No new cases have been reported for two weeks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Schools: The Reality

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:00:00 GMT

More students are coming from marginalized groups, but when they arrive they’re often told to hide what makes them different

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FDA Approves First Drug Derived from Marijuana

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The approval of Epidiolex® is a major milestone in bringing safe, effective cannabinoid-based medications to patients

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Do Microwaves Cause Cancer?

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Let’s take a look at 4 microwave myths that science has proven false

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Mushroom Coffee: The Science behind the Trend

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Can drinking mushroom beverages really make you more productive, resilient, relaxed or good-looking? 

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