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Scientists hope to develop new drugs that prevent virus shutting down key parts of the immune system

NASA recently detected a massive thermonuclear explosion coming from outer space.

Holds Promise for Large-Scale Hydrogen Production, Desalination

Rochester researchers have created a metallic structure so water repellent, it refuses to sink—no matter how often it is forced into water.

Scientists have created an “artificial leaf” to fight climate change by inexpensively converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative fuel. The new technology, outlined in a paper published today in the journal Nature Energy, was inspired by the way plants use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into food.

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For cocaine users, a rolled up $20 bill may be the most convenient tool for snorting the powder form of the drug. Or so it would seem from a new analysis of 234 banknotes from 18 U.S. cities that found cocaine on 90 percent of the bills tested.  

A research report published in Applied Economics has found that the number of patients with violence-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms is related to the price of beer.  

The paper is available online as a pdf and is from Cardiff University's Violence and Society Research Group.

Most people don't appreciate an angry look, but a new University of Michigan psychology study found that some people find angry expressions so rewarding that they will readily learn ways to encourage them.

"Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) [said] that she was “alarmed” by the appointment of Giroir as interim FDA chief, saying that he has a “track record of letting ideology drive decisions at the expense of women and families.” An aide said the senator was referring to Giroir’s involvement in policy changes that reduce women’s access to health care, in particular reproductive rights."

The synchronized brain waves of non-REM sleep may play a key role in preventing toxins from accumulating in a person's brain.

These findings point to very fast temporal circuitry and are consistent with the deep hold that highly familiar pieces of music have on our memory

Bacteria need an assortment of specialized genes to live in people’s intestines – and the composition of these genes varies from person to person. So efforts to improve microbiome health – including next-generation probiotics – may need to be individualized.

Posting calorie counts in restaurants doesn't decrease caloric intake. But something much simpler does the trick.

"If accepted at the time, the design would have likely revolutionized architecture. [And] It wasn't just length or style that set da Vinci's bridge apart. It also had safety features unheard of at the time."