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Distinctive Song Leads Scientists To New Himalayan Bird Species

DNA confirms what song differences suggest; a species of thrush in India and China is, in fact, two distinct species. The song of the forest thrushes is much more musical than that of their mountaintop counterparts, researchers note.

January 23, 2016

Researchers Identify Point In Cell Development Where A 'Wrong Turn' Can Lead To Cancer

A misstep in cell development involving a protein may be where cells 'go wrong' to become cancerous, researchers say. It happens as a cell changes from a stem-cell-like unspecialized state to a specialized one, they suggest.

LIFE January 22, 2016

Study Finds No Link Between Anesthesia After Age 40 And Cognitive Impairment

Surgical anesthesia is not seen as causing any mild cognitive impairment later in life, even in patients 40 years of age and older, researchers say. A Mayo Clinic study followed 1,700 people aged 70 to 89, all of whom had undergone at least one surgery.

LIFE January 22, 2016

Global Group To Pay $5M For Stockpile Of Vaccine That Proved Successful Against Ebola

Organization that helps poor countries with vaccination programs promises to buy Ebola vaccine that's under development. Trials with the vaccine in Africa showed it to be successful.

LIFE January 22, 2016

Memory Capacity Of Our Brains 10 Times What Was Previously Believed, Equal To Entire Internet

The complexity of synapses in the human brain is greater than had been thought, researchers say. That complexity provides memory capacity far above what was previously estimated, they say.

January 22, 2016

Five Of Solar System's Planets Will Put On A Show For Dedicated Skywatchers

Five planets – Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury – will star in a celestial lineup. To be visible through February, the alignment is the first of such in 10 years.

Space January 20, 2016

Families Of Cancer Patients Prefer Less Aggressive End-Of-Life Care Focused On Comfort

A study finds families feel dying loved ones got more appropriate treatment with hospice care than in a hospital ICU. Treatment meant to give comfort over aggressively treating terminal cancer provided better end-of-life quality, families say.

Society January 20, 2016

Running Out Of Fish? Global Catch Significantly Underreported, Study Finds

Official total fish catch numbers being reported to a U.N. agency are too low, a study suggests. Actual figures are at levels that may risk exhaustion of global fish stocks, researchers suggest.

Animals January 20, 2016

Human Activity Has Doubled Heat In World's Oceans In Just Two Decades

The amount of man-made heat in the oceans has doubled in just 20 years. Twice of what we've experienced 150 years ago. The warming is also reaching deeper into the world's seas, they say.

Earth/Environment January 19, 2016

Tiny Implantable Sensor Can Monitor Brain After Injury, Dissolves When No Longer Needed

A wireless sensor that dissolves when its job is done helps patients avoid the need for additional surgery needed to remove current devices, researchers say. The tiny device is just one millimeter in size.

LIFE January 18, 2016

Pregnant Moms Who Eat Lots Of Fish May Have Kids Whose Brains Work Better, Studies Suggest

Studies confirm the importance of omega-3 essential fatty acids in brain development. Better brain function is seen in children of moms who included significant amounts of fish in their diets, researchers say.

LIFE January 18, 2016

First Flower On Space Station Called Another Step Toward Fresh Produce For Space Missions

Edible zinnia flowers blooming on the ISS suggest a future of edible produce available for space missions, NASA scientists said. The effort helps scientists understand how plants can grow and bloom in microgravity.

Space January 18, 2016

Fossil Find Shows Humans Living In The Arctic Thousands Of Years Earlier Than Was Thought

Frozen mammoth carcass unearthed in the Arctic Circle shows signs of being hunted by humans, researchers say. That put humans in the Arctic much earlier than scientists had thought, they explain.

Animals January 15, 2016

Astronomers Are Reporting The Brightest Supernova Ever Observed, A Real Record-Breaker

Supernova shining with the light of 570 billion suns is the brightest ever observed. The massive supernova challenges theories about how giant stars die, researchers say.

Space January 15, 2016

Even Infants Are At Risk From Unsecured Medications, Report Says

Infants 6 months old and younger can still be exposed to risks from medications, study finds. Incorrect dosing by parents or caregivers is one source of risk.

LIFE January 15, 2016

Banned Chemicals Remain An Extinction Threat To Europe's Killer Whales And Dolphins

Toxic chemicals known as PCBs are found in high levels in orcas, dolphins and porpoises around Europe. The chemical can interfere with breeding, putting European populations of marine mammals at risk of extinction, researchers say.

Earth/Environment January 14, 2016

Mysterious Crater Features Shine In Newest Images Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

The newest images from the Dawn spacecraft orbiting the tiny world are revealing new insights into intriguing 'bright spots.' Photos were snapped at the closest distance yet, researchers say.

Space January 14, 2016

Meditation Can Help Soldiers On Active Duty Manage And Reduce PTSD, Study Finds

Transcendental meditation can reduce the need for medications to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers report. Army clinic finds the technique can help active-duty personnel reduce the symptoms of PTSD.

LIFE January 14, 2016

Archaeologists Unearth Bronze Age Village They're Calling 'Britain's Pompeii'

Remarkably well-preserved ancient dwellings are a window into everyday Bronze Age life, researchers say. Five circular houses making up the settlement are dated to 1,000 to 800 B.C.

January 13, 2016

Giant Melting Icebergs May Be Slowing Rate Of Climate Change

By 'fertilizing' ocean waters as they melt, icebergs may be helping slow down climate change. Large plankton blooms that grow in an iceberg's wake can absorb and store carbon, researchers explain.

Earth/Environment January 13, 2016

Children's Cough Syrups Recalled Over Overdose Concerns

Children's cough syrups being sold with incorrectly marked dosage cups are being recalled. Two flavors of cough syrup sold nationwide are involved in the voluntary recall.

LIFE January 13, 2016

Mysterious Result Of LHC Collision Stuns Scientists; Evidence Of New, Unknown Particle?

An anomaly in data from particle collisions in the Large Hadron Collider has researchers scratching their heads. Is this evidence of new particles that could turn the Standard Model of Physics on its head?

January 12, 2016

Most Young Adults Unaware Of Stroke Symptoms, May Delay Treatment, Survey Finds

Younger patients underestimate the seriousness of stroke symptoms and may delay getting to a hospital, a survey shows. Many say they would wait to see if symptoms improved, a decision doctors say is dangerous.

LIFE January 12, 2016

Incredibly Powerful New Climate-Modeling Supercomputer Is In The Works (Video)

A new supercomputer dubbed 'Cheyenne' will help unravel mysteries of climate change and other earth science subjects. The new machine will replace an existing supercomputer at the University of Wyoming.

Animals January 12, 2016

New Material Soaks Up And Stores Solar Heat, Can Release It Later On Demand

Researchers have developed a new material that could be used in self-warming clothing or for melting ice on car windshields. The simple polymer film stores the sun's energy in a chemical state.

Animals January 11, 2016

Despite Overall Decline, Cancer Is The Number One Killer In 21 States

As deaths from heart disease decline, cancer becomes the leading cause of death in many states. However, cancer death rates are dropping overall, driven largely by a reduction in the number smokers in the US.

LIFE January 11, 2016

Think You Sleep Badly? Spare Some Sympathy For Single Moms

Single mothers are the most sleep-deprived group of people in the U.S., a survey finds. And women in general in all kinds of familes are more likeley than men to report sleep problems, researchers say.

LIFE January 9, 2016

Dino Posing? Dinosaurs May Have Engaged In Mating Dances Similar To Those Of Some Modern Birds

Scrape marks in ancient rocks suggest male dinosaurs 'danced' to impress potential mates, researchers say. Marks in 100-million-year-old Colorado rocks suggest dinosaurs had mating behaviors similar to their bird descendants.

January 8, 2016

Suffer From Allergies? You Can Blame Ancient Neanderthals, Researchers Say

Neanderthal DNA helped evolve the modern human immune system, researchers suggest. However, it may have made some people more prone to allergies, they say.

January 8, 2016

Screen Fatigue: Digital Eye Strain AfflictsTwo-Thirds Of Americans, Survey Finds

Long hours looking at display screens can fatigue the eyes, a survey confirms. The problem is worse for people who multitask with multiple screens.

LIFE January 7, 2016

NASA To Turn Donated Spy Satellite Into Another Hubble-Like Space Telescope (Video)

Repurposed spy satellite will spy on universe's mysteries, including dark energy and exoplanets, NASA says. The space agency is accelerating a program meant to put it into orbit in 2024.

Space January 7, 2016

Astronomers Detect Shock Waves Revealing Dozens Of Milky Way's 'Runaway' Stars

Runaway stars speeding through our galaxy reveal themselves in 'bow waves' of glowing gas, astronomers say. Dozens of such stars have been identified this way, they explain.

Space January 7, 2016

Visible Light From Black Hole Activity Observed For The Very First Time (Video)

The intense glow created as a black hole swallows surrounding material gives astronomers a locator 'beacon,' astronomers say. Visible light detection of black hole is a first, they say.

Space January 7, 2016

Scientists Probe For Secret Of Why Ancient 'King Kong' Ape Went Extinct

An ancient giant ape was probably doomed by climate change, researchers say. Restricted to one kind of habitat and limited food choices, the 'King Kong' ape proved unable to adapt to environmental change, they say.

January 7, 2016

Millions Of Teens Being Targeted By E-Cigarette Advertising, CDC Says

The e-cigarette industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to target teens with advertising, the agency says. The industry faces little in the way of federal regulation of such advertising, it points out.

LIFE January 6, 2016

No Risk Of Developmental Delay For Kids Conceived Through Fertility Treatments: Study

Children conceived through in vitro fertilization or other assisted fertility treatments develop normally, study finds. Developmental assessments of children born through such treatments and other children show no difference, researchers say.

January 5, 2016

Researchers Forecast Impact Of Invasive Asian Carp On Lake Erie's Native Fish Species

If Asian carp reach Lake Erie, they could eventually make up a third of the total weight there, researchers predict. Native species like walleye and trout could decline, they say.

January 5, 2016

Tiny Chameleon Makes Up For Diminutive Size With Strongest, Quickest Tongue (Video)

The smaller the chameleon, the mightier its tongue, study finds. To capture an insect meal, a chameleon's tongue out-accelerates and out-powers that of any other reptile, bird or mammal based on body size and muscle mass.

January 5, 2016

Scientists Baffled By Failure Of Humpback Whales To Return To Hawaiian Waters

The unusual absence of humpback whales’ annual winter migrations to Hawaiian waters has puzzled researchers. El Niño effects on ocean waters may be a factor, they said.

Earth/Environment January 5, 2016

At Start Of New Year, Hawaii Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21

Hawaii institutes the first statewide measure in the U.S. raising the legal smoking age to 21. Military bases in Hawaii will also comply and say they support the move.

LIFE January 2, 2016

What Is Your Crying Baby Trying To Say? A New App Can Translate For You

A mobile app compares your baby's crying with a cloud database of sounds. An analysis of the baby's cries can help you understand what the infant needs, researchers say.

Apps/Software January 2, 2016

Some Kids On ADHD Meds Are At Risk Of Psychotic Side Effects, Researchers Warn

Children may see psychotic side effects from their ADHD medications if their parents have a history of mental issues. The finding does not mean such drugs should not be used, but vigilance is important, researchers say.

LIFE January 1, 2016

'Godzilla' El Niño Bearing Down On US Is Still Growing, NASA Says

Satellite imagery shows a current El Niño, similar to the 1997 event that caused extreme weather around the globe, researchers say. The U.S. should feel the effects in the coming months, they say.

Animals December 31, 2015

Having Type 2 Diabetes Can Up Your Risk Of Developing Dementia, Research Shows

Type 2 diabetes can double the risk of one kind of dementia, researchers say. The risk is higher for women, they note.

LIFE December 30, 2015

Millions Of Trees In California Forests Could Become Victims Of Drought

Water losses in four years of ongoing drought threaten the well-being of some 41,000 square miles of the state's forests, a study finds. Around 58 million trees are at risk of dying if drought continues, they warn.

Earth/Environment December 30, 2015

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