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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

Iconic Native Hawaiian Trees Being Decimated By 'Rapid Death' Fungus

Fungal disease is attacking important ohia trees on the Big Island, officials report. Half the trees within 6,000 acres of forest have been affected, they say.

Animals December 29, 2015

Scans Of Compulsive Gamers' Brains Show They're Wired Differently

Researchers find hyperconnectivity between certain brain regions in those compulsively addicted to video games. While helping in game playing, such connectivity can have a downside, researchers say.

December 29, 2015

Deep-Sea Giant Squid Makes Rare Appearance In Japanese Harbor (Video)

A marine creature seldom seen in shallow water, the giant squid prefers the deep sea, experts say. The squid seen in Japan was likely a juvenile, as adults can grow to 40 feet, they say.

December 28, 2015

People At Risk Of Heart Disease Should Have Even 'Normal' Blood Pressure Treated: Study

Drugs meant to lower blood pressure could help those with risk factors for heart attack or stroke, even if their blood pressure is within currently accepted normal range, study suggests. Researchers call for review of current guidelines on treatment.

Life December 28, 2015

Philippines Joins Mexico In Approving Vaccine For Dengue Fever, While Cases Spike In Hawaii

Following Mexico's approval, Philippines' Department of Health has confirmed the use of Dengvaxia, a vaccine that can prevent all forms of the disease particularly dengue hemorrhagic fever which strikes hundreds of millions each year. India is also expected to approve the Dengvaxia vaccine soon.

Life December 28, 2015

Glaucoma Patients Under Misperceptions About How Marijuana May Affect Their Condition

Researchers say the public needs to be better educated about the possible benefits, or lack of them, in using marijuana to treat glaucoma. Science doesn't support the popular expectation of its effectiveness, they say.

Life December 25, 2015

NASA Releases Closest Pictures Ever Captured Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Images of Ceres have been captured by the Dawn spacecraft orbiting just 240 miles above the tiny world. Close-up photos show craters, fissures and fractures.

Space December 24, 2015

US Produces First Plutonium In 30 Years To Power Future NASA Space Missions

NASA is close to running out of the isotope that creates power for space probes, so scientists are cranking up production. They've produced the first Pu-238 isotope created in 3 decades.

Space December 24, 2015

Technical Glitch Causes NASA To Put Next Mission To Mars On Hold

Problems with the main scientific instrument on the spacecraft meant to probe the interior of the red planet leads to suspension of launch. The decision will mean a 2-year delay in the InSight mission, NASA says.

December 23, 2015

Bacteria That Can Resist 'Last Resort' Antibiotic Found In Great Britain

Antibiotic-resistant strains of E. coli and salmonella first detected in China have reached the UK, officials say. Despite that, public health risk is still considered very low.

Life December 23, 2015

Chinese Rover Finds New Kind Of Rock On The Moon

China's Yutu rover finds a kind of basalt rock that formed more recently than basalt sampled by early American and Russian lunar missions, scientists say. The lunar surface makeup is more diverse than previously believed, they say.

Space December 23, 2015

Rare Venomous Sea Snake Found On California Beach: Experts Point To El Niño Effect (Video)

A venomous sea snake was found on the beach south of Los Angeles. Ocean waters warmed by El Niño may have brought the reptile from its normal tropical habitat.

Earth/Environment December 22, 2015

Frigid Seas Leave 120 'Cold-Stunned' Sea Turtles Stranded On Cape Cod

Turtles unable to migrate south to warmer waters have washed up on Cape Cod beaches. Survivors are being treated for hypothermia, officials say.

December 22, 2015

How Big Can A Black Hole Grow? How About 50 Billion Suns' Worth!

A study sets the upper limit to the size of massive black holes in the center of galaxies. The limit is reached when the disk of gas around the black hole runs out of food.

Space December 22, 2015

US Ends Lifetime Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

Gay and bisexual men can donate blood if they've abstained from sex with a man for one year, the FDA says. The new policy lifts the lifetime ban put in place 30 years ago.

Life December 22, 2015

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