America’s wars take uneven toll on poor

In today’s wars, Americans who die or are wounded in battle are disproportionately coming from poorer parts of the country, according to a new study released this week. By analyzing over 500,000 American combat casualties from World War II through Iraq and...

How the most famous human ancestor died

Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor, probably died after falling from a tree, according to a study appearing inNature led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Lucy, a 3.18-million-year-old specimen of Australopithecus afarensis — or...

A few extra pounds can’t hurt you — or can they?

Being overweight increases the chances of premature death, according to a USC researcher. Although people accept that obesity can shorten a person’s life span, scientists have debated whether the weight category between normal and obese is, in fact, a health risk....

Milky Way had a blowout bash 6 million years ago

The center of the Milky Way galaxy is currently a quiet place where a supermassive black hole slumbers, only occasionally slurping small sips of hydrogen gas. But it wasn’t always this way. A new study shows that 6 million years ago, when the first human...

Ranavirus study finds ‘super spreaders’ of disease

There are those who spread disease, and then there are the “super spreaders.” So says a new study by researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, who examined how a devastating infectious disease is passed among an amphibian population. The research,...

Integrating user-collected data in city planning

“It’s the community engagement that’s most important,” says Lily Bui, a recent graduate of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program and a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She has long been interested in how to engage people in...

Zika virus may persist in the vagina days after infection

The Zika virus reproduces in the vaginal tissue of pregnant mice several days after infection, according to a study by Yale researchers. From the genitals, the virus spreads and infects the fetal brain, impairing fetal development. The findings suggest that the Zika...

Designing ultrasound tools with Lego-like proteins

Ultrasound imaging is used around the world to help visualize developing babies and diagnose diseases. Sound waves bounce off the tissues, revealing their different densities and shapes. The next step in ultrasound technology is to image not just anatomy, but specific...

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