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Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do

In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one...

Spike in severe black lung disease among former US coal miners

The number of cases of progressive massive fibrosis, the most severe form of black lung disease, has been increasing dramatically among coal workers and...

Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health

Groundbreaking research shows that neurological health depends as much on signals sent by the body's large, leg muscles to the brain as it does...

Space-like gravity weakens biochemical signals in muscle formation

Astronauts go through many physiological changes during their time in spaceflight, including lower muscle mass and slower muscle development. Similar symptoms can occur in...

Early life trauma in men associated with reduced levels of sperm microRNAs

Exposure to early life trauma can lead to poor physical and mental health in some individuals, which can be passed on to their children....

Amazonian ‘lookout’ birds help other species live in dangerous neighborhoods

Usually, birds of a feather flock together — but in the Amazon, some flocks feature dozens of species of all shapes and colors. A...

Training compassion ‘muscle’ may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering

It can be distressing to witness the pain of family, friends or even strangers going through a hard time. But what if, just like...

App helps hearing-impaired parents know when and why their baby is crying

For parents Delbert and Sanaz Whetter a crying baby is a particularly difficult challenge. The Whetters are deaf, so when they’re in another room...

Gauging language proficiency through eye movement

A study by MIT researchers has uncovered a new way of telling how well people are learning English: tracking their eyes. That’s right. Using data...

Study predicts most people with earliest Alzheimer’s signs won’t develop dementia from the disease

During the past decade, researchers have identified new ways to detect the earliest biological signs of Alzheimer’s disease. These early signs, which are detected...