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Analysis chronicles changes in US investment in R&D

The distribution of U.S. investment in research and development (R&D) across countries and industries has undergone a dramatic shift since the 1990s, with R&D...

US cocaine use cut by half, while marijuana consumption jumps

The use of cocaine dropped sharply across the United States from 2006 to 2010, while the amount of marijuana consumed increased significantly during the...

How the immune system fights off malaria

The parasites that cause malaria are exquisitely adapted to the various hosts they infect — so studying the disease in mice doesn’t necessarily reveal...

New CoBots are ‘help on wheels’

Meet CoBot--short for "Collaborative Robot." You might call it "help on wheels." With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), computer scientist Manuela Veloso...

Polymer Gel, Heal Thyself: New composites could regenerate when damaged

When a chair leg breaks or a cell phone shatters, either must be repaired or replaced. But what if these materials could be programmed...

Scientists Pinpoint Cell Type, Brain Region Affected by Autism Gene Mutations

A team led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists has identified the disruption of a single type of cell – in a particular brain...

Feeling pleasure at the misfortune of those you envy is biological

A new study by Princeton University researchers shows that people are actually biologically responsive to taking pleasure in the pain of others, a reaction...

Key mechanism behind herpes revealed

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have for the first time managed to measure the internal pressure that enables the herpes virus to infect...

Machine Learning Boils Down Stories that Wearable Cameras Tell

Computers will someday soon automatically provide short video digests of a day in your life, your family vacation or an eight-hour police patrol, say...

Research shows cellphone use may not cause more car crashes

For almost 20 years, it has been a wide-held belief that talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous and leads to more accidents....

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