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Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says

Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says

New federal report highlights chronic-disease risks and daily life struggles for people with serious mental health problems.

Unleashing the immune system in the fight against cancer

Unleashing the immune system in the fight against cancer

New therapies are revolutionizing treatment but experts warn the drugs don’t work for everyone.

Ink and infection: 10 percent have skin problems after getting tattoos

Ink and infection: 10 percent have skin problems after getting tattoos

For unknown reasons, red ink seems to cause more irritation, a survey shows.

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded after all

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded after all

Their body temp regulation remains hotly contested.

Scientists are closing in on the ultimate secrets of plant photosynthesis

Scientists are closing in on the ultimate secrets of plant photosynthesis

A closer look at the remarkable way that plants run on solar energy.

Can science make you less sexist while you sleep?

Can science make you less sexist while you sleep?

A simple sound cue played during a short nap made their biases drop.

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Texas floods wash away hundreds of homes

Texas floods wash away hundreds of homes

The death toll climbed to at least 19, with over a dozen missing, and another round of rain threatening to complicate the cleanup.

Fruit flies can apparently tell time

Fruit flies can apparently tell time

They learned to look for certain foods at certain times.

Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find.

Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find.

That moment when you think the world is 6,000 years old and you dig up a 60 million year old fish.

Breakthrough HIV study could change course of treatment for millions

Breakthrough HIV study could change course of treatment for millions

A large-scale trial shows that HIV meds work best when started earlier.

More people with Alzheimer’s are becoming activists — which brings its own challenges

More people with Alzheimer’s are becoming activists — which brings its own challenges

As Alzheimer’s disease increases, more people with dementia are criticizing government support.

These warthog piglets at the Detroit Zoo are named for ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

These warthog piglets at the Detroit Zoo are named for ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

Daenerys, Sansa, Cersei, Tyrion and Hodor were born in April, according to the zoo.

Study: Moderate drinking may have ‘cardiotoxic’ effects in elderly hearts

Study: Moderate drinking may have ‘cardiotoxic’ effects in elderly hearts

Having two or more drinks a day was linked to cardiac changes in subjects between the ages of 71 and 81.

Physicist Leon Lederman is auctioning off his 1988 Nobel Prize

Physicist Leon Lederman is auctioning off his 1988 Nobel Prize

“We could have used the medal as a coaster,” Lederman’s wife joked.

EPA strengthens federal protections for small streams

EPA strengthens federal protections for small streams

The controversial rule places smaller waterways under U.S. safeguards, setting up a fight with states and Congress.

‘Lucy’ had an Ethel? Scientists discover a new human ancestor.

‘Lucy’ had an Ethel?  Scientists discover a new human ancestor.

Using a partial jaw found in Ethiopia, the new species is identified as a close cousin of the famous hominin.

Go ahead and break this robot’s legs. It can figure out how to chase you without them.

Go ahead and break this robot’s legs. It can figure out how to chase you without them.

The robot uses simulations to get to know its own body, which makes it more adaptable when things go wrong.

Say hello to the dementor wasp. It turns cockroaches into zombies.

Say hello to the dementor wasp. It turns cockroaches into zombies.

Named after a “Harry Potter” creature, the wasp was one of 139 new species discovered in the Mekong Region in 2014.

Was Australia’s 10-year megadrought a teaching moment for California?

Was Australia’s 10-year megadrought a teaching moment for California?

When water levels started dropping in Melbourne, Australia, residents had a come to Jesus moment that jumped started a major conservation effort.

Scientists are using herpes to treat skin cancer — and it’s working

The modified virus attacks cancer cells while calling the immune system in for back-up.

Why there’s no need to panic over Lassa fever. It’s Ebola-like, but it’s not Ebola.

Why there’s no need to panic over Lassa fever. It’s Ebola-like, but it’s not Ebola.

Ebola and Lassa fever share a lot of similarities, but they are different in a lot of critical ways.

Did John Nash’s schizophrenia boost his ‘beautiful mind’?

Did John Nash’s schizophrenia boost his ‘beautiful mind’?

Scientists have long been interested in the link between creativity and madness; now they are trying to prove it.

The humane way to kill a toad, according to science

There’s more than one way to kill a cane toad.

3-D printed eggs show how birds react to impostors in the nest

3-D printed eggs show how birds react to impostors in the nest

To study how brood parasites trick other birds into raising their young, researchers need to make a whole bunch of ersatz eggs.

What if you could get a colonoscopy without drinking that terrible liquid?

Gastroenterologists are working on a new way of preparing for the test.

Interior secretary: Hill funding divide could threaten national parks

Interior secretary: Hill funding divide could threaten national parks

Bickering could end a program that helped preserve some iconic national parks, Sally Jewell says.

Vandalism causes millions of gallons of water to flow into San Francisco Bay

The damage to an inflatable dam, which was holding water to serve Fremont, was reported Thursday.

Calif. pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil lacked auto shut-off valve

Calif. pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil lacked auto shut-off valve

The original owner of the pipeline won a court case in the late 1980s that exempted it from the county rule.

A star lives up to its ‘Nasty’ nickname

A star lives up to its ‘Nasty’ nickname

Scientists said it’s among few examples in this galaxy in which one star feeds off another.

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Medical Mysteries: Toxic chemotherapy

Medical Mysteries: Toxic chemotherapy

Chemotherapy for colon cancer was worse than she anticipated — for a reason.

Sometimes what seems like a concussion is something else

Sometimes what seems like a concussion is something else

One type of ear damage can cause dizziness, nausea and headache. But it’s fixable — with surgery.

For many Asian Americans, depression is an unfamiliar word

Immigrant families often don’t recognize mental illness and look for help only when there’s a crisis.

Live on your computer: 2-ton walruses frolicking on a remote Pacific island!

Live on your computer: 2-ton walruses frolicking on a remote Pacific island!

Revived webcam goes up close to show groups of walruses on Alaska’s Round Island.

California oil spill worries business owners and residents alike

California oil spill worries business owners and residents alike

Santa Barbara business owners fear a drop in holiday business; residents rally over environmental concerns.

California accepts farmers’ offer to cut water use during historic drought

California accepts farmers’ offer to cut water use during historic drought

State officials had warned that they were about to impose reductions for the first time in more than 30 years.

Oh, to be an ant on the road

Oh, to be an ant on the road

Somehow they march without a traffic jam — and no signs of road rage

Maybe someday, sunscreen you can take in a pill

Maybe someday, sunscreen you can take in a pill

New research is based on sun protection that some animals generate naturally.

NASA challenges students to think inside the box

NASA challenges students to think inside the box

Design 3-D-printable containers for use in outer space, and win prizes.

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