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There’s a darker side to marriage that’s been overlooked?

Marriage—modernly—is seen as sort of unalloyed good, says law professor Melissa Murray. “Everyone would like to get married, or most people would like to get married. Certainly, most people’s mothers want them to get...

No, volcanoes didn’t kill off the dinosaurs

Volcanic eruptions did not lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs, according to a new study. The research also suggests Earth’s oceans can absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide—as long as it’s released gradually over an...

Global ocean makes Saturn’s moon wobble

By examining tiny wobbles of Saturn’s moon Enceladus—whose cosmic quavers are detectable only in high-resolution images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft—planetary scientists have discovered that a global ocean lies beneath the moon’s thick icy...

Repeating radio bursts from space have astronomers puzzled

For the first time, scientists have detected repeat “fast radio bursts” from the same spot, likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. They suspect the bursts come from an extremely powerful...

‘Tear machine’ might make contact lenses less painful

Engineers have built a device that mimics the surface of the eye in an attempt to make wearing contact lenses all day less irritating. The work was inspired in part by a graduate student’s dry...

Coal burns cleaner when you add oat hulls

Scientists wondered what would happen if you burned biomass in a controlled environment, such as in a power plant, that at least partially replaces using a fossil fuel. To find out they examined practices...

New tests over-diagnose C. diff by up to 50%

New molecular tests over-diagnose Clostridium difficile, a common but serious infection in hospitalized patients, by up to 50 percent. As a result, researchers say, these patients are likely being prescribed antibiotics they don’t need, raising concerns...

Compound cuts melanoma’s spread by up to 90%

Scientists have discovered that a chemical compound—and potential new drug—reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. The synthetic, small-molecule drug compound goes after a gene’s ability to produce RNA molecules and...

Six ways ancient Maya still alter the environment

Activities of the Maya 2,000 years ago in Central America contributed to the decline of their environment. New research finds evidence of their influence on today’s environmental conditions, as well. It’s the first study to show...

Resveratrol does strange things to dog’s immune system

A compound found in grape skins and red wine called resveratrol is thought to improve heart health and reduce stroke risk in people, but scientists don’t yet fully understand how it works. Now, a new study shows...
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