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  • GM mosquitoes cut rate of viral disease in Brazil

    Tweaking the genes of mosquitoes that can carry disease can sometimes transform those blood suckers into weapons that fight disease. This is the finding of a new study in Brazil.

    Dengue (DEN-gay) fever is a viral disease spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This potentially life-threatening infectious disease causes high fevers, headaches, pain and sometimes mild to severe bleeding....

    07:00 AM, August 3, 2016 Genetics, Science & Society, Animals, Health
    Readability Score: 8.1
  • Don’t use dinner-table spoons for liquid medicines!

    From ice cream to exercise, too much of a good thing can make people sick. And when people take too much medicine, the effect can be dangerous. That’s why doctors are concerned about the findings of a new survey. 

    Liquid medicines can be tricky to measure correctly. Doctors recommend measuring drugs with tools such as medicine droppers and oral syringes. They strongly prefer the use of...

    07:00 AM, August 2, 2016 Health, Mathematics, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Moral dilemma could limit appeal of driverless cars

    Self-driving cars are just around the corner. Such vehicles will make getting from one place to another safer and less stressful. They also could cut down on traffic, reduce pollution and limit accidents. But how should driverless cars handle emergencies? People disagree on the answer. And that might put the brakes on this technology, a new study reports.

    To understand the challenge,...

    07:00 AM, July 19, 2016 Technology, Computers & Electronics, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 8.6
  • Strict gun laws ended mass shootings in Australia

    Twenty years ago, Australia passed strict laws to control what types of guns people could own. The country also required people to sell to the government any guns that were made illegal. Since then, Australia has seen zero mass shootings, a new study finds.

    Researchers reported those findings June 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Daniel Webster is a health...

    07:00 AM, July 12, 2016 Science & Society, Health
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • New device identifies money by its color

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — People who are blind have difficulty with many everyday tasks. Among them is figuring out the value of banknotes (paper money), especially when they are the same size. While shopping, many have to trust cashiers or other people to truthfully tell them the value of a bill in their hand. But now, two teens have invented a device to check a bill’s color and report its value.

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    12:00 PM, May 12, 2016 Technology, Computers & Electronics, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Teen vaping soars past cigarette use

    In 2013, nearly three times as many U.S. high school kids smoked as puffed on electronic cigarettes. Within two short years, that trend has reversed. Today, almost twice as many high school kids vape as smoke, a new study finds. Middle-school students have an even stronger preference for vaping over smoking.

    Tushar Singh works in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for...

    07:00 AM, April 28, 2016 Health, Behavior, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • ‘FabLab’ brings cool science to TV

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Half of all U.S. workers are women. Still, women hold less than one in every four jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM fields. That’s according to a U.S. Department of Commerce study. A new weekly TV show  aims to change that. Called Fablab, it features cool science news, fun experiments and interactive elements designed to engage tweens...

    07:00 AM, March 18, 2016 Science & Society
    Readability Score: 6.7
  • U.S. grasp of science is improving — but there’s a catch

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Students are used to taking science tests in school. Every two years the National Science Foundation and other agencies also test a cross-section of American adults on science. And their latest scores have just come out. They show those adults generally get a passing grade. Not a great grade, mind you. It appears some adults still have a lot to learn.

    Basically, the...

    07:00 AM, March 1, 2016 Science & Society, Mathematics
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • New devices coming to assist the disabled

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — When someone suffers a devastating injury, everyday tasks can become difficult, if not impossible. A person who loses an arm or hand can’t grip and turn a doorknob. For someone in a wheelchair, even a small step can block their way. But on February 15, researchers at a major science meeting described a host of new devices being developed to overcome such physical limitations...

    07:00 AM, February 23, 2016 Technology, Health, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • A shock to the food system

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Feeding the world’s population is a big challenge, and it’s about to get bigger. Right now, a little more than 7.3 billion people share the planet. Most nights, many go to bed hungry. By 2050, some scientists estimate, the world’s population may reach 9 billion. Earth’s changing climate will probably make feeding this far greater number a very daunting task. That was the...

    17:53 PM, February 13, 2016 Weather & Climate, Agriculture, Science & Society, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 7.9

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