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  1. Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells
    A Japanese research team made immature human eggs from stem cells that were derived from human blood. The technique brings scientists a step closer to being able to mass-produce human eggs.
  2. In Lab Turned Casino, Gambling Monkeys Help Scientists Find Risk-Taking Brain Area
    Scientists at Johns Hopkins have identified a brain region in monkeys that influences their desire to take big risks. When this area is inactivated, the monkeys tend to hedge their bets.
  3. Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy
    The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It's one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.
  4. Do IVF And Other Infertility Tech Lead To Health Risks For The Baby? Maybe
    A small study of teens who were conceived via assisted reproductive technology finds a significant number already have hypertension and premature "age-related changes" in their blood vessels.
  5. Researchers Explore Gender Disparities In The Art World
    Researchers studied nearly 2 million art auction sales and found paintings by women fetched less money than paintings by men. Disparities that plague parts of the economy also affect the art world.
  6. This Rapper Tried To Use Neuroscience To Get Over Her Ex
    Dessa is a singer and writer from Minneapolis who spent years trying to fall out of love and get over her ex. Nothing seemed to help — until she visited a research lab for a brain scan.
  7. Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities
    The largest study of its kind shows a high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — across the population, but especially among some vulnerable groups.
  8. Russians Allegedly Targeted Lab Studying Chemical Weapons
    Russian agents were allegedly planning to hack into a Swiss laboratory that was analyzing nerve agents used in March against a former Russian spy and his daughter.
  9. Government Study Of BPA Backs Its Safety, But Doesn't Settle Debate
    The plastic additive BPA got a clean bill of health in a two-year government study involving thousands of rats. But scientists worried about BPA's risks say the study has flaws.
  10. WATCH: Flapping Robot Sheds Light On How Fruit Flies Move
    The scientists were inspired by the super-agile fruit fly. And by designing this robot, they've figured out some of the mysteries of one of the fly's fanciest maneuvers.
  11. Migrating Birds Avoid Bad Weather — Which Makes Their Paths Predictable
    Scientists have developed a forecast model for predicting mass bird migrations, based in part on weather patterns.
  12. World Fungi Report
    A new report from the Kew Gardens in London is billed as the first comprehensive report on the state of the world's fungi.
  13. More Older Americans Are Turning To Marijuana
    As marijuana gains popularity among people 65 and older, geriatricians call for more research on how it affects elderly patients. Shifts in metabolism as we age can intensify any drug's side effects.
  14. What's Mine Is Yours, Sort Of: Bonobos And The Tricky Evolutionary Roots Of Sharing
    Bonobos are much more likely than common chimpanzees to share their food, a study suggests. But researchers who study sharing say human kids are more helpful and cooperative than either species.
  15. Scientists Study Barn Owls To Understand Why People With ADHD Struggle To Focus
    Research on the brains of barn owls suggests that attention problems like ADHD may involve a brain circuit that usually helps us ignore distractions.

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