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  1. How Can Schools Better Persuade Students To Show Up For Class?
    Many schools give attendance awards to motivate students. A study found students who were awarded for perfect attendance went on to have more absences than their peers who weren't given the award.
  2. Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram
    A small cylinder called Le Grand K has defined the kilogram for more than a hundred years. But if a scratch ever rendered it lighter, the definition of the kilo literally shifted. Time for a change.
  3. Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements Mostly Disappoint In Long-Awaited Research Results
    After years of debate, a major government funded study failed to find any overall benefit of taking widely used supplements to protect against heart disease or cancer.
  4. Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide
    Bees exposed to a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids dramatically changed their behavior — becoming sluggish, antisocial and spending less time caring for the colony's young, researchers say.
  5. Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis?
    New research highlights the link between childhood trauma and mental illness and addiction in adulthood, leading some researchers to call it an issue as pressing as any infectious disease.
  6. Researchers Uncover A Circuit For Sadness In The Human Brain
    When people are feeling glum, it often means that brain areas involved in emotion and memory are communicating. Researchers now have observed the circuit in action in humans.
  7. Active Ingredient In Marijuana Reduced Alzheimer's-Like Effects In Mice
    In mice genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer's symptoms, those given a synthetic version of a chemical in marijuana retained normal memory function.
  8. Is The Pentagon Modifying Viruses To Save Crops — Or To Wage Biological Warfare?
    The Pentagon wants university researchers to find ways to protect crops in the field using infectious viruses carried by insects. Critics think it looks like bioweapons research.
  9. These Flatworms Can Regrow A Body From A Fragment. How Do They Do It And Could We?
    Biologists are keen to understand how a type of flatworm known as a planarian uses powerful stem cells to regenerate an entire body from a headless sliver of itself.
  10. Neuroscientists Debate A Simple Question: How Does The Brain Store A Phone Number?
    Working memory is where the brain keeps bits of information in everyday life handy. But brain scientists don't agree on how working memory works.
  11. Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller
    Critics, including some leading anesthesiologists, say the drug is unnecessary, and they worry it will be diverted and abused. The Food And Drug Administration says it is addressing safety concerns.
  12. She Chose To 'Go Flat' And Wants Other Breast Cancer Survivors To Know They Can Too
    After her double mastectomy, writer Catherine Guthrie came to embrace her new body, without breast reconstruction. But, she has learned, women have to push the medical system to support this choice.
  13. How Long Should Older Moms Wait Before Getting Pregnant Again?
    As a woman ages, choosing when to try for a second or third child means weighing fertility odds against the risks of getting pregnant again too soon. A new study provides more data to help decide.
  14. For Cervical Cancer Patients, Less Invasive Surgery Is Worse For Survival
    Two new studies suggest that minimally invasive surgery for early stage cervical cancer patients leads to death and recurring disease more often than standard surgery through a large incision.
  15. Birds Got Their Colorful, Speckled Eggs From Dinosaurs
    A new study found that birds' dinosaur relatives had eggs with traces of two pigments—a red-brown one and a blue-green one. In today's birds that might produce a color such as robin's egg blue.


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