Ben Harder

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  1. Health & Medicine

    See How They See: Immature cells boost vision in night-blind mice

    Transplanted retinal cells can restore some vision in mice with degenerative eye disease.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Curry may counter cognitive decline

    A chemical found in turmeric may prevent cognitive impairment.

  3. Ecosystems

    Worthless waters

    The biological riches of the oceans will be spent within decades if current trends continue.

  4. Health & Medicine

    The Cancer of Dorian Gray

    By studying mice that have been engineered to carry mutations in certain tumor-suppressing genes, researchers have identified a link between cancer and aging.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Vanishing Devices: Doctors implant disappearing stents, heart patches

    Novel heart devices fashioned mainly from materials that the body can absorb or break down have made their debut in heart patients.

  6. Quirky Cardiology: Crocs’ hearts may aid their digestion

    The crocodile's ability to direct oxygen-depleted blood to its stomach may be instrumental in digesting large, bony meals.

  7. Air’s oxygen content constrains insect growth

    The size to which insects grow is limited by their need to route oxygen to tissues in their legs.

  8. Earth

    Waters near croplands impair frogs’ immunity

    Pesticide-containing waters leave frogs more susceptible to fungal infections than pristine environments do.

  9. Humans

    U.S. population to surpass 300 million

    At approximately the middle of October, the population of the United States will hit and then quickly eclipse 300 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Cigarettes and lead linked to attention disorder

    Nearly half a million cases of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder among U.S. children are related to exposures to lead or their mothers' smoking while pregnant.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Graveyard Shift: Prostate cancer linked to rotating work schedule

    Men who alternate between daytime and nighttime shifts on their jobs have triple the normal rate of prostate cancer, according to a Japanese nationwide study.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Shingles shot’s value is uncertain

    The cost-effectiveness of a new vaccine against shingles remains uncertain, making it difficult to assess whether adults should routinely receive the shot.