March 7, 2015
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Chronic stress may start in the brain, but new research reveals that its influences on the body roam far and wide.
Scientists are shedding light on all the ways that chronic stress can boost inflammation and lead to serious health problems.
Counseling, mindfulness training and purposeful social contact may counteract the effects of chronic stress.
Supplements of vitamins C, E and other antioxidants may blunt the positive effects of exercise training.
Landscapes dotted by Africa’s great termite mounds look on the verge of turning into desert but are, in fact, more resilient.
Chemical reactions discovered in the 19th century improve the performance of futuristic batteries.
Advanced imaging may reveal how well chronic pain treatments work.
Comparing reconstructions of past drought conditions with models of future dryness shows that the Central Plains and Southwest U.S. will become the driest in a millennium.
A genetic analysis divides Darwin’s finches into more species and uncovers a gene involved in determining beak shape.
When sea levels drop during ice ages, magma at mid-ocean ridges surges.
Rocky debris falling onto a white dwarf might trigger some supernovas.
Aluminum and other materials can serve as their own thermometers at nanometer scales, opening up the possibility of taking the temperature of tiny computer transistors.
Experts says schemes to manually adjust the world’s climate are not ready for use, but should be studied just in case.
Recently hatched chicks may have their own version of the left-to-right mental number line.
In mice, specific nerve cells control compulsive sugar consumption, but not normal feeding, hinting at a new therapeutic target for treating obesity.
An analysis of Facebook activity can identify new moms with postpartum depression.
A high-speed hydrogen cloud on a crash course with the Milky Way appears to be an exotic interloper, preliminary data suggest.
Analysis of Ebola genomes shows how the virus has evolved and some of the mutations that may thwart treatments.
Teenagers are using e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product and for many, it’s the first time they’ve tried a tobacco product at all.
The Department of Energy has scrapped funding for FutureGen, a project to use new technology to sequester carbon dioxide emissions from a coal power plant.
Slippery layer of partially melted rock underneath tectonic plate revealed using reflected dynamite blast vibrations.
Peruvian fossils suggest ancient African primates somehow crossed the Atlantic Ocean and gave rise to South American monkeys.
Stretching 90 million kilometers from their center, 37 stripes of dust around exoplanet were probably crafted by moons.
Among outrageously flirtatious birds called houbara bustards, old males may pay a penalty for years of extreme display.
50 years ago, space simulations focused on survival. Now, quality of life is critical, too.
‘Herd immunity’ to measles may be threatened by low vaccination rates in some parts of the United States.
A portion of women with eating disorders have a separate problem recognizing their own emotions, a condition called alexithymia.
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