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Why gender evades easy definitions regardless of what the Trump administration says

Kristina Olson, Sheri Berenbaum | 
According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is “considering narrowly defining gender as ...
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What makes human brain cells so powerful?

Diana Kwon | 
Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal revolutionized the study of the brain when he observed neurons for the first time ...
Beyond the binary: Science suggests there’s more than just male or female

Beyond the binary: Science suggests there’s more than just male or female

Claire Ainsworth | 
Sex can be much more complicated than it at first seems. According to the simple scenario, the presence or absence ...
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Keeping artificial intelligence free of intentional bias

Douglas Yeung | 
The conversation about unconscious bias in artificial intelligence often focuses on algorithms that unintentionally cause disproportionate harm to entire swaths ...
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Promising treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy developed with CRISPR gene editing

Dina Maron | 
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a life-threatening muscle-wasting illness. Occurring mostly in males, it is the most common type of muscular ...
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Can exercise lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s?

Jonathan Grinstein | 
For the 50 million individuals worldwide ailing from Alzheimer’s disease, the announcements by pharmaceutical giants earlier this year that they will end ...
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Exploring color blindness through human retinas grown in lab

Diana Kwon | 
A paper published October 11 in Science uses a retina grown outside the body to show how cones develop into the eyes’ color sensors ...
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Cracking the code for facial recognition

Knvul Sheikh | 
Brain-imaging studies have revealed that several blueberry-size regions in the temporal lobe—the area under the temple—specialize in responding to faces ...
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Seeking a simple blood test to detect deadly preeclampsia disorder earlier in pregnancy

Josie Glausiusz | 
When Leigh Ann Torres was in her 29th week of pregnancy, she experienced a sudden, 14-pound weight gain along with terrible swelling ...
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Growing mini ‘brains’ from skin cells offers promise for personalized medicine

Sam Rose | 
Imagine the following transformation. A pea-sized chunk of your skin breaks apart in a dish of salts and serums. The ...
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Seeking to expand the role of ‘electroceutical’ therapies

Geoffrey Ling, Corinna Lathan | 
Electroceuticals—devices that treat ailments with electrical impulses—have a long history in medicine. Think pacemakers for the heart, cochlear implants for ...
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‘Risky decisions’ and why our brains make it so easy for us to gamble

Bret Stetka | 
A new study by a team from Johns Hopkins University appears to have identified a region of the brain that plays a ...
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Can we grow clothing textiles from living organisms?

Erica Cirino | 
[A] small but growing group of innovators is turning to the genius of nature in an attempt to put wastefulness ...
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Transforming treatment of diabetes with insulin-producing cellular implants

Sang Yup Lee | 
Many people with diabetes prick their fingers several times a day to measure blood sugar levels and decide on the ...
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‘Fight or flight’: Body’s natural stress response linked to depression, diabetes and heart disease

[Our] so-called “fight-or-flight” response served our ancestors well, but its continual activation in our modern-day lives comes with a cost ...
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Are digital gadgets hurting our brains?

Elena Pasquinelli | 
Ten years ago technology writer Nicholas Carr published an article in the Atlantic entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” He strongly suspected ...
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Proxima Centauri b: Why Earth’s cosmic neighbor could be suitable for life

Adam Mann | 
Ever since the discovery of the exoplanet—known as Proxima Centauri b—in 2016, people have wondered whether it could be capable of ...
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New opioid promises ‘gold standard’ pain relief without the addiction

Stephani Sutherland | 
Opioid drugs like morphine and Oxycontin are still held as the gold standard when it comes to relieving pain. But ...
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Searching for alien life: Why we shouldn’t ignore low-oxygen ‘dead planets’

Lucas Joel | 
Until recently, little was known about oxygen’s abundance in the atmosphere [when] microbes were the only life on the planet ...
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Why curing the common cold is so difficult

Angus Chen | 
The hunt for a cure for the common cold began in the 1950s, shortly after scientists discovered the primary group ...
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She’s blind, but sees movement. Woman’s condition may help us understand brain’s inner workings

Bahar Gholipour | 
Milena Canning can see steam rising from a coffee cup but not the cup. She can see her daughter’s ponytail ...
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Repairing paralysis? ‘Growth cocktail’ shows promise for severed nerves

Emily Willingham | 
[R]esearchers have coaxed nerve cells to span the divide of a complete spinal cord injury. Their findings, described August 29 in Nature, ...
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Here’s one of the reasons obese people have trouble losing weight

Bret Stetka | 
Obesity rates in the U.S. and abroad have soared: The world now has more overweight people than those who weigh ...
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In the search for aliens, we need ‘a robust definition’ of life

Caleb Scharf | 
Even though we still struggle with finding a satisfactory definition of life, that doesn’t mean that we can’t think about ways that ...
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‘Remarkable’ love child: Here’s what happened when a Neanderthal met a Denisovan

Richard Conniff | 
In a remarkable twist in the story line of early human evolution, scientists have announced the discovery of “Denisova 11”—a ...
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Study shows link between autism and widely banned pesticide DDT

Sara Reardon | 
Mothers with high levels of the pesticide DDT in their blood during pregnancy are more likely to bear children who ...
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Crops engineered to consume less nitrogen fertilizer could protect vulnerable ecosystems

Daniel Ackerman | 
Rice, wheat and other grains that have been bred to produce larger harvests using less land have been critical to ...
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Searching for the origins of the ‘dark traits’ of humanity

Scott Kaufman | 
We all know people who consistently display ethically, morally, and socially questionable behavior in everyday life. Personality psychologists refer to ...