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Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who had eluded authorities for decades....

 

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too. Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day, according to a large government survey released...

 

Apple closing iPhone security gap used by law enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to...

 

NIH ends alcohol study, citing funding, credibility problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, saying ethical problems with how the research was planned and funded undermine its credibility. The...

 

Fiber optics? Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

NEW YORK (AP) — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated? Browse supermarket shelves, and it's easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That's because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice...

 

Organs-on-chips: Tiny technology helping bring safe new drugs to patients faster

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Getting a new pharmaceutical from an idea in the chemistry lab to market takes many years and billions of dollars....

 

NASA's record-breaking spacewoman retires as astronaut

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired Friday less than a year after returning from her last and longest spaceflight. She's spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three...

 

Developer defends school-shooting game as victims complain

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The developer of a school-shooting video game is vowing to continue selling it online as parents of slain children and other mass shooting victims work to get the game wiped off the internet. The "Active Shooter" game was...

 

Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

WASHINGTON (AP) — The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study. In the last quarter century, the southern-most...

 

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. Officials said Wednesday they're hopeful the rover will...

 

Court rules no privacy for cellphone with 1-2-3-4 passcode

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man serving 18 years in prison in South Carolina for burglary was rightfully convicted in part because he left his cellphone at the crime scene and a detective guessed his passcode as 1-2-3-4 instead of getting a warrant, th...

 

Study: 2014 Napa quake may be linked to groundwater changes

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Research suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth's crust because of seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The...

 

Sexual harassment rampant in science, culture change urged

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sexual harassment is rampant in academic science, and colleges and universities that train new scientists need a system-wide culture change so women won't be bullied out of the field, a national advisory group said Tuesday. In...

 

Living with neighborhood violence may shape teens' brains

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Flinching as a gunshot whizzes past your window. Covering your ears when a police car races down your street, sirens...

 

Sweden charges man at center of Nobel scandal

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The man at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, was Tuesday charged with two counts of rape of a woman in 2011. Swedish...

 

Mind molding psychedelic drugs could treat depression, and other mental illnesses

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) It seems that psychedelics do more than simply alter perception. According to the latest research from my colleagues...

 

Can Facebook use AI to fight online abuse?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Facebook has released statistics on abusive behavior on its social media network, deleting more than 22 million...

 

Stress is bad for your body, but how? Studying piglets may shed light

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Stress affects most of us to one degree or another, and that even includes animals. My lab studies early-life stress...

 

New firefighting helicopter technology tested in California

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Southern California agencies are field-testing equipment intended to enable helicopters to more quickly fill with water while battling wildfires. Anaheim Fire & Rescue, the Orange County Fire Authority and OC Parks...

 

Could science diplomacy be the key to stabilizing international relations?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) It’s no secret that United States–Russia relations are currently rife with tension and mistrust. The news is...

 

Schools use yoga, meditation to boost learning, ease stress

PLUMSTEAD, Pa. (AP) — From an area that looks more like a yoga and recreation room than a traditional classroom, a new kind of learning was unfolding at Groveland Elementary School in Plumstead. Fourth-grader Jordan Pieczynski jogged in place...

 

US Open setup relies as much on science as instincts

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open prefers to be looked upon as the ultimate test in golf, which can be an invitation for trouble. Mike Davis knows that as well as anyone. He was at Shinnecock Hills early Sunday morning in 2004 — two years...

 

Facebook shared user data with select companies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook shared personal information culled from its users' profiles with other companies after the date when executives have said the social network prevented third-party developers from gaining access to the data, the...

 

Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — An enigmatic sculpture of a king's head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts. The 5-centimeter (2-inch) sculpture is an exceedingly rare example...

 

College whiz kid, 13, has scientific research published

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Most students fail the first midterm in Michael Young's organic chemistry lecture at the University of Toledo. In spring 2017, the average was a 50. But one student, Daniel Liu, scored a 99. "He smoked the competition," Young...

 

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