Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens' Brains

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Flinching as a gunshot whizzes past your window. Covering your ears when a police car races down your street, sirens blaring. Walking past a drug deal on your block or a beating at your school. For kids living in picket-fence More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, June 15th, 2018
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Hippo Dung Fouls Up Freshwater Fisheries

Hippo poop is piling up in Tanzania’s freshwater fisheries—which is bad news for biodiversity, and deleterious for the dinnerplate. Jason G. Goldman reports.  Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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Puerto Rico's Water System Stutters Back to Normal

Carmen Rodríguez Santiago counts herself lucky to have any water service at home. But eight months after Hurricane Maria, the 52-year-old security guard said the faucets in her cream-and-pink-colored house More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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First SpaceX Hyperloop Transit Pod Contender Unveiled [Video]

Editor’s Note (06/14/18): Scientific American is re-posting the following article, originally published May 14, 2016, in light of Elon Musk’s announcement that the City of Chicago has chosen More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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Could Artificial Intelligence Take the Art Out of Medicine?

It has been said that the practice of medicine is both an art and a science. For example, different patients react differently to the same medication for the treatment of anxiety, and what works for one patient More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
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New Probiotic Cholera Vaccine Can Outrace the Infection's Rapid Spread

One of the most terrifying things about cholera is its lethal speed. A victim can consume contaminated food or water, come down with diarrhea a day later and, if untreated, be dead a day after that—having More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
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A Litmus Test for Bad Breath

Researchers engineered a portable device that detects even the tiniest trace of hydrogen sulfide—one of the primary offenders in bad breath. Karen Hopkin reports.  Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
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Can Facebook Use AI to Fight Online Abuse?

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Facebook has released statistics on abusive behavior on its social media network, More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
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The Battle Behind the Periodic Table's Latest Additions

The mood at Bäckaskog Castle in southern Sweden should have been upbeat when chemists and physicists gathered there for a symposium in May 2016. The meeting, sponsored by the Nobel Foundation, offered researchers More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
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Targeting Inflammation May Protect and Restore the Brain after Stroke

In an ischemic stroke a clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain, depriving oxygen and nutrients to part of the crucial organ. Without immediate treatment this can cause irreversible tissue damage, leading to complications More...