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Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years

There is ample research about how harmful Instagram is for teen girls, especially around body image. It turns out Facebook’s own research confirms it.

4 strategies for a UN breakthrough on energy and climate change

For the first time in 40 years, the UN General Assembly is convening a global summit of world leaders to talk solely about energy.

Bitcoin will soon be 'legal tender' in El Salvador – here's what that means

The country became the first to make bitcoin a formal part of its payments system, but whether it’ll catch on is another story.

Researchers trained mice to control seemingly random bursts of dopamine in their brains, challenging theories of reward and learning

Mouse brains produce random, strong bursts of dopamine and are able to control them. This may challenge many long-held ideas about learning and motiva...

At my hospital, over 95% of COVID-19 patients share one thing in common: They’re unvaccinated

Although stretched thin and imperfect, health care workers do our best for everyone who needs us, regardless of the personal choices people have made.

How the Purdue opioid settlement could help the public understand the roots of the drug crisis

The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.

Zinc-infused proteins are the secret that allows scorpions, spiders and ants to puncture tough skin

Many small animals make their teeth and claws from a smooth blend of proteins and heavy elements. These materials can form very sharp tools that make...

Hurricane Ida turned into a monster thanks to a giant warm patch in the Gulf of Mexico – here’s what happened

Ida exploded from a weak hurricane to a powerful Category 4 storm in less than 24 hours, thanks to heat from an ocean eddy. An oceanographer explains...

Microeconomics explains why people can never have enough of what they want and how that influences policies

Microeconomics analyzes how individuals and businesses behave as they try to get the most they can for as little money as possible.

Bilingual people with language loss due to stroke can pose a treatment challenge – computational modeling may help clinicians treat them

Computational modeling can predict language therapy response in bilingual people with aphasia. In the future, this could help clinicians identify the...

Breathing wildfire smoke can affect the brain and sperm, as well as the lungs

Here are some of the ways wildfire smoke particles or the inflammatory signals they cause could reach the brain and what researchers found in the sper...

What happens when the COVID-19 vaccines enter the body – a road map for kids and grown-ups

An infectious disease doctor explains the science behind COVID-19 vaccines at a level that children – and adults – of all ages can understand.

Data privacy laws in the US protect profit but prevent sharing data for public good – people want the opposite

Profit-friendly data privacy laws in the U.S. are out of step with public sentiment and hinder uses the public supports, from reducing opioid overdose...