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Why prescription drugs can work differently for different people

The same dose of a drug can have varying degrees of effectiveness and safety depending on how well the liver can metabolize it.

In cities, dangerous heat exposure has tripled since the 1980s, with the poor most at risk

Hot, humid population centers are becoming epicenters of heat risk as climate changes worsens. It’s calling into question the conventional wisdom that urbanization uniformly reduces poverty.

Puerto Rico has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a clean energy grid – but FEMA plans to spend $9.4 billion on fossil fuel infrastructure instead

Four years after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, federal money to rebuild its electricity system is finally about to flow. But it may not deliver what islanders want.

What is the smallest animal ever?

Scientists have identified the world's smallest animal – for now. It could be possible smaller creatures exist that have not yet been discovered.

Want to do more for your favorite charity? Consider a planned gift

Far fewer Americans include plans for bequests to nonprofits in their wills than give to charity on a regular basis. The pandemic could be a good reason to change that.

Declined invitations go over more graciously when lack of money is cited instead of lack of time – new research

Several studies found that using the excuse ‘I don’t have time’ when declining an invitation harmed the relationship with the person who extended it.

Tylenol could be risky for pregnant women – a new review of 25 years of research finds acetaminophen may contribute to ADHD and other developmental disorders in children

Tylenol has long been considered a go-to medication for low to moderate pain and for fever reduction, even during pregnancy. But mounting evidence suggests that it is unsafe for fetal...

Britney’s conservatorship is one example of how the legacy of eugenics in the US continues to affect the lives of disabled women

The legacy of eugenics is still active in the U.S. Paternalistic attitudes and policies on the reproductive agency of disabled people is one way it manifests.

To swim like a tuna, robotic fish need to change how stiff their tails are in real time

Researchers used an old theory on vibrating plane wings to study how fish swim so well. They were able to double the swimming efficiency of their robotic fish over a...

Havana syndrome fits the pattern of psychosomatic illness – but that doesn't mean the symptoms aren't real

Havana syndrome has spread to government officials around the world and stumped doctors for years. Despite news of mysterious attacks, evidence sugges...

50 years ago, the first CT scan let doctors see inside a living skull – thanks to an eccentric engineer at the Beatles' record company

On Oct. 1, 1971, Godfrey Hounsfield’s invention took its first pictures of a human brain, using X-rays and an ingenious algorithm to identify a woman’s tumor from outside of her...

The music of proteins is made audible through a computer program that learns from Chopin

Many features of proteins are analogous to music. Mapping these features together creates new musical compositions that help researchers learn about proteins.

Combining an HIV vaccine with immunotherapy may reduce the need for daily medication

People with HIV need to take daily medication to keep the virus at bay. A study has found that a new treatment combination could boost immunity and control virus levels...

Ancient Americans made art deep within the dark zones of caves throughout the Southeast

For thousands of years, Native Americans left their artistic mark deep within caves in the American Southeast. It wasn’t until 1980 that these ancien...