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Why massive new youth sports facilities may not lead to the tourist boom many communities hope for when they build them

New research suggests parents are too focused on their children’s competition to spend time or money on things that don’t involve the tournament, hotel stays or quick dining.

Richard Buning

Sperm donation is largely unregulated, but that could soon change as lawsuits multiply

Many people are filing lawsuits after discovering that sperm banks failed to verify information from donors about their medical and personal backgrounds.

Naomi Cahn

These machines scrub greenhouse gases from the air – an inventor of direct air capture technology shows how it works

Klaus Lackner is finding new ways to cut the technology’s high costs and energy demand, and he’s about to launch the first ‘mechanical tree.’

Klaus Lackner

Walmart Might Soon Be Rolling Out Its Own Cryptocurrency

New trademark applications filed by the retailer could completely disrupt the metaverse.

Emily Rella

How does excess sugar affect the developing brain throughout childhood and adolescence? A neuroscientist who studies nutrition explains

Kids often crave processed sugary foods. But research shows that consuming too many treats during childhood and adolescence may lead to behavioral and emotional problems.

Lina Begdache

Netflix Is Raising Prices in the U.S.

The higher prices will apply to new members immediately.

Amanda Breen

Building machines that work for everyone – how diversity of test subjects is a technology blind spot, and what to do about it

It’s easy for researchers to fall back on using test subjects from the communities around them – students and employees. Branching out is key to avoiding technology that fails certain...

Tahira Reid

How much candy do Americans eat in a whole year?

A healthy diet can include some candy. But if you eat too much, it can interfere with your appetite for the stuff your body actually needs.

Rahel Mathews

What's the difference between sugar, other natural sweeteners and artificial sweeteners? A food chemist explains sweet science

Just because something is sweet doesn’t necessarily mean it is sugary. There are a number of molecules that taste sweet. To understand how and why takes a little bit of...

Kristine Nolin