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Have children? Here's how kids ruin your romantic relationship

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Lots of women look forward to motherhood – getting to know a tiny baby, raising a growing child, developing a relationship with a maturing son or daughter. All over the world, people believe that parenting is the most rewarding part of life. And it’s good that so many mothers treasure that...

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Pregnancy: cooperative paradise or conflict-driven battle between mother and child?

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imageThere's a battle for resources going on in there.Christian Glatz, CC BY-NC-ND

Pregnancy sounds like the ultimate form of animal cooperation – mothers share their own bodies to grow and support their children’s prenatal development. But in reality, embryos use every trick in the book to take more than their fair share. Mothers, in turn,...

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Simulating evolution: how close do computer models come to reality?

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Darwin’s theory of evolution is a simple but powerful framework that explains how complexity can come from simplicity: how everything biological around us – from the microbial biofilms on your teeth to the majestic redwood trees – emerged from the very...

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Reading to your child: the difference it makes

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imageCalifornia elementary school teacher doing shared reading.Kathleen Tomscha, CC BY

If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond.

So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does...

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Should Florida 'frack' its limestone for oil and gas? Two geophysicists weigh in

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imageFlorida's unique geology means alternative fracking methods would be used, but can aquifers be safely separated from injection wells? jsjgeology/flickr, CC BY-SA

Florida is on the front lines of a debate over the spread of the controversial drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which raises a crucial question: are the state’s...

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Domestic violence is often omitted from sentencing reforms. Here's why that's a mistake

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On March 8, the Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill setting new mandatory minimum sentences in domestic violence cases. Those convicted of domestic violence three times must serve 85 percent of their sentences prior to release, regardless of their conduct while imprisoned. The Iowa Senate voted unanimously to adopt the law on April 6.

Legisl...

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New research is connecting genetic variations to schizophrenia and other mental illnesses

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We know that changes in our genetic code can be associated with an increased risk for psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But how can a genetic mutation lead to complex psychiatric symptoms such as vivid hallucinations, manic episodes and bizarre delusions?

To find out, researchers are trying to...

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Clinton and Trump: different visions of America abroad

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Despite the media’s best efforts to keep us guessing, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are now the overwhelming favorites to represent the Democratic and Republican parties in the presidential election in the fall.

And as Donald Trump’s speech last week made clear, they represent two very different potential trajectories for...

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