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How neutrinos, which barely exist, just ran off with another Nobel Prize

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imageNeutrinos, we're looking for you!Amber Case, CC BY-NC

Neutrinos take patience. They’re worth it, and the announcement of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes that, following related prizes in 1988 and 2002. Ironically, these near-undetectable particles can reveal things that cannot be seen any other way.

I could begin by telling you that...

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The secret Maoist Chinese operation that conquered malaria – and won a Nobel

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image1964 poster: 'Prevent Malaria and Take Care of People's Health.'Painted by Wu Hao 吴昊

At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Project 523 – a covert operation launched by the Chinese government and headed by a young Chinese medical researcher by the name of Tu Youyou – discovered what has been the most powerful and...

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Why women aren't getting long-acting contraception when they need it most

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Why are 50% of pregnancies unintended in the US? Why are poor women more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy? One reason is that women can’t get the kind of birth control they want, when they need it.

One of the key times women need reliable contraception is soon after they give birth. More than half...

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With a shaky legal foundation, are daily fantasy sports a billion-dollar house of cards?

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imageDraftKings will sponsor professional poker players like Ken Weimer – indicative, perhaps, of the demographic they're courting.World Poker Tour/flickr , CC BY-NC

You can’t escape it. Advertising for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is everywhere.

Put in some cash. Create a team – or multiple teams – on any given day. Root for your...

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Why new US ozone standards aren't enough to protect health and the environment

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imageGround-level ozone levels in US lag other countries' guidelines for air quality. urbanfeel/flickr, CC BY-ND

On October 1, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced new standards for ground-level ozone. Much of the discussion around the new regulations has centered either on whether they are protective enough of health or on how much...

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Combating 'neglected' diseases using nature's apothecary

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imageIndonesian schoolchildren show off the mark they've just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world's 'neglected' diseases.CDC Global, CC BY

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology recognized three researchers who made pioneering contributions to the treatment of parasitic diseases, which affect tens of...

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Is the 2015 Nobel Prize a turning point for traditional Chinese medicine?

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imageNever before has a Nobel gone to an expert in traditional Chinese medicine. bomb_bao/flickr, CC BY-SA

I’m sure I’m not the only one surprised by the announcement that half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has gone to a researcher who spent her entire career researching traditional Chinese medicine. Based at the Chinese...

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Who you gonna trust: how power affects our faith in others

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imageWhy do we trust people with power (other than politicians)?Reuters

One of the ongoing themes of the current presidential campaign is that Americans are becoming increasingly distrustful of those who walk the corridors of power – Exhibit A being the Republican presidential primary, in which three of the top four candidates are outsiders of...

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A somber message on World Teachers' Day 2015: our teachers are at risk

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imageThe work of teachers is not valued as much as other professions.BES Photos, CC BY-NC-SA

What is among the first actions that brutal totalitarian regimes take upon assuming power? They imprison, exile or “disappear” teachers.

Dictators employ such harsh tactics because of the role teachers play in society. Teachers provide not only a...

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  5. The Umpqua, Oregon shootings: portrait of the killer as a young man
  6. What public health researchers want you to know about gun control
  7. The University of Texas faculty are watching Oregon uneasily
  8. How do libraries get away with banning books?
  9. Jobs market is stuck in neutral – it's time candidates talk about how to fix it
  10. Plain cigarette packaging: healthier citizens, sicker state finances?
  11. The Martian: a space epic that explores ordinary human decency
  12. Is 'The Slants' racist? Court ruling on band name could upend trademark law
  13. Could Iran continue its nuclear program in Syria?
  14. Corporate climate scientists: advocates for science or protectors of status quo?
  15. I'm a librarian who banned a book. Here's why.
  16. The problem with rating people on the new app Peeple
  17. Do brain interventions to treat disease change the essence of who we are?
  18. A genetic test could predict future troubles for kidney donors – why not use it?
  19. Children who understand emotions become more attentive over time
  20. Does nature have value beyond what it provides humans?
  21. Forget the antioxidant pills; just stick with veggies
  22. Homeschooled children do not grow up to be more religious
  23. Chip-enabled cards may curb fraud, but consumers will be picking up the tab
  24. How close are we to actually becoming Martians?
  25. Free speech is no excuse for Muslim-baiting
  26. Mining for metals in society's waste
  27. Shell's abandoned well and the myth of the Arctic oil land grab
  28. What happens when you try to read Moby Dick on your smartphone?
  29. Pakistani drone strikes should worry Obama
  30. The not-so-invisible damage from VW diesel cheat: $100 million in health costs
  31. Is cyberbullying all that goes 'over the line' when kids are online?
  32. Banks will help ensure Iran keeps promises on nukes
  33. Why do female comedians disappear after dark?
  34. Safer chemicals would benefit both consumers and workers
  35. Should older Americans live in places segregated from the young?
  36. Beer behemoths struggle to fend off craft brew craze
  37. The pope, the premier, the president – and the retreat of globalization
  38. Despite Shell's about-face, interest in Arctic oil grows
  39. Antibiotic overuse might be why so many people have allergies
  40. For the Islamic State, music is the 'alcohol of the soul'
  41. Graduate education is a mess. Shouldn't universities fix it?
  42. Jesuits as science missionaries for the Catholic Church
  43. How could VW be so dumb? Blame the unethical culture endemic in business
  44. Volkswagen scandal will send costly ripples through auto industry
  45. VW needs massive marketing campaign to regain consumer trust – and survive
  46. Boehner resigns: scholars see trouble ahead for GOP
  47. Testing ancient human hearing via fossilized ear bones
  48. Pope Francis goes to Washington – but speaks past the politicians
  49. In too many ways, America's poorest communities are just like prison
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