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New CDC report finds stunning suicide increases among middle-aged Americans

JUDY WOODRUFF: There’s been a stunning increase in the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans. The finding is part of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that spells out how much suicide is a growing public health concern in the U.S. Ray Suarez has more. RAY…

Honey bee die-off caused by multiple factors including pesticides

A federal study released today attributes the massive die-off in American honey bee colonies to a combination of factors, including pesticides, poor diet, parasites and a lack of genetic diversity. Nearly a third of honey bee colonies in the United States have been wiped out since 2006. The estimated…  …

Nate Silver: ‘Prediction is a really important tool, it’s not a game’

Nate Silver made a name for himself with his uncannily accurate predictions of baseball scores and US election results. But some things – from earthquakes to terrorism – even he can’t predict It takes a brave man to bet against the New York Times’ polling guru Nate Silver. The founder…

Harvard scientists successfully make fly-like robots that can hover, fly around

US scientists have devised tiny winged robots inspired by flies that could one day help pollinate crops or aid the search for survivors at collapse sites — once they get off the leash, that is. The prototypes by researchers at Harvard University weigh 80 milligrams and have managed short controlled…

Scientists warn Chinese-made air-transmissible bybrid bird flu puts humanity at risk

Immunologists expressed concern Friday about the “dangerous” work of scientists in China who created a hybrid bird flu virus that can spread in the air between guinea pigs, and now lives in a lab freezer. The team from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Gansu Agricultural University wrote in…

Study finds genetic similarities between different types of aggressive cancers

Some of the most devastating forms of cancer have genetic similarities even though they strike different body parts, according to new studies out Thursday. The new research — one study focused on a form of leukemia, in the New England Journal of Medicine, and a second on endometrial cancer, in…

Flight of the RoboBee: Researchers hope ‘drones’ could serve as a robotic pollinator for plants

Five individual robotic flies of identical design are shown alongside a U.S. penny for scale, demonstrating that the manufacturing process facilitates repeatability and mass production.(Courtesy of Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon) A robotic fly with a body not much taller than a penny standing on…  …

Solar-powered aircraft to make first cross-continental flight in U.S.

An innovative solar-powered aircraft is set to launch from California Friday on a flight across the United States, aiming to showcase what is possible without fossil fuels. The experimental Solar Impulse plane — with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but the weight of a small car — bears 12,000…

Insecticide linked to extreme spike in dragonfly and snail die-offs

Dutch research reveals correlation between water polluted with imidacloprid and low numbers of aquatic insects The world’s most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies, snails and other water-based species, a groundbreaking Dutch study has revealed. On Monday, the insecticide and two others were banned for two years from use on some crops…

New ‘Porn Studies’ academic journal to debut next spring

By John Dugdale, The Guardian First peer-reviewed journal invites experts to contribute in time for spring debut Porn Studies needs your contributions. The Routledge academic periodical will debut next spring, and a call for papers appeared this week soliciting submissions for “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore…

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