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Oil Companies Fracking Into Drinking Water Sources, New Research Shows

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Some companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of […]

Scientists Quantify How We Look At Faces To Develop First Impressions

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — We take as little as 100 milliseconds to “read” a face for traits such as trustworthiness, but the consequences of such judgments often are far from fleeting, so a group of scientists set out to find out what drives these impressions. “For many reasons, including the increasingly pervasive use of images […]

Controversial Alaska Mine Project Wins One In Congress

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive in the face of warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency that it could devastate the finest run of wild salmon left on the globe. Members of the U.S. House […]

About Half Of Kids’ Learning Ability Is In Their DNA, Study Says

(MCT) — You may think you’re better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you’re probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person’s ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person’s […]

Summer ‘Polar Vortex’ Cooling Off Parts Of Us While The West Bakes

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another “polar vortex.” That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the Northern and Eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold air flows from northern Canada to the Great Lakes […]

When Brain Says Buy, You May Not Know Why

(MCT) — Billions of neurons fire in the brains of stock market traders as they decide whether to buy or sell shares in a matter of seconds. Some of these brain waves produce rational calculations about how best to make a profit, but others may not, suggests new research from the nascent field of neuroeconomics […]

Smallpox Discovered In Old Storage Room Near D.C.

(MCT) — National Institutes of Health workers preparing to move a lab in Bethesda, Md., found an unwelcome surprise in a storage room this month: vials of smallpox. There is no evidence that any of the vials was breached, and no lab workers or members of the public were exposed to the infectious and potentially […]

Scientists Come Up With Pass Codes You Can’t Forget

(MCT) — Imagine a whole new type of password — one that lets you dispense with all those numbers, letters and symbols, but is still impenetrable to attackers. Researchers at Britain’s University of York and the University of Glasgow have created a new password system that could one day allow users to access their bank […]

Lab Mice Get Addicted To Sun Exposure

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found mice that were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not exposed to UV light. They also experienced […]

UC Davis Study Links Autism To Pesticides

FRESNO, Calif. (MCT) — A new study released Monday suggests that pregnant women who live near agricultural fields where pesticides are sprayed are at increased risk of having a child with autism. The study by the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute found mothers exposed to organophosphates had a two-thirds increased risk of having a […]


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