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How Public Sewage Tests Reveal a Shift Away From Illegal Weed

When the citizens of Washington voted to legalize cannabis in 2012, the potential effects this change would have on the state were a mystery. With a thriving black market on the West Coast of the US, it wasn’t at all clear whether Washingtonians would embrace state-licensed cannabis dispensari...

The 'Stress Vaccine' May Be Another Step Closer To Reality

Bacteria was here long before us, will be here long after us, and never stops serving up secrets about how it affects us. A new study just revealed another big one concealed by bacteria living in the dirt beneath us that may bring us closer to the development of the long-theorized “stress vacc...

How fathers, children should spend time together

As men everywhere brace for an onslaught of ties, tools, wallets and novelty socks gifted for Father’s Day, here are two questions fathers of young children should ask themselves: What activities are best for bonding with my child, and when should those activities take place?

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Why do bats have such bizarrely long lifespans?

In mammals, there's a relatively simple relationship among metabolism, body mass, and lifespan. For the most part, as the size of the mammal goes up, its metabolism slows down and its longevity increases. There are exceptions, and we are one of them. We're much longer lived than other mammals ...

Climate Undermined by Lobbying

“There is a striking disconnect between what is needed to avoid dangerous climate change and what has actually been done to date,” said Meng, a professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and in the Department of Economics. One common explanation for that disconnect,...

Pre-conception maternal helminth infection transfers via nursing long-lasting cellular immunity against helminths to offspring

Maternal immune transfer is the most significant source of protection from early-life infection, but whether maternal transfer of immunity by nursing permanently alters offspring immunity is poorly understood. Here, we identify maternal immune imprinting of offspring nursed by mothers who had ...

Music helps to build the brains of very premature babies

In Switzerland, as in most industrialized countries, nearly 1% of children are born "very prematurely", i.e. before the 32nd week of pregnancy, which represents about 800 children yearly. While advances in neonatal medicine now give them a good chance of survival, these children are however at...