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Gene discovery may prevent preterm births

Researchers have discovered that a specific gene called Nodal appears to determine when a pregnant woman will go into labor. The finding could offer new ways …

Major increase in Europe’s refugee and migrant death rate: UNHCR

The “Desperate Journeys” report states that 40 per cent fewer of those on the move, entered Europe via the Mediterranean this year, compared with 2017. An …

Are we doomed to repeat prehistoric vegetation loss?

Unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the current warming from climate change may drive a dramatic shift in vegetation within the next 100-150 years, …

How kids rank different ways of putting food on a plate

A child’s age and gender affect how they want their food arranged on their plate, research shows. “As a researcher, I have anecdotally heard parents say …

5 ways retail stores could work better for online shoppers

As stores close their brick-and-mortar outposts in the hopes of shifting sales to their websites, online purchases could suffer as well, according to new …

Reserve half of Earth for wildlife? Not so fast

While some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth’s surface to preserve most of its species, new research indicates that quality, not …

With AI, jobs are changing but no mass unemployment expected

Ekkehard Ernst, Chief of Macro-economic policies and job unit at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), says the manufacturing sector does not stand …

How Aretha Franklin changed American music

She’s a singular figure at a key moment in American music. By mid-century the major styles of African American music—jazz, gospel, blues, rhythm & …

Inactivity puts physical and mental health of more than 1.4 billion adults at risk, says WHO

Published in The Lancet Global Health journal on Wednesday, the study highlights the well-established benefits of being physically active, including a lower …

Did unmarried celebrity moms spark a trend?

Between 1940 and 2009, the number of US births to unmarried women increased from about 4 percent to nearly 41 percent. New research investigates whether …