Humans

  1. Psychology

    You’re too distracted. Here’s why that matters and what to do about it

    Science reveals the many reasons we are so distracted, from poor sleep and social media to diet and exercise. It also shows us how to take back our focus.

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  2. Humans

    Explainer: What is autism?

    Autism is not a disease, but a description used to characterize a certain type of brain development.

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  3. Science & Society

    U.S. lawmakers look for ways to protect kids on social media

    The U.S. government wants to protect young social media users from exploitation, bullying and more. The companies should play a role in this, it says.

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  4. Brain

    Handwriting may boost brain connections that aid memory

    Writing with a pen — but not typing — boosted links between regions used for motion and memory. That may help explain why writing fosters learning.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Health problems persist in Flint 10 years after water poisoning

    Flint, Mich., residents still show health impacts long after a switch in their drinking-water source exposed them to toxic lead and other pollutants.

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  6. Science & Society

    Community action helps people cope with Flint’s water woes

    Activism, social media and public education are helping residents in the aftermath of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    9 things to know about lead’s health risks — and how to curb them

    Lead has been linked to lower IQ, behavior problems, mental-health disorders, strokes and more health impacts. There are ways to reduce your exposure.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Family, friends and community inspired these high school scientists

    When looking for research ideas, listen to the people around you. What problems are they facing? What could you do to help?

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  9. Health & Medicine

    The teen brain is especially vulnerable to the harms of cannabis

    Today’s concentrated cannabis products — with higher THC levels — may pose greater risks of addiction and psychosis than ever before.

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  10. Science & Society

    Music has the power to move us physically and emotionally. Here’s why

    The way music impacts the brain can improve mood and overall health.

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  11. Physics

    Neutrons are unveiling hidden secrets of fossils and artifacts

    Images made with these particles have revealed details of dinosaur bones, mummies and more.

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  12. Archaeology

    Iron Age grave in England points to a possible woman warrior

    The grave holds a sword. It hints the buried woman fought or helped plan raids some 2,000 years ago in what’s now southwest England.

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