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More discipline can lead kids to prison, new study finds

Oct. 1, 2019

Students in stricter middle schools are more likely to end up in jail or prison later in life, according to a new working paper from the Leeds School of Business.

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Race in America: How lawyers are defining racism, new maps tracking slavery in America and the legacy of slave music

Sept. 24, 2019

How do you define racism? How can new research help descendants of slaves better understand their family origins? We ask these questions and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

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When natural disaster strikes, men and women respond differently

Sept. 19, 2019

Women take cover or prepare to evacuate more quickly but often have trouble convincing the men in their lives to do so, according to a study on how gender influences response to disaster. It also found traditional gender roles and power dynamics resurface, and female voices often go unheard.


The unexpected complexities of TERT, a key cancer driver

Sept. 11, 2019

Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), an enzyme associated with nearly all malignant human cancers, is even more diverse and unconventional than previously realized.

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Mass shootings: What science says about an American epidemic

Sept. 10, 2019

In this week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we explore questions around mass shootings and also look at a new tool aimed at stopping a different kind of epidemic—firearm suicides.


A key ‘kill switch’ in a gene-regulating protein group

Sept. 9, 2019

A key regulatory process in a gene-suppressing protein group that could hold future applications for drug discovery and clinical treatment of diseases, including cancer.

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Sleeping too much—or too little—boosts heart attack risk

Sept. 2, 2019

Even if you are a non-smoker who exercises and has no genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease, skimping on sleep—or getting too much of it—can boost your risk of heart attack.


Accessibility: How soda bottles, the law and augmented reality are helping differently abled people

Aug. 28, 2019

We talk to a CEO making prostheses from plastic bottles, a lawyer fighting international copyrights for disability accommodations and a PhD student working on augmented reality lenses for NASA’s astronauts that could one day help blind people.

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Autism rates increasing fastest among blacks and Hispanics

Aug. 28, 2019

Autism prevalence, which has historically been higher among white children, is now more common among black youth in most states and climbing faster among Hispanic youth than any other groups.


Media, money and trust: How journalism’s business and ethics are changing in the digital age

Aug. 20, 2019

Journalism is changing. Print is struggling. Digital media is thriving. That’s changing how journalists make money and how the public trusts in the fourth estate.