May 14, 2018 RSS feed / Science

After a death,

... how much can ‘broken heart’ hurt survivors?

You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. More...

Businesses balance Facebook privacy concerns, ad needs

NEW YORK Some small businesses that use Facebook ads to promote themselves and attract new customers are wrestling with whether they need to change strategy after the company’s recent data-misuse scandal. More...

Science says: The amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

WASHINGTON Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that’s not nearly enough. More...

Get into my car ... Amazon begins delivery to vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO   Amazon’s latest perk ... More...

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

WASHINGTON Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said recently that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better. More...

Global warming mixing up dinner time

WASHINGTON   Global warming is screwing up nature’s intricately timed dinner hour, often making hungry critters and those on the menu show up at much different times, a new study shows.  More...

Netflix proving to be a tough act for copycats to follow

SAN FRANCISCO Netflix’s video-streaming service has been thriving for so long that other companies are striving to duplicate its success in other kinds of digital entertainment and content. More...

Driverless cars give hope to blind, but are automakers serious?

OCALA, Fla. In 2012, Steve Mahan, who is blind, climbed into the driver’s seat of a self-driving car and rolled up to the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in a video that’s been viewed more than 8 million times online. More...

Getting kids to a good weight by 13 may help avoid diabetes

There may be a critical window for overweight kids to get to a healthy level. More...

Boss buzzing you after hours?

One place might let you say buzz off

NEW YORK Technology that once promised freedom from the confines of an office has, for many workers, become a ball and chain, blurring the lines between work hours and, well, any other hours. More...

Africa’s scientists encouraged to become next Einstein

KIGALI, Rwanda   South African geneticist Vinet Coetzee held up a malaria-diagnosing scanner that she said can be developed for use in Africa’s rural areas without the need for blood samples or lab tests.  More...

Older people hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease. More...

Science says:

What we know about cancer risk and coffee

Trouble is brewing for coffee lovers in California, where a judge ruled that sellers must post scary warnings about cancer risks. But how frightened should we be of a daily cup of joe? More...

Deep dive reveals ‘the bay’ can heal

CHESAPEAKE, Va. For the last few years, experts have touted annual progress in restoring underwater grasses to the Chesapeake Bay, and credited that progress to ongoing efforts to curb nutrients in the vast watershed. More...

Cellphones gain acceptance inside schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. Cellphones are still absent from most U.S. schools but new data shows them steadily gaining acceptance as administrators bow to parents’ wishes to keep tabs on their kids and teachers find ways to work them into lessons. More...

Italian robot concierge ... at your service

PESCHIERA DEL GARDA, Italy Robby Pepper can answer questions in Italian, English and German. More...

AmazonGo

Officials share insights into shopper behavior

LAS VEGAS   A key executive behind Amazon Go, the online leader’s much heralded cashier-less grocery store, says she was surprised at how many customers were hesitant to just walk out the store.  More...

Risks from pot smoke?

Early science suggests yes

The inspiration arrived in a haze at a Paul McCartney concert a few years ago in San Francisco. More...

Researcher captures striking video of minke whale

WELLINGTON, New Zealand   Marine mammal expert Dr. Regina Eisert thought minke whales were a little boring until she captured some striking footage of one swimming underwater near Antarctica. Now she thinks they’re beautiful.  More...

Sweet science:

Putting corn syrup to work on Earth’s origins

NARRAGANSETT, R.I.   How has the Earth evolved, and what’s in store for the future? It’s a sticky question that has graduate student Loes van Dam covered in corn syrup by the end of a day in the lab.  More...