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Think Facebook can manipulate you? Look out for virtual reality
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Think Facebook can manipulate you? Look out for virtual reality

In our research into the emerging definition of ethics in virtual reality, my colleagues and I interviewed the developers and early users of virtual reality to understand what risks are coming and how we can reduce them.

Bison slaughter’s destructive legacy for Native Americans
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Bison slaughter’s destructive legacy for Native Americans

When the bison were exterminated from North America, indigenous populations lost an inch of height in just a generation.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise
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How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

Physical fitness has been definitively tied to improved academic achievement and schools are starting to take notice.

Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly
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Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in their final year of life.

Bad bedside manna
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Bad bedside manna: Bank loans signed in the hospital leave patients vulnerable

Hospitals are increasingly offering “patient-financing” strategies, cooperating with financial institutions to offer on-the-spot loans to make sure patients pay their bills.

How a thrill-seeking personality helps Olympic athletes
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How a thrill-seeking personality helps Olympic athletes

Though we all share an interest in new sensations, what sets high sensation-seeking personalities apart is that they crave these exotic and intense experiences to an extent that they’re willing to risk their health.

How VW paid $25 billion for Dieselgate — and got off easy
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How VW paid $25 billion for Dieselgate — and got off easy

For nearly a decade, from 2006 to September 2015, VW anchored its U.S. sales strategy on a breed of cars that turned out to be a hoax.

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In spite of a growing shortage in male-dominated vocations, women still aren’t showing up

At a time when there is an acute shortage of welders and other tradespeople, hardly any women are being trained for these and other well-paying jobs.

How a group of janitors started a movement to stop sexual abuse
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How a group of janitors started a movement to stop sexual abuse

It all started in early 2016, when leaders of the janitors union in California got news that shocked them: The vast majority of their members had either witnessed or experienced sexual harassment on the job.

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others
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New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

Our findings indicate that the creative brain is “wired” differently and that creative people are better able to engage brain systems that don’t typically work together.

The toxic chemical whack-a-mole game
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The toxic chemical whack-a-mole game

A growing number of scientists, advocates, parents and public officials are urging a fundamental shift in how society restricts toxic chemicals.

Why does music make us emotional?
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Why does music make us emotional?

Some of our most powerful responses to music come from expectation, tension, then resolution. 

Thirdhand smoke: Your skin absorbs nicotine from air and clothing
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Thirdhand smoke: Your skin absorbs nicotine from air and clothing

Nicotine in the air and clothing permeates skin and enters the bloodstream at levels equivalent to inhalation of secondhand smoke.

Maya Portillo
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In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich

Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share. 

Gargantuan black hole discovered in the young universe
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Gargantuan black hole discovered in the young universe

Weighing in at about 800 million times as massive as our sun, it presents a puzzle to scientists trying to figure out how it could have grown so big so fast.

How one district solved its special education dropout problem
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How one district solved its special education dropout problem

Efforts to remove the stigma for students with disabilities have paid off.

Trump administration plan to add Medicaid work requirement stirs fears
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Trump administration plan to add Medicaid work requirement stirs fears

“Medicaid coverage is not something that should be earned,” said Robert Doherty, senior vice president at the American College of Physicians. “Medicaid is not a welfare program."

How the ‘king of viruses’ makes its hosts act like monsters
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How the ‘king of viruses’ makes its hosts act like monsters

New research suggests the rabies virus uses a snake venomlike compound to manipulate infected animals.

A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: deportation
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A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: deportation

Anthony Raimondo has become widely known for performing a sort of magic trick. He can sometimes make legal complaints against his clients – and the people who file them – disappear.

Hospitals step in to help house the homeless
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Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.