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Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question
U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than than sham surgery in their randomized test.
11/21/2017 12:44 AM
Dog Owners Have Lower Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease, Swedish Data Suggest
Researchers looked at hospital visits in Sweden's public health care system and checked them against dog registration records. They found dog owners had lower rates of heart disease.
11/20/2017 11:27 PM
Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data
Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.
11/20/2017 09:55 PM
Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A 'Medicane.' What's That?
European weather sites posted imagery showing the swirling wind patterns and a waterspout over the Mediterranean. The low pressure system shared characteristics of tropical cyclones.
11/20/2017 08:47 PM
How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums?
Researchers took temperature readings in Nairobi's biggest slum during the summer and compared it to readings from a weather station half a mile away. There definitely was a difference.
11/20/2017 08:44 PM
Can Science Explain The Human Mind?
Science will one day explain visual perception and memory loss. But will it also explain romantic love and morality? Tania Lombrozo considers people's beliefs about what science can and can't explain.
11/20/2017 07:53 PM
Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Regulators' OK In Nebraska, Clearing Key Hurdle
The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to approve the controversial pipeline — albeit not on the route preferred by TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL.
11/20/2017 05:55 PM
Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity
When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.
11/20/2017 04:46 PM
How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods
For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing.
11/20/2017 09:54 AM
To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves
The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.
11/18/2017 10:43 PM
Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia
Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.
11/17/2017 04:34 PM
The Big Idea Behind Big Data
As we find our way in a world shaped by Big Data, it's not the reams of information we gather but the networks they illuminate that's the newest addition to science's index of things, says Adam Frank.
11/17/2017 04:02 PM
Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?
When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.
11/17/2017 02:19 PM
Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For The Developing World?
In many countries, uneven and unpaved roads make it hard to get around in a standard wheelchair. MIT engineer Amos Winter describes his design for an affordable, lever-powered, all-terrain wheelchair.
11/17/2017 02:19 PM
Canadians Root For An Underdog Health Policy Idea From The U.S.
A center created by the Affordable Care Act to foster innovations in health care is at risk in Donald Trump's U.S. But some Canadian health analysts see it as a model for curbing health care's cost.
11/17/2017 10:00 AM