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Climate change concerns have largely ignored role of access to effective contraception

Climate change concerns have largely ignored the importance of universal access to effective contraception, despite the impact of population growth on greenhouse gas emissions, argue experts.

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Sequencing African genomes yields new data resource with broad applicability

By collaborating globally in a new, large-scale effort, researchers have made strong progress in sequencing genomes from regions and countries across Africa. These findings will enable more broadly representative and relevant studies ranging from basic through clinical genetics.

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New insights into biological underpinnings of schizophrenia

Researchers have implicated 10 new genes in the development of schizophrenia using a method called whole exome sequencing, the analysis of the portion of DNA that codes for proteins. A global consortium of schizophrenia research teams incorporated genetic data from over 125,000 people to gain deeper insights into the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia.

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Rise in testosterone level boosts young women’s running capacity

A rise in the level of the male hormone testosterone significantly boosts young physically active women’s capacity to run for longer, reveals a new study.

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Physical activity in lessons improves students’ attainment

Students who take part in physical exercises like star jumps or running on the spot during school lessons do better in tests than peers who stick to sedentary learning, according to a new study.

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Airborne chemicals instantly identified using new technology

Scientists have developed a device that can identify a wide range of airborne gases and chemicals instantly.

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Plotting air raids on Britain: Map shows devastating impact of WWII Luftwaffe strikes

The interactive map uses wartime data from The National Archives to pinpoint more than 30,000 locations that were struck in the UK over the course of the war — including the first ever attack on British shores on October 16, 1939.

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Stress during pregnancy may affect baby’s sex, risk of preterm birth

A new study has identified markers of maternal stress — both physical and psychological — that may influence a baby’s sex and the likelihood of preterm birth.

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Last year’s extreme snowfall wiped out breeding of Arctic animals and plants

In 2018, vast amounts of snow were spread across most of the Arctic region and did not melt fully until late summer, if at all. Researchers documented the consequences of this extreme weather event at Zackenberg, Northeast Greenland by extensively monitoring all components of the local ecosystem for more than 20 years, allowing them to compare life in the extreme year of 2018 to other, more ‘normal,’ years.

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New evidence that hip and knee steroid injections more dangerous than thought

A new study reveals that commonly given hip and knee steroid intra-articular injections may be harmful in some patients with at-risk conditions or may cause complications that are not well understood.

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