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  • CHICAGO -- Personalized "smart" guns that can only be fired by their rightful owners are already available in Europe and may reduce adolescent suicides, accidental shootings of children and the use of stolen firearms in crimes. How one type of smart gun works | AAAS/Carla Schaffer The guns, which...
  • CHICAGO -- Why dogs can't dance but sea lions can came under intense scrutiny by a panel of experts at the AAAS Annual Meeting. "Understanding to what extent different animal species can move in time to a musical beat may help us better understand how our own capacity to enjoy music evolved," said...
  • Family Science Days at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting | AAAS/Carla Schaffer CHICAGO -- Over 1,800 kids and adults from across Chicagoland came to the first of two Family Science Days at the AAAS Annual Meeting, where they extracted DNA from bananas, dug worms from bins of dirt, shot swirls of mist...
  • CHICAGO - Parents looking for the one single move they can make that will guarantee a healthy outcome for their baby are out of luck. There is no silver bullet to producing an optimal outcome when it comes to human infants, said Katie Hinde, an assistant professor of human evolution and biology at...
  • From left to right: Jules Lobel, Huda Akil, Craig Haney, Peter Scharff Smith, Robert King | AAAS/Janel Kiley CHICAGO -- Solitary confinement appears to fundamentally alter the brain and induce numerous psychological and physical effects, researchers said at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting. "A prison...
  • Cities are going up in the world, and not necessarily in a good way. At the AAAS Annual Meeting, a 15 February seminar on the future of cities posed the big question: should cities become more densely populated, or should people be more widely dispersed? For Antony Wood, who heads the Council on...
  • CHICAGO -- Social media can provide scientists with opportunities to communicate with the public and promote their work, but they shouldn't feel pressured to start tweeting on Twitter, editing Wikipedia or posting to Instagram before they're ready. "You don't want to force it," said Maggie Koerth-...