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  • The dongle, containing a microfluidic chip, is powered by plugging into a smartphone's audio jack. | Samiksha Nayak A smartphone can now perform rapid diagnostic tests for HIV and syphilis, thanks to a new dongle, which was successfully field-tested in Rwanda. With accuracy that rivals the current...
  • Three-day old chicks use a mental number line that reads left to right, just as humans do. | Rosa Rugani A new study shows that chicks use the same mental number line, or left-to-right spatial representation of numbers, as humans. The findings suggest that this tendency to map values from left to...
  • AAAS's Office of Publishing and Member Services (OPMS) ended 2014 with style, winning a MarCom Platinum Award and two Golds. Sketch from the "Greatest Innovators in History" T-shirt campaign | AAAS/Tzeitel Sorrosa The MarCom Awards were created by the Association of Marketing and Communication...
  • The hormone oxytocin can stimulate mice with autism-like symptoms to be more social, according to a new study. The research on young mice suggests a potentially critical window during early development when oxytocin can produce long-lasting benefits. The findings are published in the 21 January...
  • Stereotypes that suggest men have certain natural talents that most women do not might be partly responsible for the distribution of gender across various fields of academia, researchers say in a new study. Sarah-Jane Leslie from Princeton University and a group of American colleagues suggest that...
  • Researchers have developed a soft, flexible neural implant that integrates with the central nervous system of a rat. When implanted below a spinal cord injury, the device can restore locomotion in paralyzed rodents with fewer of the negative side effects that plague traditional, stiffer treatments...
  • Researchers have been trying to figure out why cancer develops in some human tissues, such as colon tissue, far more frequently than in others, such as bone. Now, a new study suggests that random mutations that occur in healthy, dividing stem cells can explain much of this dramatic variation, with...
  • The Rosetta spacecraft caught up with the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko beyond Mars this August, and its preliminary results — along with the studies it will allow in the near future — top this year's list of the most important scientific breakthroughs, according to the editors of...
  • Eric Jarvis describes how the massive avian genome project revealed key relationships and events within bird evolution. | AAAS/ Carla Schaffer An international team of researchers has sequenced the genomes of 45 avian species and created the most reliable tree of life for birds to date. Their new...
  • Offering disadvantaged youth summer employment, even if it's part-time and pays minimum wage, might be a relatively cheap and effective way to decrease youth violence, according to a new study. One Summer Plus participants were less likely to commit violent crimes for more than a year after their...