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Directing group lets chemists reach remote C–H bonds

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New reaction activates γ-C–H bonds over the conventionally favored β-C–H bonds

Rescued from a war zone, an Iraqi chemist finds a future in pharma

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A scholarship led Firas Jumaah to graduate studies at Lund University, which then saved him and his family from Islamic State militants

Oxytocin analogs show promise for developing drugs for social behavior challenges

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Effects of the analogs in mice genetically engineered to have autism- and depression-like symptoms lasted as long as 24 hours

National Academy of Science elects new members

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This year marks the highest percentage of women ever elected to the academy

From our archives: An essay on gallium, by Oliver Sacks

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To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, C&EN is re-releasing its favorite essays from a special 2003 collectors' issue celebrating the elements

The struggle to keep women in academia

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Incremental gains in the number of women in chemistry faculty can't outpace the growing number who choose other careers

Air pollution may impair children's memory

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Exposure to particulate matter linked to cognitive deficits in young children

Waiting (and waiting) for rejection

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Chemjobber offers advice on how employers can ease the most difficult part of job searching

A cognitive neuroscientist warns that the U.S. justice system harms teen brains

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The U.S. justice system holds adolescents to adult standards, and puts young people in situations that harm their development, a researcher argues.

Being bilingual is great. But it may not boost some brain functions

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A large study of U.S. bilingual children didn’t turn up obvious benefits in abilities to ignore distractions or switch quickly between tasks.

How a former teacher uses dirt bikes to inspire young students

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Former teacher Brittany Young is always looking for ways to get young students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Since dirt bikes are popular in Baltimore, she decided to...

Fighting academic failures

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Children from undereducated, low-income families face a greater risk of poor academic performance. But schools are capable of decreasing these risks. Experts from the Higher School of Economics have studied...

Baltimore says it will not pay ransom after cyberattack

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The US city of Baltimore, a victim this month of a cyberattack that paralyzed part of its computer network, will not pay a ransom to undo the damage, Mayor Bernard...

'Loser effect' evolves separate from fighting ability

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The "loser effect—which causes animals to shy away from violence after losing a fight—evolves independently of any change in fighting ability, new research suggests.

Better together: human and robot co-workers

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More and more processes are being automated. Self-driving delivery vehicles are finding their way into many areas. However, an interdisciplinary research team has observed that cooperation between humans and machines...

Do you hear what I hear?

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A new study found that infants at high risk for autism were less attuned to differences in speech patterns than low-risk infants. The findings suggest that interventions to improve language...

Support needed for multiple-birth families to improve outcomes

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Having multiple-birth babies can be a time of wonder and excitement, however, according to the first-ever international collaborative report released today, these babies and their families can face serious disadvantages...

Growing up high: Neurobiological consequences of adolescent cannabis use

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About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis. Neuroscientists have been researching the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such...

The message that addiction is a disease makes substance users less likely to seek help

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Research finds that people with substance-use problems who read a message describing addiction as a disease are less likely to report wanting to engage in effective therapies, compared to those...

Put more father friendly cues in OB/GYN offices

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A new study finds that by adding a few subtle cues to prenatal care waiting rooms, such as photos of men and babies, and pamphlets and magazines aimed toward men,...

Children Change Their Parents' Minds about Climate Change

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Study of students schooled on the issue showed them going on to shift their elders’ attitudes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

How to Be a Data-Driven Parent

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Economist Emily Oster explains how to make the best decisions for your particular child, using the scientific evidence at hand -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

NFL union advises players to plan for work stoppage of 'at least' a year

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The NFL Players Association is advising players to plan for a work stoppage of "at least" a year in 2021.

Lakers GM: Kobe Bryant dined with Heath Ledger after actor's death

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Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka once told his players former Lakers star Kobe Bryant dined with Heath Ledger after the actor had died in 2008.

MacKenzie Bezos pledges to donate half of her wealth to charities

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Novelist and billionaire MacKenzie Bezos has pledged to donate half of her wealth to charities.

The politics of ugly buildings

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In 1984, when the British government was planning to build a flashy modernist addition to the National Gallery in London, Prince Charles offered a dissenting view. The proposed extension, he said, resembled “a...

Memorial Day 2019 Is No Time to Rest for Busy Astronauts

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As Americans around the world gear up for ceremonies and cookouts to celebrate Memorial Day today (May 26), astronauts in space are hard at work.