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Drinking coffee could lead to a longer life, scientist says

Here’s another reason to start the day with a cup of joe: Scientists have found that people who drink coffee appear to live longer. Drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease for African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos ...

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In Cuba, Trump’s Reversal Could Hurt Small Businesses

HAVANA — For Yasser González, a software developer who now makes his living as a bike tour guide in Havana, the onset of American tourism has been akin to a second Cuban revolution. For a nine-hour tour marketed by Airbnb, Mr. González, 31, can pull down as much as $ ...

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Ecologists Are Drowning in Sea of Data. These Tools Could Help

When marine ecologists released the Ocean Health Index for the first time in 2012, it was a majestically ambitious achievement. The index, born of a collaboration among dozens of scientists, economists and environmental managers at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and ...

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Veggies Grown With Toilet Water Could Be Headed to Your Table

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “It’s going to be kind of noisy—and very smelly,” Laura Anhalt warns, laughing, as we enter our first building at the primary wastewater treatment plant in Modesto, California. She’s right: The funk of processed sewage hits quickly. Inside, a conveyor ...

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How a Single Gene Could Become a Volume Knob for Pain

Steven Pete was born in 1981 in the 2,200-person town of Castle Rock, Washington, near Mount Saint Helens. At around 6 months old, when Pete started teething, he chewed off part of his tongue. As he got older he would bang his head against walls, not even stopping when it ...

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Accelerometers Could Finally Fix the NFL’s Concussion Crisis

Tears streamed down Luke Kuechly’s face as he sat on the turf. Nothing about the the Carolina Panthers linebacker’s fourth-quarter collision with New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower seemed especially gruesome—that Thursday night game in November had seen much harder hits, and more would follow in the six weeks ...

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How Did Life Begin? Dividing Droplets Could Hold the Answer

A collaboration of physicists and biologists in Germany has found a simple mechanism that might have enabled liquid droplets to evolve into living cells in early Earth’s primordial soup. Origin-of-life researchers have praised the minimalism of the idea. Ramin Golestanian, a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Oxford ...

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More VW Executives Could Be Charged, Court Documents Suggest

The hunt for the people behind Volkswagen’s emissions scandal did not end with the company’s plea bargain this week. There was the man identified in court documents only as “Supervisor B,” who overruled nervous subordinates and told them to develop the illegal software. Don’t get caught, he told them, according ...

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