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Los Angeles Times

Extreme binge drinking common among high school seniors (September 16, 2013)

Binge drinking is common among high school seniors, with some downing as many as 15 or more alcoholic drinks in a row, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.


Inner ear defects linked to hyperactivity, study finds (September 5, 2013)

A genetic defect in the inner ear has been shown to cause hyperactive behavior in mice, scientists reported in the journal Science. The findings may explain why children with severe hearing loss also tend to exhibit hyperactive behavior


The secret behind soda's bite? Not bubbles, study finds (August 22, 2013)

Bubbles aren’t needed to experience the burning sensation, but they do enhance it, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One.


Test of PfSPZ malaria vaccine encouraging (August 8, 2013)

A trial of an experimental malaria vaccine called PfSPZ gave protection to 12 of the 15 people who received it. But researchers caution that more work is needed.


Magma can take 'highway from hell' to fuel volcanic eruptions (August 1, 2013)

Magma from deep within the Earth's mantle can surge through a volcano in a matter of months rather than thousands of years or more, as previously thought, according to a study published in the journal Nature.


Dolphins use signature whistles to call each other by 'name' (July 22, 2013)

Scientists have discovered that bottlenose dolphins address each other using "signature whistles" -- indicating that other species came up with names for individuals before humans did, new research shows.



Fossils suggest T. rex was, indeed, king of the food chain (July 15, 2013)

Some paleontologists argue that T. rex may have simply scavenged the remains of dead animals it happened to find. Now scientists have unearthed what they say is the first direct evidence that the dinosaur king hunted its prey,


Gene therapy using HIV helps children with fatal diseases, study says (July 11, 2013)

Gene therapy researchers say they used a safe version of HIV to prevent metachromatic leukodystrophy and halt Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome in children.


Agriculture arose in many parts of the Fertile Crescent at once (July 5, 2013)

A rich trove of artifacts and plant remains excavated from southwestern Iran suggest that ancient humans' transition from hunting and gathering to farming occurred throughout the Fertile Crescent at roughly the same time.


Gene sequencing of cholera bacterium from Haiti points to U.N. source (July 3, 2013)

The United Nations sent Nepalese peacekeeping troops to bring relief to Haiti after it was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake in 2010. A new study concludes the peacekeepers brought something else, as well -- cholera.

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