To stay alive, try being more female

Women and children first, right? The idea that the female body is more vulnerable is pervasive in the public imagination. But in biology, it is increasingly clear the male body has that dubious honour. So let’s talk a bit about innate female strength, shall we? When it comes to fighting …

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Food, sex, drugs and more – are we addicted to addiction?

OsakaWayne Studios/Getty Images What links sex, drugs and sausage rolls? Depending on who you ask, all of them can be addictive to the point of harm. But while it is uncontroversial that people can become dependent on heroin or cocaine, the science behind many other supposed addictions isn’t so clear …

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Efforts to Draft a Global Pandemic Treaty Falter

Geneva — A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed — for now — to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic. After …

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What to look for in mosquito repellents

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — There’s an old joke that mosquitoes are like family: They are annoying, but they carry your blood. Mosquito season is starting to rev up across much of the United States. And that means bug bites. When a mosquito bites you, it pierces the skin using a …

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