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African-American genes show how slavery and the Great Migration shaped the U.S.

Princess Ojiaku, Quartz American history isn’t just something we learn about in school—it’s also something we carry in our genes. That’s one insight offered by a new study in PLOS Genetics on how slavery and African-American immigration patterns have shaped the contemporary demographics of the US. Read more

Jackie Chan Saves the Day: How Super Cop Improved a Solar Cell

Alane Lim, Helix It really was a bargain from the bargain bin. Graduate student Alex Smith wanted to make a solar cell work better, and he found his solution in the most unlikely of places: a Blu-ray copy of Jackie Chan’s Super Cop. Now picture a solar cell. It’s probably blue or some other dark… Read More ›

Gambling Addictions, Purple Sweat, Driving While Asleep—the Scary Side Effects Of Popular Meds

Cindy Kuzma, Men’s Health Michigan resident Bernard Zeitler knew he had a gambling problem. He spent years conquering his addiction to scratch-off lottery tickets, and even started a speaking and publishing company, Stand Tall Recovery Services, to help others with the same struggles. Read more