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Changing weather and planting practices in recent decades have led to increased corn yields, but whether the findings will apply to other crops and regions remains unknown.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

Dogs successfully detected malaria parasites in infected children by sniffing their socks.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

Some states still fall behind in election security for the midterms.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Researchers found that adding a full twist made it possible to break spaghetti in half.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New theoretical models help urban planners understand how residents think about clean air.

Jennifer Leman, Contributor

Online extremist groups emerge like curdling milk, a dynamic that may also describe how the recently disclosed fake Facebook accounts attract followers.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Canadian company shows that hydrocarbon fuel made from captured CO2 could compete with fossil fuels.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

The major war between law enforcement and cell phone manufacturers is mostly over.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

As law enforcement increasingly uses body-worn cameras, researchers are studying the roles of camera design and perspective.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

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