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Yucatec MayaC-sections are seen as breastfeeding barrier in the U.S., but not in other global communities

The increase in cesarean sections is on the verge of a global epidemic. Though the World Health Organization recommends an optimal C-section rate of 10-15 percent, the United States’ C-section rate is more than 30 percent.


Binge-watching political dramas with female lead characters could get you hooked on politics

Don’t feel so bad for binge-watching a political drama – it might lead to more civic participation, as long as the show features a female lead character.


Copper innovationMetal innovation offers a unique, cost-effective option for plumbing and manufacturing industries

A discovery made by researchers to help ensure water safety may have applications that reach far beyond plumbing. The researchers wanted to find alternative lead-free bronze alloys for use in water valves and the plumbing systems for more than 10 million homes in the United States.


prototype communicationYour body is your internet – and now it can't be hacked

Someone could hack into your pacemaker or insulin pump and potentially kill you, just by intercepting and analyzing wireless signals. This hasn't happened in real life yet, but researchers have been demonstrating for at least a decade that it's possible.


Bed bugsStudy identifies essential oil compounds most toxic to bed bugs

The synthetic pesticides used to control bed bug infestations face two problems: the insects are gaining a tolerance to them, and many consumers are looking for 'green' alternatives they consider safer to spray in their living spaces.


Zinia JamanResearchers at Purdue Center for Cancer Research develop innovative, more cost-effective method to make drugs

The Food and Drug Administration wants the pharmaceutical industry to get away from making drugs using the traditional batch method and switch to a more modern process known as continuous manufacturing.


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