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Eating a Western diet impairs the immune system in the gut that could increase risk of infection and inflammatory bowel disease, suggests a new a study in mice and people, that showed that a diet high in sugar and fat damages immune cells in the gut that keep inflammation in check.

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Scientists have found a new way to convert the world's most popular plastic, polyethylene, into jet fuel and other liquid hydrocarbon products, introducing a new process that is more energy-efficient than existing methods and takes about an hour to complete.

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17 US states implemented laws allowing people age >21 to possess, use and supply limited amounts of cannabis for recreational purposes. This has led to a 93% decrease in law enforcement seizures of illegal cannabis and >50% decrease in law enforcement seizures of heroin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

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A person’s stance on abortion is linked to their, often inaccurate, belief about when a fetus can feel pain, a new study has found. This may be due to women being the targets of anti-choice disinformation campaigns, which systematically overstate the pace at which embryos and fetuses develop.

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Gentrification of inner city areas may be partly driven by the increasingly long hours of higher-income workers who move to city centers to cut commutes and demand less crime and more restaurants. The study found that by 1990, working longer hours became more common among the "high-skilled".

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Large pharmaceutical companies test drugs in dozens of foreign countries but often don't bother to make the drugs available to those nations once the drugs are approved in the US, a significant bioethics issue. Countries with lowest access to drugs tested on their residents were African countries.

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Studying science isn’t what makes students less religious: College majors that focus on inquiry rather than applying knowledge are more likely to secularize students, according to a new study that breaks with the traditional claim that exposure to science leads people away from religion.

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Scientists create an effective personalized anti-cancer vaccine by combining oncolytic viruses, that infect and specifically destroy cancer cells without touching healthy cells, with small synthetic molecules (peptides) specific to the targeted cancer, to successfully immunize mice against cancer.

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Scientists found that the muscle mass of orangutans on Borneo was significantly lower when less fruit was available. That’s remarkable because orangutans are thought to be good at storing fat for energy. Any further disruption of their fruit supply could have dire consequences for their survival.

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