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NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth

4 hours 28 min ago

During astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space, scientists will compare his physiology with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.

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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:40pm

An official investigation into an accident last February at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.

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Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:32pm

The shrinking of ice at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite images suggests.

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Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:38pm

Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.

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Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:29pm

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.

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Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:21pm

Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.

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A Single Gene May Decide Why Some People Get So Sick With The Flu

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:06pm

A single genetic mutation might decide who ends up in bed with the sniffles and who heads to the hospital, because it shuts down immune system molecules called interferons.

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'Super Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:08pm

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.

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Mosquitoes Can Smell Inside Your Blood

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:15pm

When malaria parasites infect blood, they manufacture odor molecules that smell sweet to mosquitoes, scientists report. So how do these odors get from the bloodstream to the insects?

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University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:14pm

Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they're trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.

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Scientists Discover A New Form Of Ice — It's Square

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:01pm

Researchers were surprised by what they found when they sandwiched a drop of water between two layers of an unusual two-dimensional material called graphene.

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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:04pm

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:29am

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.

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Super Slick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:03am

A new coating makes ketchup slide out of the bottle and toothpaste slip out of a tube, right down to the last drop. So why not put the slick surface on an Ebola suit so the virus doesn't stick?

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Safer Anthrax Test Aims To Keep The Bioweapon From Terrorists

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Current tests require growing anthrax in the lab, which isn't the best option for labs in Afghanistan. So engineers have come up with a credit-card-sized test that could make the world a safer place.

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Sandia Labs Develops Safer, Smaller Anthrax Test

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Engineers have come up with a credit-card-sized test for the presence of anthrax bacteria. They believe the new test will make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on the deadly bacteria.

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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:48pm

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:01pm

Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.

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Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:22am

Early efforts to test legal marijuana are finding that it's got lots of buzzworthy THC. But it can also have fungus, chemical residue and bacteria. What that means for health and safety isn't clear.

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How Money Managers' Personal Lives Affect Your Investments

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:04am

For some people who discover a sudden drop in their investments, social science research offers a surprising explanation. When a hedge fund manager gets divorced, they underperform by 7.4 percent.

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