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Are Big Cities Still A Primary Engine For Scientific Innovation?

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:03am

For scientists, there have long been advantages to working in big cities — in close proximity to other scientists and inventors. A new analysis delves into whether this is still the case.

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Hospitals Still Don't Give Moms Enough Support For Breast-Feeding

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 7:53pm

Although an increasing number of U.S. hospitals and other birthing centers now encourage women to breast-feed and teach them how, other common practices by staff hinder moms from sticking with it.

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New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 5:16pm

A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.

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Oregon Officials Replace Human Lookouts With Cameras To Spot Wildfires

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:22pm

Maintaining a fire tower lookout can be costly for wildfire agencies, but in the West, many towers are still staffed by seasonal employees. Now the Oregon Department of Forestry is phasing out human lookouts in exchange for highly sensitive cameras. These cameras have the potential to change the way fire departments detect fire nationwide.

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Two Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Physics For Neutrinos Discoveries

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:22pm

Arthur McDonald of Canada and Takaaki Kajita of Japan were awarded Nobel Prize in Physics Tuesday for discovering that subatomic particles called neutrinos can switch from one kind to another. NPR has more about the win and how it could change physics in a big way.

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Physics Nobel Awarded For Work On Neutrinos' Metamorphosis

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 5:25am

Working far apart, both Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald found that neutrinos shift identities like chameleons in space — and that they have mass.

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Nobel Prize In Physics To Be Announced

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:13am

A Nobel committee on Tuesday announces the winner of the 2015 prize in physics.

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How Often Are Female Authors Assigned By Male And Female Professors?

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:13am

Analysis finds that four in five course readings in the field of international relations are written by men. Female professors are 36 percent more likely to offer readings that have female authors.

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2 Scientists Win 2015 Nobel Prize In Physics

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:13am

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass," the committee announced Tuesday morning in Stockholm.

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An Ace Up The Poker Star's Sleeve: The Surprising Upside Of Stereotypes

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:08pm

Annie Duke was often the only woman at the poker table, which influenced the way people saw her, and the way she saw herself. Feeling like an outsider can come at a cost, but also can be an advantage.

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On Orders From Mao, Researchers Set Off On Nobel-Winning Drug Work

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:17pm

In the 1960s, Chairman Mao ordered scientists to find a malaria antidote to help ailing soldiers in North Vietnam. Today's Nobel Prize for medicine went to one of those researchers.

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U.S. Coast Guard Continues Search For El Faro Survivors

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:27pm

The search continues after El Faro, a 790-foot cargo ship, sank last Thursday in Hurricane Joaquin. One body has been found, but family members and search and rescue crews remain hopeful.

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How 'Forbidden' Black Rice Flourished For Millennia

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:55pm

Once reserved for the exclusive use of Chinese royalty, black rice these days has become the darling of gourmets seeking superior nutrition. Now geneticists have traced where this rare rice came from.

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The Surreal Reasons Girls Are Disappearing In El Salvador: #15Girls

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:36pm

Refuse to share a pencil, turn down a date, say no to your imprisoned dad — all of these can get a teen girl killed in El Salvador's gang war.

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Work On Parasite Diseases Earns Nobel Prize For Medicine

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 5:30am

The medicines they helped develop are credited with improving the lives of millions. Among the three winners: William C. Campbell of Drew University, for his work on the roundworm parasite.

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Nobel Prize In Medicine Announced

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:45am

William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine.

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Nobel Season Kicks Off With Prize In Medicine

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:06am

Scientists from the U.S., Japan and China won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine. The 3 researchers won for discovering drugs used to treat parasitic diseases that affect millions of people each year.

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Finding A New Self When Your Brain Betrays You

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:03pm

As his Alzheimer's disease advances, Greg O'Brien finds his personality shifting, too. "I know I can't go back to who I was before," he says. "I've got to learn to live with the new me.

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For Environmentalists, Mines Near Wilderness Are Too Close For Comfort

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 11:03am

A couple is spending 365 days in the nation's most visited wilderness area to raise awareness of a sulfide-ore mining plan they say will put the watershed ecosystem in danger. Some locals disagree.

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What's At The Edge Of A Cloud?

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:09pm

Scientists soared through clouds with a new instrument that takes 3-D pictures of the edge. What they learned about the size and density of droplets surprised them, and might lead to better forecasts.

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