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A Brain Tweak Lets Mice Abstain From Cocaine

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:47am

Scientists have created addiction-resistant mice by altering the reward system in their brains. The findings shed light on the biochemistry of addiction.

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To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:31am

What's the single most important thing that the world's farmers could do to reduce global warming? Give cattle — especially in the tropics — faster-growing, more nutritious pasture.

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Signs Of Hope At Oroville Dam, After Overflow Sparked Large Evacuation Sunday

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:58am

Lake Oroville's water level has finally dropped below its record high, after residents scrambled to comply with an evacuation order Sunday.

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This Heatless Habanero Packs All Of The Flavor With None Of The Burn

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:00am

Some breeders vie to grow ever more mouth-burning peppers. The guy behind the Habanada had a different goal: a habanero with no heat all. The aromatic, melon-like result is winning over top chefs.

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Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:30am

A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgements from social media may play a role, researchers say.

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Remembering The 'Edutainer' Who Made Statistics Come To Life

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:36am

He called himself an "edutainer." His gift was bringing statistics about the world to life. Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin remembers Swedish statistician Hans Rosling, who died this week.

Saving The Planet, One Burger At A Time: This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:21am

Pat Brown was a renowned biomedical researcher. But he left that to tackle what he saw as the biggest problem facing Earth: animal agriculture. His solution: a veggie burger so beef-like it bleeds.

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Look Up! Astronomer Details Upcoming Trifecta Of Celestial Activity

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

First, go outside, then look up! There's a trifecta of celestial activity Friday night, says astronomer Jackie Faherty, plus another sky watching tip.

EPA Staff Pulled From Alaska Summit After Trump Team Orders

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

The White House transition team told about half of the Environmental Protection Agency officials scheduled to attend an Alaska climate and environment conference to stay home. The EPA cites travel costs, but some of those kept away live right in Anchorage.

1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed Them

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 9:41am

The Mississippian American Indian culture rose to power after 900 A.D. by farming corn. Now, new evidence suggests a dramatic change in climate might have led to the culture's collapse in the 1300s.

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Can The Internet Help You Get The Right Diagnosis?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors told Jen Brea that her symptoms were psychosomatic, so she filmed herself and turned to the Internet for guidance. She describes how her online community helped her find the right diagnosis.

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When Does Medicine Leave Women Behind?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Men and women experience some diseases differently. Doctor Paula Johnson says this is alarming — because most treatments were designed for men, not women.

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What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors often take a patient's race into account when making a diagnosis--or ruling one out. Professor Dorothy Roberts says this practice is both outdated and dangerous.

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Is Pain A Symptom Or A Disease?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors are often puzzled when pain lives on after the underlying cause goes away. Medical professor Elliot Krane explains why it can makes sense to think of chronic pain as a disease.

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What Happens When You Have A Disease Doctors Can't Diagnose?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Jen Brea's doctors thought her fatigue and neurological symptoms were psychosomatic — but she knew that wasn't quite right. She shares her journey to find the right diagnosis.

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A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers – And Improve Diets, Too

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:00pm

Once a staple in India, millets have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Now, faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing these drought tolerant cereals to people's diets.

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In Studying Sick Fish, Scientists Trace History Of Fevers

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:11am

Carp are a major food source, but they've been plagued by viruses. Scientists now say they have a simple solution. And along the way, they hit on an ancient commonality between fish and people.

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While Others Saw Refugees, This German Professor Saw Human Potential

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:01am

Carmen Bachmann, a professor in Leipzig, is building an online network to help political refugees who are scientists or social scientists connect with professional peers in Germany — their new home.

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When Man's Best Friend Is The Worst At Truffle Hunting

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 6:14am

Truffles are a culinary delicacy that sell for big bucks — and some dogs have long been bred specifically to sniff them out. But could any old dog be trained to pick up this lucrative new trick?

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How Biases Affect Stock Analyst Predictions

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:13am

Research shows that financial analysts have biases in things like gender and names when it comes to evaluating companies.

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