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No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:59am

A man with Ebola spent four days out in the Dallas community, possibly infecting others. So why are health officials so sure they can stop Ebola from spreading?

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Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:59am

The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rainforest. Plus, about 2,000 species are found only in the park.

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On The Alert For Ebola, Texas Hospital Still Missed First Case

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:40pm

Diagnosing and treating Ebola isn't so hard, health workers say; hospitals across the U.S. should be ready. But initial symptoms, such as fever and headache, can look the same as other illnesses.

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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:07pm

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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Experimental Drug Jams Ebola Gene To Fight The Virus

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:06pm

A drug being tested against Ebola makes use of new scientific insights that could prove useful for treating other illnesses, including one that is inherited.

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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's a Bat

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:42am

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?

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Toll From Japanese Volcano Reaches 48 Dead

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:01am

Mount Ontake, located about 125 miles west of Tokyo, unexpectedly belched toxic gas last week as scores of people hiked near the summit.

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From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:45am

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

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Federal Judges Sends Wyo. Wolves Back To Endangered Species List

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:08pm

Just two years after the Obama administration removed federal protections for wolves in the state of Wyoming, a federal judge has reinstated them, saying that the state's plan for managing the species was inadequate and largely unenforceable.

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'Human Flesh' Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:04pm

In a stunt to promote the next season of the hit zombie show The Walking Dead, London chefs have concocted a burger inspired by human flesh. They're giving them away Tuesday at a pop-up restaurant.

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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:07pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.

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Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:43pm

A recent study from researchers at UCLA found that kids who spent a week at outdoor camp — away from all electronic devices — got a lot better at picking up emotion in other people's faces.

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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:57am

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

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Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:06am

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.

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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:37am

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:25am

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries of the Brain By Talking And Watching

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:26am

If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis will likely be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.

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What Drives Abortion: The Law or Income?

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 9:25am

About 5 million women worldwide are admitted to hospitals each year because of complications after an abortion. But the key to stopping these injuries may have nothing to with changing the law.

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:48am

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:48am

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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