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In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:54am

A comparison of two memory training methods often used by scientists found that one was twice as good as the other. But neither succeeded in turning people into cognitive superstars.

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Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:53am

Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of Houston. Scientists are now trying to identify contaminants spread by the storm, including those in mud at the bottom of the Houston Ship Channel.

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China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:52am

After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China's government is temporarily shutting down entire industrial regions to inspect for violations.

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'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 5:39am

Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China's total. They're all receding at a record pace — and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.

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Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:40pm

Last year, the Orionids were hampered by a bright moon. But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in the sky, which should allow the remnants of Halley's Comet to shine.

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Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:35pm

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

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To Reduce Risk Of Recurring Bladder Infection, Try Drinking More Water

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:20pm

While it may seem simple, drinking water flushes bacteria out of the urethra, helping to prevent infection in women prone to them. And it also may help reduce the use of antibiotics.

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 9:30am

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras.

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Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:00am

Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in how livestock are raised in recent years. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.

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CIA Trainee Washes Out Of Bomb-Detection, Reassigned To Living Room

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:56am

The agency says that Lulu, a black Labrador being trained to sniff out explosives, just wasn't that into it.

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For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:34pm

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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Should College Professors Give 'Tech Breaks' In Class?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:51am

Is it necessary coddling or just good science to give college students breaks to check their phones in class? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look.

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Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power Of Play

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:00am

A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports.

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A New Era For Astronomy Has Begun

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:02pm

Astronomy is forever changed by the viewing of the collision of neutron stars; we can now watch these processes in many different ways as they run their course, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Computer Learns To Play Go At Superhuman Levels 'Without Human Knowledge'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:52pm

Researchers say they have constructed an AI program that can teach itself to play the ancient strategy game at a level far beyond humans.

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Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:49pm

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

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Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:35am

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

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Where Do We Come From?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:06am

Look in a microscope to find out.

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Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59pm

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:04am

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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