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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:38pm

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don't turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Your Brain May Want That Bottle Of Soda Because It's Easy To Pick Up

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:37am

Coca-Cola has launched a small, easy-to-hold bottle in Kenya. And the size and shape could make people crave it. That's the belief of psychologist Sian Beilock, author of How the Body Knows Its Mind.

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Your Brain May Want That Bottle Of Soda Because It's Easy To Pick Up

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:37am

Coca-Cola has launched a small, easy-to-hold bottle in Kenya. And the size and shape could make people crave it. That's the belief of psychologist Sian Beilock, author of How the Body Knows Its Mind.

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Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:24am

Google Vice President Vint Cerf says that our complete reliance on digital information that is often not preserved could result in an information "black hole" for future historians.

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Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:31am

The latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia takes us online. Some people think interacting with these machines is changing us all — for better and worse.

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Space Station Astronauts In Star Wars-Themed Crew Pic

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:38pm

First there was suited-up astronaut Leland Melvin posing with his dogs. Now, a Space Station crew set for launch in September has donned Jedi robes.

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8 Million Tons Of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:09pm

A scientist estimating the weight of candy wrappers, bags, bottles, syringes and other plastic trash in the world's water sees a synthetic tsunami. Should China and India create more landfills?

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Gardener's Twofer: First Ketchup 'N' Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:34pm

British horticulturalists have figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. This plant, called Ketchup 'N' Fries, has crossed the pond and is now available to gardeners in the U.S.

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Apps Can Speed The Search For Love, But Nothing Beats A Real Date

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:29pm

Are those hours I spend swiping through Tinder getting me anywhere closer to actual romance? Yes, psychologists say. But chemistry doesn't come in an app, and that's what matters most.

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How Removing Checkpoints Could Make Israelis More Secure

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:09am

Social scientists recently analyzed the effects of removing Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. They found it markedly reduced anti-Israel sentiment, and actual acts of violence against Israel.

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Smoking's Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:42am

Tobacco's link to lung cancer, stroke and heart attack is well known. But smokers are also more likely to die from kidney failure, infections, and breast cancer, a revised tally suggests.

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PHOTO: Rosetta Sends 'An Impressive New Perspective' On Comet

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:42am

The European Space Agency probe has sent a new image of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from about 77 miles away.

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From The Cold Depths Of Space, A Smile Emerges

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:17am

In the Hubble image of a galaxy cluster, two bright galaxies resemble eyes, NASA says, "and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing."

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Know Your Exposure: A Cancer Quiz

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:03am

Throughout life we are subjected to many things that can affect our risk for developing cancer. Take our quiz to learn more.

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California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:06pm

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.

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Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:03am

Studying techniques for engineering our way out of climate change would be helpful — and not the same as actually trying them, says a panel convened by the National Research Council.

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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:36am

More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:16pm

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

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In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:55pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders.

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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:33am

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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