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Comet Lander Wakes Up, Calls Home, After Long Sleep

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 10:18am

A little sunlight applied to solar panels proved the cure for what ailed the European Space Agency's Philae lander, which had been dormant from lack of power since November.

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Science Fair Winner Designs Device To Cut Virus Spread On Planes

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 8:03am

When 17-year-old Raymond Wang read about how easily some diseases spread on planes, he thought airlines could do better. So he went to work — and won $75,000 at the international science fair.

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Female Scientists Unleash Comedic Revenge At #Distractinglysexy

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 6:42am

After the sexist comments of Nobel Prize-winning British scientist Tim Hunt went viral, female scientists staged a counterblow on social media.

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Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 3:51am

Pixar's animated fantasy takes viewers inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley. Psychologists say the film offers an accurate picture of how emotions and memories help make us who we are.

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What Babies Understand About Adult Sadness

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:38pm

Babies may show greater empathy toward adults who overtly show sadness, a study suggests, but the little ones also recognize sadness in people who keep a stiff upper lip.

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Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:44pm

Will agricultural chemical dealers start selling microbes? Some big pesticide companies are investing in efforts to turn soil bacteria into tools that farmers can use to grow more food.

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NASCAR Goes Green: Gas-Guzzling Sport Works To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:32pm

NASCAR is probably not what you think of when it comes to being environmentally friendly. But it — and other sports leagues — is working to change that.

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Jack King, NASA's 'Voice Of Apollo,' Dies At 84

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:34am

He uttered the countdown heard 'round the world leading up to the launch of the first moon landing mission.

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Scientists Investigate What Makes Us Itch

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:03am

Scientists found a molecule crucial to perceiving the sensation of itching. It affects how the brain responds to serotonin, and may explain why anti-depressants that boost serotonin make some itch.

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Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:00am

Some organic farmers are protesting a new system Whole Foods is using to rate its suppliers. They say the system devalues the organic label because non-organic producers can earn the highest grades.

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How Little Red Dots Could Help Women And Babies Stay Healthy

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:19pm

A nonprofit in India is using bindis to give women an extra boost of iodine — a micronutrient that's especially critical during pregnancy.

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Should Tanning Bed Warnings Take A Cue From Graphic Cigarette Labels?

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:12pm

Graphic images showing the effects of melanoma, combined with photos promoting the positives of avoiding indoor tanning, were more persuasive than standard text warnings.

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Got Water? Most Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:01pm

More than half the young people in a recent study were at least mildly dehydrated — maybe enough to affect energy and concentration. Roughly 25 percent said they never drink water.

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Why Is This Fisherman Selling Threatened Bluefin Tuna For $2.99 A Pound?

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:56pm

That low price doesn't reflect the true state of Pacific bluefin: Scientists say it's in deep trouble. But fishermen who catch it say they're just trying to make a living — and obeying the law.

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Trio Of Astronauts Return To Earth After Record-Breaking ISS Mission

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:28am

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti surpassed a space endurance record for a female spacefarer.

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Data Dive Suggests Link Between Heartburn Drugs And Heart Attacks

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:45am

The drugs are proton-pump inhibitors, including Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. But the study doesn't show cause and effect. Other factors — diet, drink or tobacco — may play a role.

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Creepy or Comforting? South Korea Tracks Smartphones To Curb MERS

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:13pm

The government is trying to strike a balance between doing too little and doing too much to stop an outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome. But has it stepped over a line?

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Californians Look To Sierra Nevada Native Americans For Drought Solutions

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:47pm

In the Sierra Nevada mountains, North Fork Mono American Indians are working to thin the forest. Their ancient techniques are being considered as a possible long-term solution to the drought.

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Environmental Protection Agency Takes First Step In Limiting Aircraft Emissions

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:08pm

The agency hasn't outlined any specific emissions limits for aircraft engines, but it's begun the process that would lead to them.

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Saturn's Dark And Mysterious Outer Ring Is Even Bigger Than Expected

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:07pm

Scientists say the Phoebe ring is more than 200 times as big across as Saturn itself. They used a special infrared space telescope to get the best look yet at the massive ring of black dust.

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