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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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Nobel Laureate In Hot Water For 'Trouble With Girls' In Labs

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:10pm

"Three things happen when they are in the lab," biochemist Tim Hunt said at a large conference. "You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry."

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It's Spawning Season: Are Horseshoe Crabs Down For the Count?

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:03pm

Migratory birds and humans have long relied on the odd creatures, and scientists now fear they're on the decline. This time each year, volunteers fan out along Mid-Atlantic coast to count the crabs.

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Some Insured Patients Still Skipping Care Because Of High Costs

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:55pm

Research shows that, even with health insurance, many people put off expensive surgery, medicine and tests because they can't afford the high deductibles or copays. A few states hope to change that.

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More Evidence That Parents' Ages Could Influence Autism Risk

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:13pm

A large, international study found that kids born to older parents had higher rates of autism. Having a teen mom or parents with a large gap between their ages also increased the autism odds.

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Like Us, Chimps Go Bananas For Booze

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:39pm

Scientists have spotted chimpanzees routinely sipping palm wine from trees in Guinea. The study supports a theory that our common relatives evolved the ability to digest alcohol millions of years ago.

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Retailers Use Time To Their Advantage; More Impulse Products Sold

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

Retailers have learned that the more time consumers spend in a store, the more likely they'll make impulse purchases. Stores are adapting the "shopping experience" accordingly.

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Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:43pm

Up to half of all results from biomedical research laboratories these days can't be replicated by other science teams. Why not? Myriad flubs slow progress in the hunt for cures.

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Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:08pm

The world's biggest seed company wants to buy the world's biggest pesticide company, Syngenta. Syngenta is playing hard to get, but a veteran industry executive says the deal may happen.

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To Beat Insomnia, Try Therapy For The Underlying Cause Instead Of Pills

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:19am

A review of the medical evidence finds that therapy can break the cycle of chronic sleeplessness by addressing the anxieties that cause many people to stay awake.

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Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:04am

Researchers studying the effects of marijuana faced an obstacle: they couldn't create an exact control group. But a change in drug laws in the Netherlands offered a perfect laboratory.

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As MERS Outbreak Surges, Genetic Tests Show Virus Hasn't Mutated

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 7:38pm

So the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea is probably due to other factors, such as a delayed response to the outbreak and poor infection control at hospitals.

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Solar Sail Unfurls In Space

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:14pm

A nonprofit has successfully tested technology that could one day be used to explore the solar system on a budget.

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Online Health Searches Aren't Always Confidential

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:41pm

Searching a medical issue on the Internet seems harmless enough, but one researcher found that online medical searches may be seen by hidden parties, and the data even sold for profit.

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Pitmasters Embrace New Barbecue Truth: Rested Meat Is Sublime

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:37pm

How to rest a pork shoulder, a beef brisket or rack of ribs to keep it moist hours after it comes off the pit? Restaurants now use warming units, but DIY home warmers are just as good.

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NASA Sends 'Flying Saucer' On Its Way To 120,000 Feet Above Earth

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:34pm

A giant balloon is carrying the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator to an altitude of 120,000 feet. Then it'll go even higher before heading back down.

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Do Creativity And Schizophrenia Share A Small Genetic Link? Maybe

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:18am

The notion goes back to the ancients — that minds given to flights of fancy are on the healthy side of a spectrum that includes what we today call psychosis. An Icelandic gene study offers new clues.

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