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Got My Goat? Vermont Farms Put Fresh Meat On Refugee Tables

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:08am

Americans don't eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise for refugees and immigrants, with hopes to mainstream it.

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Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:15pm

The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.

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Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:14pm

Most of us aren't as maleficent as the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty," but we're still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.

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Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:09pm

For decades, a mysterious quacking "bio-duck" has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean. Now scientists say the source is a whale.

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Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:01pm

Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?

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Music That Burns, Literally

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:33am

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire. They call it a "Pyro Board," and it plays music by pulsing the beats in flame. When the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 6:40am

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:17pm

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.

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A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:50pm

John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball.

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The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:06pm

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, we turn back to some predictions that The New York Times commissioned Isaac Asimov to make on the occasion. He got many things right.

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Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:10am

A pair of swans suggests Love Eternal. You often see them in twos, gliding together. But they're not Nature's Coupliest Birds. Which is?

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Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:29am

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn it could launch a new wave of abuse.

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:16pm

Last year a scientist said he'd found a new form of botulinum toxin, and was keeping details secret to keep the recipe from terrorists. But other science and public health labs were shut out, too.

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Powdered Liquor: Now Legal But Won't Be In Your Margarita Soon

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:09pm

The feds have approved dehydrated versions of vodka and even mojitos. Simply add water and voila! You've got a cocktail. But red tape will likely keep the high-proof powder off the market for a while.

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Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:39pm

Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. But these robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping paralyzed veterans walk again.

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Forced To Put Its Nets Away, One Fla. Town Clams Up — Literally

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:05pm

Since Florida banned gill nets 20 years ago, University of Florida researchers have helped Cedar Key replace commercial fishing with aquaculture. The area's now among the most productive clam farming regions in the U.S.

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No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:18am

A growing number of American mothers are staying home to raise their children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Listeners share their own stories about making that choice.

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VIDEO: Leopard Attacks Residents In Central India

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:07am

The big cat lunges at one man and chases panicked residents along rooftops in the Chandrapur, Maharashtra.

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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:00pm

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:00pm

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.

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