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Concerns Raised Over Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

Environmental groups that have mired the Keystone XL pipeline in delays now are focusing on LNG export terminals. They say opening up exports of natural gas will hasten domestic hydraulic fracturing.

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Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 4:14pm

Vitamin deficiencies near the time of conception change which genes get turned on during early development, scientists find.

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High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:03pm

The Supreme Court is upholding a major EPA air pollution rule. The rule seeks to rein in pollution from power plant smoke stacks which can make the air in downwind states unhealthy. Researchers say the rule finally addresses a disconnect between the science of air pollution and the laws that had tried to clean it up.

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Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:03pm

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.

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Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 1:33pm

Animals bark, sing, growl and chat. Plants, one would think, just sit there. But it turns out that plants bark, growl and chat as well. Here's how they do it.

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To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:41am

In a tornado, debris flung by high-speed winds can cause deadly injuries. A sturdy shelter is the best protection, but even lying in a ditch may save your life. Or putting on a bike helmet.

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What's The Secret To Pouring Ketchup? Know Your Physics

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:04am

Many restaurants still serve ketchup in glass bottles, but they make it hard to get the right amount onto your plate. A video explains how the problem lies with the physics of the condiment itself.

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Between Farmers And Frackers, Calif. Water Caught In Tussle

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 3:00pm

California's extreme drought has drawn battle lines over who gets water and who doesn't. As KQED's Lauren Sommer reports, fracking and farming are vying for freshwater in California's Central Valley.

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To Save A Satellite, Former NASA Guy Takes Crowdfunding To Space

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Keith Cowing discusses his campaign to save an old 1970s NASA spacecraft from becoming space junk. ISEE-3 is a satellite that was once used to monitor space weather, but it's been unused for decades. NASA doesn't want to spend the money to bring it back to life, but Cowing and his colleagues are determined to do it. If they can raise $125,000 on a crowdfunding site called RocketHub, Cowing says they'll contact ISEE-3, wake it up and put it back to good use.

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Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:43pm

Passing gas, in some instances, may be a sign that you're kicking your gut microbes into action. And that means they can help keep you healthy, says one scientist.

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Fire-Setting Ranchers Have Burning Desire To Save Tallgrass Prairie

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 2:33am

In eastern Kansas, ranchers burn the prairie every spring to bring back grass for grazing cattle. Environmentalists celebrate those fires because without them the delicate ecosystem would disappear.

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Astronaut Twins To Separate For The Sake Of Space Travel

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 4:21pm

Before NASA can send a manned mission to Mars, it needs to know more about how extended time in space affects the human body. Mark and Scott Kelly are the perfect subjects for such an experiment.

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Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 9:43am

The Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., got its new T. rex just in time to close its fossil hall for five years of renovations — longer than some dinosaur fans have even been alive.

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For New York, The '10-Year Storm' Isn't What It Used To Be

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 4:23pm

A new study says the worst floods in the city are both higher and 20 times more common than they were 170 years ago. But climate change is only part of the reason.

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Family Tree Of Pertussis Traced, Could Lead To Better Vaccine

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:04pm

Scientists tracking the ancestry of whooping cough say it arose abruptly in humans about 500 years ago, caused by a mutated bacterium that once lived only in animals. Genetic tricks helped it spread.

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'Don't Touch Me,' Said Canada. 'I Won't!' Said The USA, So They Moved 20 Feet Apart

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:32am

Canada and the USA agreed to create a 20-foot-wide corridor between them that runs for 5,500 continuous miles. Cartographers drew the line straight, but engineers built it crooked. Take a look.

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'Blood Victory' In Medical Research Dispute

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:16am

The Havasupai Native American tribe celebrated Blood Victory Day this week. That's the anniversary of their legal victory over researchers who misused members' blood samples without proper consent.

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What Happens To Our Brain When We're In Love?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:23am

Anthropologist Helen Fisher questions what happens in a brain when we're in love.

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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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