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Feeling Way More Stressed Out? You're Not Alone

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:36am

A January poll finds that people's stress levels have spiked since August, with two-thirds of people saying they're worried about the future of the nation.

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Oroville Dam Evacuations Lifted As Officials Say Structure Can Withstand Next Storm

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:13am

People who live downstream of the Northern California dam were allowed to return to their homes more than two days after the structure's concrete spillways suffered serious water damage.

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Researchers Examine Race Factor In Car Crashes Involving Pedestrians

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

Cars are less likely to stop when people of color step into intersections, a study says. That may partly explain why there are higher levels of pedestrian deaths among racial minority communities.

Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:56am

The musician and multimedia artist has created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY."

(Image credit: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography/Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery)

Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:01am

The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.

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Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth's Magnetic Field — By Accident

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:00am

The planet's magnetic field is weakening. Scientists aren't sure why, but studying ancient jars could help them find out. The ceramics provide a remarkable window onto Earth's magnetic past.

(Image credit: Image courtesy of Oded Lipschits)

From Vector To Zoonotic: A Glossary For Infectious Diseases

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 8:07am

The world of infectious diseases has more than a few words and phrases you might want to know more about. We've got definitions for 11 key terms.

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Why Killer Viruses Are On The Rise

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:41am

If you think there are more dangerous infectious diseases than ever, you're right. Here's why.

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Hookup Culture: The Unspoken Rules of Sex on College Campuses

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:01pm

Research suggests that college students are not having more sex than their parents were a generation ago. But sociologist Lisa Wade says the culture around sex has changed dramatically.

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90 Percent Of Fish We Use for Fishmeal Could Be Used To Feed Humans Instead

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 5:14pm

Currently, one-fourth of all fish caught globally goes to produce fishmeal and fish oil for farmed seafood, pigs and chickens. A lot of it is "food grade" and could be feeding the world's hungry.

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Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World's Deepest Waters

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 1:47pm

Tiny creatures in the Mariana Trench have high levels of industrial contamination. The new findings suggest that even Earth's most remote locales feel the effects of human beings.

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A Brain Tweak Lets Mice Abstain From Cocaine

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:47am

Scientists have created addiction-resistant mice by altering the reward system in their brains. The findings shed light on the biochemistry of addiction.

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To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:31am

What's the single most important thing that the world's farmers could do to reduce global warming? Give cattle — especially in the tropics — faster-growing, more nutritious pasture.

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Signs Of Hope At Oroville Dam, After Overflow Sparked Large Evacuation Sunday

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:58am

Lake Oroville's water level has finally dropped below its record high, after residents scrambled to comply with an evacuation order Sunday.

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This Heatless Habanero Packs All Of The Flavor With None Of The Burn

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:00am

Some breeders vie to grow ever more mouth-burning peppers. The guy behind the Habanada had a different goal: a habanero with no heat all. The aromatic, melon-like result is winning over top chefs.

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Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:30am

A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgements from social media may play a role, researchers say.

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Remembering The 'Edutainer' Who Made Statistics Come To Life

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:36am

He called himself an "edutainer." His gift was bringing statistics about the world to life. Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin remembers Swedish statistician Hans Rosling, who died this week.

Saving The Planet, One Burger At A Time: This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:21am

Pat Brown was a renowned biomedical researcher. But he left that to tackle what he saw as the biggest problem facing Earth: animal agriculture. His solution: a veggie burger so beef-like it bleeds.

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Look Up! Astronomer Details Upcoming Trifecta Of Celestial Activity

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

First, go outside, then look up! There's a trifecta of celestial activity Friday night, says astronomer Jackie Faherty, plus another sky watching tip.

EPA Staff Pulled From Alaska Summit After Trump Team Orders

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

The White House transition team told about half of the Environmental Protection Agency officials scheduled to attend an Alaska climate and environment conference to stay home. The EPA cites travel costs, but some of those kept away live right in Anchorage.

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