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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:14am

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.

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What Does Sound Look Like?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:37am

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.

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This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:51pm

Back 2012, The Salt surveyed readers on their favorite pies during our Pie Week series. Recently, an Australian reader wrote in to let us know she pie-charted our results with mouth-watering real pie.

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The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:08pm

Childhood amnesia occurs gradually — and later than you might think, researchers say. Many 7-year-olds have robust memories of experiences from when they were 3 or even younger.

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Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:17pm

Scientist Lawrence Krauss says clips of him were "mined" to lend credibility to The Principle, a film he describes as "stupid" and "unbelievable."

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NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:28am

NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.

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How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:44am

New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments delayed.

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Play It Again And Again, Sam

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:22pm

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?

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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:45pm

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they've found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:22pm

Several scientific teams are developing sensitive tests for tumor DNA that, when perfected, could be used to diagnose cancer earlier, and more closely monitor the response to treatment.

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An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 3:26pm

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he tweeted photos and messages about his stint on the International Space Station.

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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:40am

The Justice Department wants the settlement against Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.

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The Power of Poop: A Whale Story

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:39am

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:39am

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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Could A 'Barbie' Get Real? What A Healthy Fashion Doll Looks Like

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:14pm

Barbie dolls are marketed with sports gear, but could they actually run on those spindly gams? The design for a doll based on an the average 19-year-old's physique looks like it really has legs.

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NASA Says A Lake Superior Lurks On Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:49am

Scientists say there's a large body of liquid water under the moon's south pole. Perhaps most exciting, they say, is that where there's water — particularly liquid water — there just might be life.

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Does Money Make You Mean?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Social psychologist Paul Piff describes how wealth changes behavior and how almost anyone's behavior can change when they're made to feel rich.

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Could Your Language Affect Your Ability To Save Money?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Behavioral economist Keith Chen says languages that don't have a future tense strongly correlate with higher savings.

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Are We Wired To Be Bad With Money?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Psychologist Laurie Santos studies human irrationality by observing how primates make decisions — including some not-so-savvy money choices their human relatives often make.

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Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:14pm

The vast majority of people, including soldiers, with PTSD, depression or other mental illness are not violent. Psychiatrists doubt the latest shooting at Fort Hood could have been predicted.

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