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Comet Lander Deploys Drill, But Could Lose Power Tonight

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:59am

Fearing that Philae's batteries won't last past Friday, engineers are looking at possible ways to help it get more power from its solar panels. One ray of hope: Its comet is heading toward the sun.

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Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:45am

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

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Strategies Help Calif. Ranchers, Farmers Weather Drought

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:06am

California likely produces more than half of all fresh food we eat in the U.S. Three years of severe drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to rethink just about everything about their businesses.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 2:27am

The astrophysicist has been tweeting about the science behind the film. In an interview with NPR, Tyson goes beyond those tweets, into wormholes, relatively and even a few spoilers.

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Why The 'Invasivores' Haven't Pounced On Bear Meat

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 5:11pm

Bear is traditional American grub, and hunting bear for meat can help control overpopulation. But bear meat isn't going to make its way into restaurants or onto the average dinner table anytime soon.

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Feds List Gunnison Sage Grouse As Threatened Species

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:13pm

The bird is now protected under the Endangered Species Act, which could stop some oil and gas development in Colorado and Utah — and will likely start a number of legal challenges.

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After Bouncy Landing, Philae Lander At Rest On Comet

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:13pm

Scientists have established contact with the lander, but they're not sure where on the comet it is. The lander apparently bounced after touching down, and its future may be uncertain.

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Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:06pm

A quarter of the dialysis patients who were in New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit missed at least one treatment due to power outages. Yet, not many are prepared for the next disaster.

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40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 5:49pm

Just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery until now.

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What Exactly Are 'Monster Storms' And 'Bomb Cyclones'?

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

The northern U.S. is getting a blast of unseasonably cold weather, thanks to what has been dubbed a "bomb cyclone." The Washington Post's Jason Samenow explains that and other odd weather terms.

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Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

The European Space Agency on Wednesday successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet — something that has never been done before. But scientists say the lander may not be fully secure.

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For U.S.-China Deal On Greenhouse Gases, The Devil Is In The Details

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

Scientists say a new deal between the U.S. and China on greenhouse gases is a positive move toward new models for controlling emissions, but that it won't keep the Earth from dangerous levels of warming.

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Comet Landing: European Craft Due To Make Contact Today

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:25am

As it hopes to learn the Philae robotic lander successfully settled onto the comet's surface, the European Space Agency says it is in contact with the spacecraft.

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China And U.S., Titans Of Carbon Pollution, Move To Cut Gases

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:08am

China and the U.S. account for more than a third of greenhouse gases — making it vital that any broad climate plans include the pair.

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How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:47am

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.

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Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:24pm

Players and managers in major team sports have leveraged sophisticated data analyses for years to improve game-time performance. Now one-on-one athletes are picking up Moneyball tactics, too.

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After Their Numbers Plummet, NOAA Bans Cod Fishing In Gulf Of Maine

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:16pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is shutting down cod fishing, from Provincetown up to the Canadian border. No fishermen — commercial or recreational — may trawl or use certain large nets that might catch cod.

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Regulators Ban Cod Fishing In New England As Stocks Dwindle

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:16pm

The federal government is shutting down cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine for the next six months. But fishermen, who now face an uncertain future, dispute the government's cod counts.

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How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:04am

Do people with Ebola actually cry tears of blood? What happens if the U.S. Army thinks you might have Ebola? We catch up with science writer David Quammen to discuss truths and myths about the virus.

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Researchers To Attempt Robotic Landing On Comet's Surface

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 2:30am

Putting a probe on a comet's surface would be a first for mankind. But it doesn't look like it will be easy.

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