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Flat-Earther Delays Launch In His Homemade Rocket, Saying 'It's Not Easy'

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 10:49am

Mike Hughes had planned to launch himself Saturday over the Mojave Desert in a quest to prove the world is flat. But he didn't count on a federal agency's rejection — or a significant tech breakdown.

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Idaho Dims The Lights For One Of The Best Night Skies Anywhere

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 6:59am

Central Idaho hopes to land on a very short list of the best places on Earth to see the Milky Way at night.

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Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:07am

Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will toss almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone. Massimo Bottura helps us fight food waste by showing us how to turn leftovers into a world-class new meal.

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To Save Water, Should You Wash Your Hands Of Hand Washing Dishes?

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 7:00am

The sustainable choice between the dishwasher and a manual scrub-down may just boil down to your washing style — but it's hard to beat today's efficient machines.

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The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 5:00am

Identifying where ice melts can help cities in planning for a future with elevated sea levels. In New York City, the sea level would be affected more by melting ice in northern Greenland than Canada.

NASA Taps Young People To Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 4:08am

Scientists at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center are hoping to use virtual reality technology to study space, and Earth, without leaving their offices. Talented high school students are helping.

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Human Brains Have Evolved Unique 'Feel-Good' Circuits

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 1:01pm

A comparison of brain tissue from monkeys, chimps and humans suggests that our brains produce the chemical messenger dopamine, which plays a major role in pleasure and rewards, far differently.

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Earth Increasingly Looks Lit-Up At Night

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 1:03pm

Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

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If The Developing World Can Go Solar, Maybe Puerto Rico Can Too

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:54am

With most of the island still without electricity, some Puerto Ricans are hoping to follow the example of developing world countries — and turn to the sun for power.

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From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:01am

From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:29pm

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

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Sugar Industry Shifted Blame For Heart Disease Onto Fats In The '60s

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:29pm

A new report out today reveals documents showing how the sugar industry influenced scientific research in the 1960s in a way that deflected concerns about the impact of sugar on health.

Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 6:44pm

U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than than sham surgery in their randomized test.

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Dog Owners Have Lower Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease, Swedish Data Suggest

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 5:27pm

Researchers looked at hospital visits in Sweden's public health care system and checked them against dog registration records. They found dog owners had lower rates of heart disease.

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Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:55pm

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

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Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A 'Medicane.' What's That?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:47pm

European weather sites posted imagery showing the swirling wind patterns and a waterspout over the Mediterranean. The low pressure system shared characteristics of tropical cyclones.

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How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:44pm

Researchers took temperature readings in Nairobi's biggest slum during the summer and compared it to readings from a weather station half a mile away. There definitely was a difference.

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Can Science Explain The Human Mind?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:53pm

Science will one day explain visual perception and memory loss. But will it also explain romantic love and morality? Tania Lombrozo considers people's beliefs about what science can and can't explain.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Regulators' OK In Nebraska, Clearing Key Hurdle

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:55am

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to approve the controversial pipeline — albeit not on the route preferred by TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL.

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Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:46am

When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.

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