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New Labels Warn That A Tender Steak Could Be A Little Dangerous

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 2:26pm

Mechanically tenderized meat — which has been punctured with needles to break down the muscle fibers and make it easier to chew — has a greater chance of being contaminated and making you sick.

What Can Today's Designers Learn From Nature?

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 7:36am

Science writer Janine Benyus believes innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more.

How Do You Lift A Million Pounds Of Stainless Steel? Very Carefully

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:00am

The U. S. is the proud owner of the world's largest deadweight machine, used to calibrate high-tech measurement devices. Repairing it recently was risky, using 50 year-old tools. No toes were smashed.

FDA Considering Pricey Implant As Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 3:40am

The FDA could soon approve an implantable form of a drug used to treat opioid addiction. While the approach helped patients avoid relapse in tests, its price may be prohibitive for some, doctors say.

California Will Let Local Authorities Assess Water Conservation Goals Amid Drought

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:44pm

This will replace mandatory state-driven standards. It's happening because California's drought — now entering its fifth year — is easing in some parts of the state but not others.

Nine-Year-Old Helps Shape Obama Administration's Approach To Science

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:26pm

The Obama administration gathered feedback from students about what they want to see in STEM programs. This came after 9-year-old Jacob Leggette encouraged President Obama to ask students about their opinions at a White House science fair.

WATCH: 'Robot Flies' Learn To Stick The Landing

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 1:30pm

Researchers have created tiny robots that can perch on surfaces — which could someday make them useful for communications and surveillance.

'You Are Getting Sleepy,' Said The Scientist To The Fruit Fly

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:45am

Research on sleep-deprived fruit flies identified specific brain cells that can trigger sleep. The finding of these sleep circuits in insects could help scientists better understand human insomnia.

For Wheelchair Users, A RoboDesk For Electronic Devices

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:01am

An Indiana inventor hopes his tray mount will help bridge gaps in education tech and eliminate some of the stigma associated with coming to class in a wheelchair.

In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:09pm

Researchers experimenting with chimeric embryos say they could develop into adult pigs, sheep or cows with human organs that one day might be suitable for transplantation in people.

Can A Tiny Wasp Save The Citrus Industry?

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 12:56pm

Citrus greening, spread by a ravenous pest, has destroyed millions of acres of fruit and cost billions in damage. Fortunately, these pernicious peewees are prime prey for another parasitic predator.

Autism Can Be An Asset In The Workplace, Employers And Workers Find

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:39am

Roughly 40 percent of young adults with autism spectrum disorder aren't finding jobs. But some employers are now recruiting adults on the spectrum as an untapped talent pool of focused workers.

Salt-Resistant Rice Offers Hope For Farmers Clinging To Disappearing Islands

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

Climate change is reshaping land and lives in India's Sundarbans region, where paddies are being overrun by saltwater. But resilient varieties of rice may let vulnerable families stay a while longer.

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Bengal Tigers, Climate Change Experts Say

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

Deep in the world's largest mangrove forest, rangers go on patrol to protect the wild Bengal tiger in its natural habitat. Sometimes this leads to deadly encounters.

Girls And Older Adults Are Missing Out On Parks For Recreation

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:01am

A survey of parks in 25 major cities find that they're used mostly by young children and teenage boys. Walking loops and other options that would appeal to women are in short supply.

Top Scientists Say GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:57pm

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, such as that they've boosted crop yields, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.

Journey To The Sundarbans: The 'Beautiful Forest' Of Mangroves

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:26pm

Sundarbans literally means "beautiful forest," but as the novelist Amitav Ghosh writes, "There is no prettiness here to invite the stranger in."

Texas Oil Company Faces Criminal Charges Over Southern California Spill

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:26pm

The oil company responsible for a large spill along the Southern California coast a year ago has been indicted by a state grand jury on criminal charges stemming from the disaster.

Pipeline Company Indicted Over 2015 California Oil Spill

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:11pm

Plains All American Pipeline company is facing 46 criminal counts after one of its pipelines ruptured last year, spilling crude oil that fouled miles of coastline near Santa Barbara.

Rising Sea Levels Made This Republican Mayor A Climate Change Believer

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:03am

Already, expensive neighborhoods are flooding more often in Coral Gables, Fla. Mayor James Cason wants his city prepared for the economic fallout.




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