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Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:34am

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

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Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:31am

Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.

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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:07pm

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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Even Among Babies, Practice Makes Perfect

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:06pm

Babies as young as 7 months old are already rehearsing the motions behind speech, even though they can't talk yet. Robert Siegel speaks with the woman behind these findings — Patricia Kuhl, the co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at University of Washington.

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Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:56pm

From shelter mutts to show dogs, Texas canines are getting a parasite that causes heart problems in people. Dogs don't spread the parasite directly to humans. But they help to make it more prevalent.

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Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:51am

The year he landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was famous, iconic, an American hero. One year later he wasn't. In 1970, how many people remembered his name? This will surprise you.

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A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:40am

The crater is estimated at 262 feet wide and is in the northern Siberian area of Yamal, a name The Siberian Times says roughly translates as "the end of the world."

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Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:57am

Socializing topped the list of stress reducers for those dealing with a great deal of stress, according to an NPR poll. Prayer, meditation, exercise and playing with pets were also common responses.

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Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:27am

Stinking on the job is a common problem, say pros in human resources, and a reluctance to use soap and water is rarely to blame. Medical conditions, diet or cultural differences can play a role, too.

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Stroke Rate Declining In Older Adults

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:24pm

Deaths from stroke are dropping, too, a study suggests. But don't celebrate just yet — diabetes, a big risk factor for these "brain attacks," is still on the rise.

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What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:08pm

It's not easy to scan a baby brain, so scientists used a kind of scanner that lets the infants wiggle at will. They could see how speech sounds activate motor regions in babies' brains.

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Captain Ahab's Revenge: Brewing Beer From An Ancient Whale Bone

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:52pm

Yeast scraped from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil is the key ingredient in a "paleo ale" from a Virginia brewery. Like many scientific innovations, the idea came about late one night over a pint.

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Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 7:48am

Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.

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Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 7:03am

A play a quick game or a moment to connect with family or friends benefits both employees and their employers, a new study finds.

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Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:37am

Marine biologists worry that certain species won't survive the shifts in sea acidity that climate change brings. But research on sea grasses along California's coast suggest marine preserves can help.

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California Experiments With A Fix To Acidifying Oceans

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:37am

Marine biologists are witnessing oceans grow more acidic. There may be hope though as underwater vegetation along coastlines may buffer the acidity like a Tums does for acid indigestion.

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When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:30am

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found.

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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:06pm

When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.

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Do We Choose Our Friends Because They Share Our Genes?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:08pm

You and your friends may have more than music and movies in common. Friends typically have more genetic similarities than strangers, researchers say. That may have evolutionary advantages.

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Pathogens On A Plane: How To Stay Healthy In Flight

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:05am

We all think of airplanes as hotbeds for diseases. But how easily do pathogens spread on jets? One travel doctor explains what he does to keep from bringing home microbial stowaways.

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