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Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:14pm

Researchers created a swarm of 1,024 tiny robots to do their bidding. So far, the only job they're given is to arrange themselves into a shape. But future versions could perform all sorts of tasks.

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There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:56pm

After learning that they'd spent decades restocking Colorado's lakes and streams with the wrong fish, biologists are now ready to release the right one.

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Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:05am

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.

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Stephen Hawking's Dazzling Life Becomes A Movie, But What Sort Of Movie?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:47am

Stephen Hawking in love — a new movie turns him into a romantic lead. But how will they handle the not-so-wonderful parts? Truthaholics want to know.

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:34am

Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.

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How A Co-Worker's Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:57am

When a woman at work experiences breast cancer, does that make her colleagues more likely to get mammograms and be proactive about their own health?

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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:25am

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Due To Shine Tonight

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 6:22pm

The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.

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In 'Um' Or 'Uh,' A Few Clues To What We're Saying — And Who's Saying It

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:13pm

Linguist Mark Liberman, who works at the University of Pennsylvania, says the use of "um" or "uh" can provide signs about the speaker's gender, language skills and life experience.

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Unlocking France's Secrets To Safer Raw Milk Cheese

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:58pm

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it has the potential to revolutionize our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:32pm

The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?

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A Life Of Anxiety Documented

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:33pm

John Keedy used to be uncomfortable talking about his problems with anxiety, but not anymore. He hopes his series of photos will help others with mental illness see that they're not alone.

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Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:32pm

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

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Elemental Storytelling

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:44am

Thomas Doyle tells stories with teeny frozen people. They aren't cold. They are frozen in time, but he freezes them with exquisitely suspenseful, Sherlock Holmes-like care.

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Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:11am

Several craft beer makers from the western U.S. are setting up operations in the East. But producing there means they must tinker with local water so the beer tastes the same wherever it's brewed.

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To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:14pm

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper has declared a compromise to avert a fight over oil and gas drilling. It's meant to solve fracking-related disputes, but it also serves Democrats' political interests.

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'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:30pm

The craze to embrace all things shark during Discovery's "Shark Week" in August is exploding onto menus. But the hype doesn't hide the fact that many of these creatures are endangered.

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Scientists Investigate Outbreak Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

Sea stars, commonly referred to as starfish, are experiencing a massive die off. Sea star wasting syndrome has wiped out millions of them along the West Coast — from Mexico to Canada.

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A Coping Plan Can Help Fend Off Depression From Vision Loss

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:28am

About 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes develop clinical depression. But developing strategies for staying engaged in passions and people may cut that risk by more than half.

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Tonight Look For The Super-Est Moon Of The Summer

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:34pm

The second of three so-called "supermoons" this year can be seen under clear skies tonight, but some argue the term is a bit of a stretch.

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