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Bison Or Brian? From A Calorie Perspective, Cannibalism Didn't Pay For Paleo Humans

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:52pm

Archaeological records show ancient humans sometimes ate each other. A new study suggests that hunting and eating other humans cost too much effort to be a regular thing. So why'd they do it?

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In Giant Virus Genes, Hints About Their Mysterious Origin

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:02pm

They're the Godzillas of the virus world, pushing the limit of what is considered alive. Researchers are trying to figure out where they came from. (And no, they aren't known to make people sick.)

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How Flawed Science Is Undermining Good Medicine

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

U.S. taxpayers pay $30 billion a year to fund biomedical research aimed at finding better treatments. But competition for scarce funding and tenure may be prompting some scientists to cut corners.

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Ex-Secretary Of State Advocates Causes Not Key On Modern Republic Agenda

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

James Baker--who served in two Republican White Houses--is writing about causes that don't figure prominently on the modern Republican agenda. He's advocating a global ban on the sale of ivory.

NASA's Cassini Begins Its Final Mission Before Self-Destruction

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

NASA's Cassini's spacecraft will begin the final stages of its 20-year mission to Saturn before diving into the planet and ending its lengthy stretch orbiting the planet.

Ex-Secretary Of State Advocates Causes Not Key In Modern Republican Agenda

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

James Baker, who served in two Republican White Houses, is writing about causes that don't figure prominently in the modern Republican agenda. He's advocating a global ban on the sale of ivory.

The Race To Fish Slows Down. Why That's Good For Fish, Fishermen And Diners

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:17pm

Catch shares allot fishermen a portion of the catch in advance, in hopes of keeping them from racing each other to sea, sometimes in risky climes. They're controversial. They also work, a study finds.

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Experts Suspect Nerve Agent Was Used In Syrian Attack

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:47am

An attack on a rebel-held region of Syria on Tuesday has killed dozens of people. Video and eyewitness reports suggest powerful chemical weapons are responsible.

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Do U.S. Troops Risk Brain Injury When They Fire Heavy Weapons?

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 5:02am

Some modern shoulder-fired weapons produce blast waves powerful enough to rattle the brain. A $30 million study aims to help the military figure out how much blast exposure, over time, is too much.

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VIDEO: Badger Burying A Cow Surprises Scientists

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:33pm

The researchers say it's the first time an American badger has been documented burying an animal larger than itself. It worked for five days and nights to accomplish the unexpected feat.

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Sound Matters: Sex And Death In The Rain Forest

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:08pm

Scientists eavesdropping in trees have decoded a high stakes game of hide and seek. Katydids rely on ultrasound to find mates and listen for bats, which use ultrasound to find the bugs, and eat them.

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Taking Shortcuts In Drug Testing Can Put Patients At Risk

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:42am

Researchers use intermediate endpoints like how a drug lowers cholesterol to get a quick sense of whether the drug might improve health. But those shortcuts often don't show true benefits and harms.

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Trump Team Urges Skimpier Health Plans To Lure More People To Buy Insurance

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:00am

A rule proposed by the Trump administration would likely raise the deductibles and copays of new policies sold on the exchanges, starting next fall. Monthly premiums would likely be cheaper.

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Inside The Hole: What Happens To The Mind In Isolation?

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 8:00pm

The use of solitary confinement in prisons has grown since the 1970s. Criminologist Keramet Reiter talks with us about the psychological effects that long-term isolation has on our minds.

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The Taste Of Wine Isn't All In Your Head, But Your Brain Sure Helps

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 2:13pm

Savoring the flavor of wine activates more gray matter than solving a complex math problem, according to neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd. His new book, Neurenology, explores your brain on wine.

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China Poised To Fill Leadership Void On Climate Policy – With Economic Incentives

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 4:58pm

Trump signed an executive order this week that will begin to roll back some of Obama's signature climate change policies. Georgetown University's Varum Sivaram explains what that could mean for China.




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